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  • Happy Death Day 2U

    Happy Death Day 2U

    ★★★

    An interesting return to a movie that I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of months ago, Happy Death Day 2U goes in a much different direction than the original but unfortunately is not as successful at delivering a concise narrative.

    While Happy Death Day pulled heavily from movies like "Groundhog Day", this movie, as the characters even mention in one scene, additionally pulls from "Back to the Future". This change in genre provides some excellent narrative change which allows for a…

  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    ★★★

    For a movie that came out ten years ago and brought a fresh and fun new take on the horde of Zombie-themed media, the original Zombieland was a good time.

    This movie that came out this year is like that movie but a less fun time, which is unfortunately the nature of ten year old sequels. It has good moments, like the doppelganger interaction shown in the trailer (although I am of the camp that would have preferred Owen Wilson…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    We certainly do live in a society.

    Joaquin Phoenix brings an unmatched unhingedness to this role that I have not seen portrayed in this way before. We can see from the very first scene how unhappy and mentally unwell this character is, yet we get to join him on a further descent into madness throughout the course of the film.

    The pacing of the film felt a bit off to me overall, but as the movie progresses this is less…

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★½

    It was serviceable! Keep in mind I was slightly buzzed when I watched this but I genuinely don’t really have anything to say about this one. It was fun in some parts, had some grisly humor in others and ended slightly abruptly. 

    Felt low-budget but fun/serviceable. I had a discount on the tickets so I didn’t really miss much by not seeing it. Would have been great on a streaming service. K. Night.

  • Good Boys

    Good Boys

    ★★

    Shock humor easily devolving into un-funny cringe. While Eighth Grade sounded so effectively like a story told by those of the same age, this story felt like one written by 30+ year old writers looking for the quickest way to make people go “haha 6th graders don’t normally say ‘fuck’, now this is what I call comedy!”

    I can’t say that I was disappointed because I was not expecting much from this but I still left with a bad taste in my mouth regardless. 

    It gets two stars because you could tell there was some potential there, especially with Lucas’ actor being pretty good.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★½

    I admittedly am a little late to the party on this one but I can start to feel fatigue on these self proclaimed slow burn horror flicks. After hereditary, I feel none have had the right pacing and weight. 

    There was little that I liked in this. The score was okay, the dance scenes were decent, ans Dakota Johnson was okay as well. The only scene I truly enjoyed was the body horror/contortionist scene which led me to believe the…

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★

    I... think it’s time to take a break from the movies for a little while after this one. 

    Hobbs and Shaw come together to save the world with the only way possible: friendship. 

    There’s not much to say about this one, except that the first 2/3 is okay action fun, and the last 1/3 is just a long mess that proves that a movie carried by two side characters in a larger franchise maybe shouldn’t have had a whole movie…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    By far my favorite superhero movie of the year, which is especially difficult considering like five(?) came out this year! The visuals from the first second that the production companies pop up sets the tone for the entire movie, and then rapidly ups the ante from then. Every second of the movie one ups the next and I have not been this surprised by how a movie has made me feel in a long time. It has heart, a great sound track, self referential humor, incredible animation, a great Spider-Man story and more and more and I just wanna go see it again goodness

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    A beautiful dark comedy period piece about one woman’s rise to power through means of destruction. The score was minimal but effectively used to heighten the tension of each scene. The fish-eye lens was used effectively to draw the viewer into seeing the world as the women saw the world, as one to be evaluated, examined, and carefully scrutinized in order to analyze the best method of attack. I was eagerly awaiting every next scene and happily satisfied by the…