• The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★★½

    Love that this is just a chill hangout movie on the everyday life of Matthew McConaughey. Great soundtrack too with a lovely cast of characters and fun tone and dialogue, with some great humorous moments.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★½

    THE LAST DUEL rules!!! It’s one of Ridley Scott’s best films, some of the most effective work he has done in years. Just incredible piece of movie-making: Epic in scale, visually thrilling, technically astonishing, full of uniformly powerful performances by movie stars and ideas. It's really smartly crafted, telling the same story from three alternate perspective can be difficult, but the film succeeds. Loved the subtle changes in details & performances in each segment. Comer elevates this immensely. And the titular…

  • Demolition Man

    Demolition Man

    ★★★½

    The year is 2032. Sandra Bullock's office in police headquarters has a poster for Lethal Weapon 3 on the wall.

  • Affliction

    Affliction

    ★★★★

    “Our stories, Wade's and mine, describe the lives of the boys and men for thousands of years: boys who were beaten by their fathers, whose capacity for love and trust was crippled almost at birth, men whose best hope for connection with other human beings lay in detachment, as if life was over.”

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★★½

    ㅤ ㅤ ㅤㅤ PTA 🤝🏽 Me
    ㅤㅤㅤ"I liked Venom 2."



    Venom : Let There Be Carnage is a good 90s throwback crowdpleasing B-movie. A total blast & it's never trying to be much more. Venom and Eddie dynamic is so wholesome, this is the best rom-com of this year. They took all the good goofy, schlocky fun shit from the last one, dialed it up past 11. That animated flashback sequence with the letter made me laugh so hard. Starring four Oscar nominees, who understood the assignment! Tom Hardy was great in a batshit crazy way, he really goes for it and elevates this whole thing.

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★

    THE SHINING starring Kristen Stewart.

    At once a tragic portrait and an absorbing character study, this one transcended the rules of the biopic to make a psychological horror drama with a towering performance by Stewart. That Johnny Greenwood score perfection!

  • The World Is Not Enough

    The World Is Not Enough

    ★★★

    THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH is one of those “better than the sum of its parts” movies. I don’t think it’s as bad as its rep, there’s a lot that’s stupid and clunky with plenty of cheese, but it works as a whole. Some really good action set pieces. Brosnan is a great 007 and Sophie Marceau is a wickedly fun as Electra King. Robert Carlyle is a boring villian & Denise Richards' is miscast, but the issue was both characters…

  • The Train

    The Train

    ★★★★★

    John Frankenheimer's THE TRAIN is a goddamn masterpiece. A big scale yet taut & tight adrenaline-fueled action flick that leaves you at the edge of your seat until the very end. It's crazy how much of a spectacle and how much fun the film is, despite the grim premise. Also the movie feels very modern, especially with its characterizations of the protagonist and antagonist. Frankenheimer used real locations, no models, big explosions, and real crashes. They actually blew up a train…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★

    Edgar Wright just isn’t good without Simon Pegg.

    LAST NIGHT IN SOHO is my biggest disappointment of 2021. It has some real craftsmanship & formal excellence on display but this whole thing after a point feels repetitive & frustrating. The weird messaging aside, the film is too obvious in it's plotting and themes with zero nuance and the movie is more concerned with hitting plot beats than telling the story the best way for the character. And almost every character is a…

  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★★★

    PTA was a fully formed filmmaker from the beginning. The fact that Hard Eight is easily PTA's weakest film, but ALSO it's a debut feature, which is better than some directors' entire filmographies.
    Hard Eight is a fine neo-noir and a smart little character study of Philip Baker Hal’s Sydney with some of the best work Gwyneth Paltrow & John C. Reilly ever did, also contains the origin of his of surrogate families & father-son themes. That PSH cameo is an absolute all-timer.

  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye

    ★★★½

    GOLDENEYE wasn't nearly as great as I remembered it was. Still really enjoyable with some great setpieces that tank chase is just incredible. The tone balances between goofy Bond and serious Bond perfectly. And Pierce Brosnan as OO7 is impeccable, embodies the best traits of past Bonds.

  • Gun Crazy

    Gun Crazy

    ★★★★

    "We go together, Annie. I don't know why. Maybe like guns and ammunition go together."

    About as good as a pulpy noir gets with a dynamite performance by Peggy Cummins. Some really innovative camera work. That 4 minute, uninterrupted take of a bank heist, all from inside the getaway car was so exciting & suspenseful.