john has written 241 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn


    If someone told me where I am happiest, it’s at the cinema or theater. Being with a crowd of strangers and absorbing what is on screen (good or bad) and seeing others reaction will always be my serotonin. Tsai Ming Liang understands that love by making Goodbye Dragon Inn. On its surface, it sounds fairly boring. He films different people watch Dragon Inn, the 1967 samurai action film. He notices the people from age to situation they’re in. You are…

  • Happy Gilmore

    Happy Gilmore


    Happy Gilmore is nothing special, it’s an Adam Sandler comedy post SNL era. However, I have a soft spot for this film. Sandler is absolutely killer in this and definitely a highlight. The story is nothing to write home and falls into 90’s comedy cliches and neither is the writing. It’s all built around Sandler’s comedic timing that makes this film so fun. I will always cherish this film and will forever be a childhood classic!


  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk


    Hear me out, what if Ang Lee's Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is one of the most beautiful and tragic films made in the last decade, and a head of its time. Lee uses his hypersurrealist camera movements to capture the pain and agony of a war hero that is sheltering in his emotions. As an audience, this 120/60 FPS presentation allows us to be apart of this emotional journey. We follow the hardships of veterans after witnessing a fellow…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc


    I cannot even form a single review without deleting an entire review. All I’m going to say is watch this film. It truly is one of the best films I’ve ever seen and one of the most important films in the history of cinema. The performances are exceptional and for a silent film you feel the weight of Joan’s presence. 

    I will definitely rewatch this film and might be an all timer 


  • The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

    The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special


    I just don’t care

  • Sleep Has Her House

    Sleep Has Her House


    Scott Barely is the type of filmmaker that I just want to sit down and just talk about his vision and his love for filmmaking. One of the most personal and haunting pieces of filmmaking  I’ve seen and a film that is not for everyone. 


  • The King of Staten Island

    The King of Staten Island


    As someone who is mixed on Judd Apatow as a filmmaker, this was a pleasant surprise, bring what I personally think is his best film to date. Pete Davidson shines as Scott, bringing a personal and deep performance that is far and away the best of his career and shows he has something. The writing was fairly balanced of both comedic and dramatic and worked to a great effect. The rest of the ensemble cast is also solid while not…

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla


    A swing and a miss from Anno. I understand the appeal, it’s Godzilla in the 21st century. However, I’ve never seen a more boring and lazy way of handling it. The effects and action are cool but everything else comes off as dull and messy. 

    Very disappointed


  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run


    Sponge on the Run attempts to recapture the magic of the 2004 hit film and somewhat hits and misses. Sure, it’s adorable and sincere and often times hilarious but at times the writing is inconsistent. The animation is interesting and often works and often times doesn’t. Keanu and Snoop Dogg are highlights but don’t save this film. It’s a shame that they didn’t end this franchise after the creators passing 


  • We Are Who We Are

    We Are Who We Are


    Television has had an interesting change of pace in the recent decade. New and ongoing series from different programs and streaming services have different styles and innovations that blur that lines between television quality and the quality of a film. Series like Mr. Robot, Euphoria, and Breaking Bad among others presented themselves to be more than their worth. However, there can be instances where an acclaimed filmmaker will go from film to television to keep up with modern culture. Series…

  • Still Processing

    Still Processing


    I’m a shell of a human being

  • Still Processing

    Still Processing


    I'm sitting in my dorm room, alone with my thoughts and feeling empty inside. I press play on "still processing", a short film i've heard nothing but praise and admiration from peers and friends. Nothing prepared for what was to come; a brutally honest, emotional, vulnerable and a bold new vision in the world of filmmaking. Sophy allows the audience to level with the trauma she endures and is haunted of her past, something that constantly reminisces with her family.…