Gh0stman has written 18 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2020.

  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★

    Despite a great dystopian beginning and two winning performances by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Joe Versus the Volcano slowly peters out in a far-fetched plot which culminates in a ludicrous finale; all done in the most blase way possible. The romance of the film is well realized and is not the problem, the problem is what surrounds it. I understand the filmmakers wanted a fantasy but they also seem to disregard the set up in the beginning and they…

  • The Skulls

    The Skulls

    ★★

    MTV Presents,

    Eyes Wide Shut: The Early Days

  • You Only Live Twice

    You Only Live Twice

    ★★

    Despite the amazing, breathtaking sets by Ken Adam, the sumptuous cinematography, and the most quintessential villain in Donald Pleasance's Blofeld, You Only Live Twice is, generally, a belligerently racist movie that's ignorant and irresponsible as hell; which nearly all stems from Roald Dahl's bigoted script. Throughout, Bond is depicted as literally superior to every Japanese person and he even is given the opportunity to become more Japanese than the Japanese by disguising himself as a Japanese man. He literally goes…

  • Thor

    Thor

    ★★

    It's been awhile since I've seen this one, probably almost a decade. It's about as good as I remember it to be, which means it's kind of terrible. The 'fish out of water' comedy is handled clumsily and the Asgard royal court drama is badly done. As a result, Thor sits very awkwardly between a dramatic LOTR-esque high fantasy epic that has ambitions of prestige and a self-parody. The saving grace that keeps it from being unwatchable is Hemsworth's charismatic performance and Hiddleston's cunning Loki, who is a well-conceived villain here and later on.

  • Bloodsport

    Bloodsport

    ★★

    Pretty bad but Van Damme & company gift the movie with a nutty tongue-in-cheek quality that makes it watchable. The fight scenes are dull and amateurish in their staging and the production value is often wasted. Still, I can see why this was Van Damme's breakout movie. He has the obvious makings of a movie star here. One can see the potential.

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★

    Underwhelming and uninspired, Mulan (2020) is a real disappointment. The cast is game, the photography is pretty, the sets are big, but the film isn't able to competently tell a story. Running two hours long, somehow the film has less character development and character building moments than its ninety minute, animated musical counterpart. Right when it seems to get going, it starts to end. There's something about the generation of filmmakers who are forty to fifty-five in America that seem…

  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    ★★

    A total trainwreck but also an intriguing one. The beginning isn't bad, you can see the movie it could've been but it does indeed get worse and worse. It's a shame this is Sean Connery's last movie before his retirement, he had so many more great roles in him. Maybe he could've been a Transformer or in the MCU. I'm joking but in all honesty, he'd fit right in.

  • The Fall

    The Fall

    ★★

    Too vague and de-centered to actually be an effective piece of art. Nobody knows the context of the actions transpiring. For all we know, it could be Hitler that the masked mob throws down in that hole. While that's obviously an extreme example, I do think the film refuses to answer anything because the filmmakers don't have any clear idea of what they are depicting and why. If they did, it wouldn't be so undefined.

  • Crocodile

    Crocodile

    ★★

    Objectively bad but also kind of entertaining? Its characters are unforgivably vapid and shitty and the story is as barebones as its titular creature's victims. The crocodile in question is also created by hilariously terrible CGI, even by 2000's standards. The film is never scary for a moment and gets progressively dumber as it goes on. It's bad but I also have to admit I was never bored which automatically makes it a better Gator film than Lake Placid. Still, if you're watching this, then you probably don't have anything better to do with your time.

  • Frightmare

    Frightmare

    ★★

    Frightmare is a middling horror film that has some good laughs and good kills but doesn't build up to much. For a Troma film it feels subdued, as if the filmmakers were trying to be highbrow with the material. Like the Scream movies, one wishes the film was either wackier or more hardcore. It can't make up its mind.

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    ★★

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a film that's easy on the eyes but often misbegotten. Its production is highly impressive, one can easily see the scope of its design and the care put into its every detail, but the narrative is uneven and unconvincing. Fincher's film strives to say something about the transient nature of time and the inherent regrets of a human life, much like Welles' two films: Citizen Kane and the Magnificent Ambersons'. It's a film…

  • The Grand Bizarre

    The Grand Bizarre

    ★★

    While admittedly pretty and recurrently stimulating in a solely visual way, Jodie Mack's The Grand Bizarre ends up becoming an overlong endurance test with the very depth of its prominently featured textiles. I think Jodie Mack is a talented filmmaker, as evident by the sheer effort and observable creativity here, but her film is repetitive and shallow-minded. Notwithstanding a meager self-reflexivity, Mack's film is mainly preoccupied with reproducing an objectification of prized items, buying into a facade of hollow consumerism.…