Tori has written 90 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2020.

  • Holiday Hell

    Holiday Hell

    ★★½

    While Jeffrey Combs certainly is the best actor in this overall (and is why I watched it), I still had a decent time watching it. At least the first short had some deaf/ASL representation, and the fact that there was a Hanukkah story was something.

    tw/cw: blood/gore

  • The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    ★★½

    It's not bad but it's just got nothing to make it all that memorable. The acting is all solid though.

    tw/cw: blood

  • Blood Beat

    Blood Beat

    ★★½

    There is so much that is inexplicable about this film, one of the main things being why it IS a Christmas horror movie that also features a girl possessed by a samurai spirit who is also maybe her bf's dad that also make her orgasm while it's killing people????

    It's fucking bizarre but in a fun way if also a 'what the fuck is going on' way.

    tw/cw: blood/gore
    animal death (there's a deer that's gutted to be cleaned out by a hunter)

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★½

    Nolan is far too pretentious for his own good, and the sentiment he keeps accidentally making gay ass films because he can't write women for shit is absolutely true. That being said, John David Washington is good, and I do appreciate him being the lead and carrying a lot of the film when he's not being very gay with Robert Pattinson.

    tw/cw: blood
    spouse abuse

  • The Wild, Wild Planet

    The Wild, Wild Planet

    ★★½

    I really lost the thread on this one once they started getting a tour of the facility with the fake (?) doll (?) people (?) and am not a fan of the end but there was also a dude in a trenchcoat who would hug people with it and turn them into still living teeny dolls so that was fun.

    Also the spaceship-y cars were really cute.

    tw/cw: Sort of blood/gore but like very clearly not real lmao

  • Ava

    Ava

    ★★½

    I love Chastain, Farrell, and Geena Davis, but none of them could save this film from being pretty typical of a spy drama. Nobody did a bad job really, it's just predictable as hell.

    tw/cw: blood

  • The Princess Switch: Switched Again

    The Princess Switch: Switched Again

    ★★½

    Unnecessary but still fine, but there is an annoying amount of shoving for a relationship to happen which was just like eye rolly.

    tw/cw: Nothing??? I don't think

  • The House in the Middle

    The House in the Middle

    ★★½

    Things that FEEL racist but aren't technically that (but isn't it really?)

    They really tried to make it out that if you get fucked up by a nuke it's because you weren't tidy enough, incredible.

    tw/cw: N--nothing I guess but I felt like I was being gaslit lmaooooooo

  • The Strange World of Planet X

    The Strange World of Planet X

    ★★½

    This has big bugs and an alien and a 'maybe man is the true strange thing/evil/whatever' resolution typical of this era, but also a laughable amount of sexism with old white men huffing and puffing that a woman couldn't POSSIBLY be allowed to operate a computer, and yet she winds up with one of them.

    At least there was a little girl that was super into bugs though, I appreciated that representation.

    tw/cw: big ol bugs/insects

  • The Princess Switch

    The Princess Switch

    ★★½

    It's fine, nothing too eye rolly. At least there's A Black love interest instead of just the Black best friend.

    tw/cw: Nothin

  • The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

    The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

    ★★½

    Not as good as the first one, but it's fun. I was shocked to see how much older Julian Dennison got, even just from DP 2.

    tw/cw: ableist language

  • The Driller Killer

    The Driller Killer

    ★★½

    Evidentially I'm missing something, because I didn't enjoy this but it seems a lot of people do. All I can think about to comment on is how gross the pizza looked, I thought it had green beans on it for a solid minute.

    tw/cw: blood/gore
    homophobic slurs