Gh0stman has written 39 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6

    ★★★★★

    A total blast of fun and definitely one of the franchise's very finest installments. I'd probably say it's in the Top 3 for sure, along with Fast Five and the original. Looking back, a lot of the action scenes hold up exceptionally (superb direction by Justin Lin) and it's fascinating how this one advanced the series. It brought back even more past characters and it also tied up some loose ends while also starting new ones. Still, what's most interesting…

  • War

    War

    ★★★★

    A reliable and sturdy action movie that boasts a strong crime story and two great action stars being pit against each other. In a few ways, it's almost like a martial arts Heat. Jet Li and Statham excel in their roles and the action is also well done and inspired (choreography by Corey Yuen!). Although the direction is somewhat pedestrian, in particular during the dialog scenes, the film finishes off with a great narrative twist that I totally did not…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★★

    Hits both the funny bone and tear ducts just perfectly. I hope James Gunn makes more than just three of these.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★

    Tenet is an entertaining two and a half hours that honestly can't help but feel like a missed opportunity to be something deeper and high-minded. Due to all the hype and press, I expected the film to be something so complicated, complex, and intricate that I would have to watch it multiple times and that the action scenes would be game-changers. I agree that the action sequences are incredible and truly eye-opening but I found the story to be much…

  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    ★★★★★

    One of the great war films along with Ken Loach's Land and Freedom, which together would make a most outstanding double feature. This should be required viewing for all leftists and anyone interested in history. As always, Loach brilliantly dramatizes his story to magnify how politics materially influences people's lives in the most direct and important of ways and here that drama is cut in the starkest terms. Revolution or tyranny, life or death for a nation and a people.…

  • The 51st State

    The 51st State

    ★★★★

    Better than any Tarantino; funnier and has a better portrayal of the nineties than his nineties crime films. It's interesting to note how each decade doesn't really feel like it truly began and finished as an era on the exact start and end of each decade. The nineties seemed to truly begin in '91 with grunge, Terminator 2, Tupac, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the Gulf War. The zeitgeist event which seemingly single-handedly retired the nineties and jumpstarted…

  • Fast Five

    Fast Five

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece.

  • Tightrope

    Tightrope

    ★★★

    An intermittently engaging thriller that's interesting due to how it subverts and plays with Eastwood's acting persona. Here, the hero cop is a divorced dad who leads a seedy double life at night, where spends his time boozing and frequenting New Orleans' red light district. Eastwood's character can't reconcile his identity between fatherly cop and horny drunk and that gets him into deep trouble in a role that's fairly far from Dirty Harry. Still, the filmmaking isn't on par with…

  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    ★★★★★

    One of the funniest movies ever made, no cap.

  • Message from the King

    Message from the King

    ★★★★

    An absorbing thriller that has a satisfying slow burn to its story and is supplied some surprising twists and turns. Chadwick Boseman gives yet another strong performance with gravitas and the supporting cast is also game. The filmmaking is also very capable but what makes this one stand out is its bold narrative; which seems to make Los Angeles like one of the most sordid cities in the world. Which is probably very true considering what keeps popping up in the news about the city every other day. Anyways, good film and Chadwick is great in it. RIP.

  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    ★★★★★

    One of the best films of the 90s, the best of the franchise, and a great way to end the utter shitshow that was the year 2020.

  • Defending Jacob

    Defending Jacob

    Boring, drawn out, mediocre, and indecisive, Defending Jacob is an indefensibly monotonous and insubstantial drama. It's a show that literally can't make up its mind on any of its central figures or themes and merely just wallows in chic bourgeois miserablisms and mistakes strong storytelling as consisting of an endless and repetitious stoking of fears and doubts. One can find some of what it's attempting, a deconstruction of the contemporary information (or misinformation) era, interesting but the show cowardly backs…