• Moonraker

    Moonraker

    ★★★

    In all its campiness and silliness Moonraker is a surprisingly enjoyable Bond film. It takes the space craze of the 70’s following the release of the ever so popular Star Wars to the heart going full space battle with lasers, zero gravity and shiny outfits. 

    Nevertheless these scenes of outmost goofy absurdity are only a small portion of the film as 75% of the film happens on earth following a rather typical Bond film storyline. The villain Drax is classic…

  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    ★★★

    2019

    Ultimately Frozen II isn’t too far from its predecessor. The film is definitely enjoyable and does somewhat well at further developing the universe in which Frozen takes place. But with that said the sequel does follow many of the same story beats of the first film and it feels mostly like the same film in terms of atmosphere and themes. 

    I must admit that I expected something more from the sequel, but I wasn’t necessarily disappointed. The animation is…

  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Uninspiring, unoriginal and utterly forgettable. Perhaps I make it out to be worse than it is, but everything about this film screamed bland, from the characters as they were without motivation to the plot as it were without any sort of direction. 

    In the end I’d much rather watch and enjoy a bad Bond film than a boring one and doesn’t get much more dull than this.

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★★

    2018

    Brilliant and utterly ethereal. While the story of Vox Lux is completely grounded in reality it manages to withhold an almost mystical effect through its storytelling and direction. It’s an overall strong film, but it especially shines in its first half as we see our main character, Celeste, transform from innocent girl struck by tragedy to an ambitious woman living off of her own success. This is only helped along by the great performance by Raffey Cassidy

    The second…

  • Daybreakers

    Daybreakers

    ★★★

    Without being the profoundest of films, Daybreakers pleasantly took me by surprise. The world has been overrun by vampires and humans are close to extinction which means no more blood for the undead. In an action packed horror film with a cast consisting of Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, one can at least expect not to be completely bored. Luckily I was enthralled through the film’s entire runtime. 

    While the film is mostly of a sort of mindless…

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ

    ★★★

    This only goes to show that video game films never really are the greatest idea. 

    Having a film blur the lines between fiction and reality is one of my favorite film gimmicks (one of the reasons why Mulholland Drive is my all time favorite film), but it took me a while to actually realize that this was the film’s intention. 

    David Cronenberg’s films are always interesting to watch not matter the quality of the film and while eXistenZ might not…

  • The Graduate

    The Graduate

    ★★★★★

    The Graduate is one of the few films that seem to excel to perfection in every single aspect of filmmaking; from the brilliant casting to the gorgeous visuals; from the enticing writing and great character development to the incomparable mastery of direction; and from the iconic soundtrack to the sublime performances. 

    The film starts off with a beautiful opening scene that perfectly encapsulates the atmosphere and themes of the film and it somehow manages to keep the momentum going until…

  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★★

    ALIEN3 is nowhere near the terrible film that I had expected it to be. I have always loved and praised the first two Alien films for how different in genre and structure they are, and it was pleasant to see that David Fincher once again tries to do something new with the series. 

    The film does end up leaning more towards the horror aspects of Alien rather than the action in Aliens, but without being full on horror. One of…

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★★

    It has been a couple of days since I actually watched John Singleton’s The Boys n the Hood, but I have had a hard time figuring out what and how to write about the film. 

    First of all the film is nothing short of iconic and monumental, both in its cultural impact and its sheer greatness. While it isn’t a perfect film, the fact that a 23 year old wrote and directed this film is unbelievable. 

    The cast perfectly captures…

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★

    2019

    Finally got around to watching Honey Boy and it ended up being far from what I had expected it to be. It is such a raw and uncomfortably vulnerable tale of neglect and love. The story is of course fictional, but a lot of it takes inspiration from Shia LaBeouf’s own life which is absolutely gut wrenching to think about. 

    The film is largely effective due to the performances by Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges and Shia LaBeouf. Each portrayal…

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★★

    2020

    Almost as hilarious as the first film. Sacha Baron Cohen is back as Borat in a sequel that is perhaps better than its predecessor. Seldomly has a film made me this angry and to those who deem it too political can’t see that the character of Borat always has been. 

    It packs a lot more heart than the first film which is impressive considering how silly the plot for the most part is. But generally I was surprised by how much I liked this film and I am excited to see how it will age in the coming years.

  • Motherless Brooklyn

    Motherless Brooklyn

    ★★★★

    2019

    It surprised me to see just how negative the overall reviews were for Motherless Brooklyn. Made in classic noir style with a stellar cast and an intriguing story, the film is nothing but captivating. It’s written, directed and starring Edward Norton and the film is not spread out thin because of it. 

    It might not be a complete noir masterpiece, but it definitely holds up against the genre and while being a very by the book film it never…