Tori has written 42 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2021.

  • The Swerve

    The Swerve


    A film that is slowly suffocating, as our protagonist is as well. It's a rough one, but very well done.

    tw/cw: child death
    pedophilia/statutory rape
    animal death (mouse)

  • From a Whisper to a Scream

    From a Whisper to a Scream


    Overall this is an exceptionally solid horror anthology, even if I have some issues with the last two. I could've done without the 'evil voodoo queen Black woman~' and then the last one was so back and forth, I guess maybe the point was no side in the Civil War had purely good people but it still feels like the Confederates were made out to be more sympathetic ultimately?? Idk. I enjoyed it though, ultimately. Maybe I'm a sucker for Vincent Price and implied murder lesbians.

    tw/cw: sexual assault/necrophilia
    blood/gore/body horror
    child death

  • Bug



    I'm blown away that Hulu says this is rated PG when not one but TWO people go up in flames screaming, and we see people blown up in a car and die. And a girl has a "fire bug" burn her ear until it bleeds.

    These bugs can light things on fire with their asses, and that's only the beginning thanks to a mad scientist type whose motivations are entirely unclear aside from grief I guess. It's both goofy in premise but ultimately plays it straight, which generally works.

    tw/cw: blood
    insects/bugs obvs

  • Death Becomes Her

    Death Becomes Her


    I wish fatphobia wasn't rampant in this, but the ladies were all very good. I like letting them go wild with it and be the main force of the comedy in their viciousness. Clearly they were secret lesbians that couldn't get their shit together.

    tw/cw: body horror/blood
    eye scream
    fatphobia as mentioned

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    There's so much good about this, particularly in finally humanizing and giving a non-racist or stereotyped character from the tribe on Skull Island while also making her disabled. Big monke lov teeny baby :(

    It's always funny to me that these films ALWAYS have people complaining about there being basically ANY humans at all involved which is amazing considering every Godzilla film that is well regarded......... also had humans involved in the plot. The first one would not be so…

  • The Seventh Curse

    The Seventh Curse


    There's GREAT creatures in this, and it feels like if a Bond film was done with way more blood, gore, and cool monsters. AKA infinitely better honestly.

    tw/cw: blood/gore
    body horror

  • Poison



    Looking at what homophobia and being gay feels like through different lenses is exactly what this accomplishes, it's rough and raw but very real.

    tw/cw: rape/sexual assault

  • Shocker



    Is this film goofy and bonkers in it's premise? Yes. But that's what makes it totally original and fun, and I had a great time with it. I wish the girlfriend hadn't been fridged so early, and I have mixed feelings about how nice it was to have two Black men who had a lot of agency and involvement with the main character while also losing one of them in the process, but at least both didn't die? They were all really supportive of Jonathan which was part of what made it unique.

    tw/cw: blood
    epilepsy warning

  • Earwig and the Witch

    Earwig and the Witch


    The complaints that this ends pretty abruptly is valid, and having watched the dub I will say the dialogue feels stilted at times. I'm not sure if that's the fault of the translation or not, but I don't get the complaints about the animation. I love 2D animation, but it's not like the animation is poorly done.

    It was cute overall, and while imperfect, I think people are being overly harsh because of the Ghibli connection tbh. Maybe I'm a sucker for the Mandrake's whole thing!!! Who can say.

    tw/cw: kinda fathphobic remark

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League


    Yeah it's long, yeah if you're bugged by the sepia tones you're going to have a problem, but I'd much rather have seen Snyder's original goal for the film that included far more attention and care given to Cyborg, a Black and disabled man who was treated as such and with respect. We should be getting a film with him too, but at least there's this.

    tw/cw: epilepsy warning

  • The Monster Club

    The Monster Club


    After a shitty night of anxiety attacks and not sleeping, this was the exact fun horror-comedy anthology I needed to help me relax. I love the stripper sequence, and what a generally chill vibe it had.

    tw/cw: Nothing really except for implied animal death

  • Warlock



    Aside from the abrupt and WEIRD amount of homophobia right off the bat, this was ultimately a fun time that didn't let itself get too bogged down in the 'man out of time' stuff in favor for just telling its story.

    tw/cw: homophobia
    blood/eye scream