The latest entry in the Rocky/Creed franchise and the directorial debut of one Michael B. Jordan, Creed III continues the legacy of its predecessors while simultaneously feeling fresh and distinct from them. Overall, this has a much more serious tone than compared to previous entires and is attempting a lot more both story-wise and style-wise, to varying degrees of success. While he doesn't quite hit the same notes that Ryan Coogler did in the original Creed, Michael B showcases a…
The Whale 2022
One of the most cynical and transparent attempts at emotionality I've ever seen. A film that gawks at and bathes in the misery of its protagonist, then ocassionally splices in scenes of people being weepy and calls it empathy. The dialogue is just abysmal, with bouts of awkward exposition and overwritten lines meant to sound meaningful, but come off as comical. The performances, while by far the most admirable aspect of the movie, are severely undercut by the lackluster script and direction. After seeing this, I think finally understand where the Aronofsky detractors are coming from.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977
Admittedly, there were points where I wasn't feeling that much, but by the time the big finale rolled around, it all came together so perfectly.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
Considering that Temple of Doom, is often regarded as the weakest of the original trilogy, its surprising to me just how much more exciting and visceral my experience with it was compared to this. While The Last Crusade is technically superb (as all of Spielberg's work are) and Ford and Connery are a lot of fun together, it does often feel as if Spielberg and company are merely retreading old territory– trying to harken back to the original film without innovating on it in any way. Thus, I unfortunately came away feeling somewhat underwhelmed, and low key kinda wanting go back to Temple of Doom
I'm Thinking of Ending Things 2020
“I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It dominates. There’s not much I can do about it. Trust me. It doesn’t go away. It’s there whether I like it or not. It’s there when I eat. When I go to bed. It’s there when I sleep. It’s there when I wake up. It’s always there. Always.”
It's been two days since I first watched I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and it hasn't…
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio 2022
Although there's a lot to like about del Toro's take on the Pinocchio story, not least of which is the animation, I'm frankly underwhelmed by the film as a whole. As promising as the idea of a Pinocchio set in Fascist Italy is, the film hardly interrogates the subject of fascism in a way that's truly meaningful or interesting (like in say, Pan's Labyrinth); it ultimately comes off feeling like mere set dressing. On top of that, the musical numbers…