• Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    IMAX ROUND II

    Truly transportive and magical in a way VERY few films are. Denis Villeneuve just has that kind of eye for detail and what truly matters in stories, regardless of genre. Dune: Part One is an all-timer.

  • 6 Underground

    6 Underground

    ★★★★

    One of the most memorable and bonkers action films of our time. Michael Bay’s 6 Underground is a case study of a director completely unrestrained and making a movie however the hell he wants. The opening car chase is TWENTY MINUTES of a line green Alfa Romeo tearing through the beautiful, tranquil streets of Florence, while nameless, faceless, countless henchmen chase them down and are disposed of in endlessly violent and creative ways. Bay’s set piece planning is better than…

  • Don't Breathe 2

    Don't Breathe 2

    ★★½

    Big ol meh here bc of the story choices in this. Not sure if I was supposed to forgive the evil violent blind man bc he’s lonely but I don’t

  • Vacation Friends

    Vacation Friends

    ★★★

    John Cena should be in every studio comedy. 

    I NEVER FINISHED LOGGING THIS

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    I went on a boat ride. 

    Forever and always the absolute greatest. Inherent Vice is my favorite comedy, my favorite crime film, you name it. This film seems to have a little bit of everything I love about the art form. Paul Thomas Anderson’s magnum opus in my eyes. This has every great staple of his early work - gorgeous long takes, beautiful lighting that floods interior designs, absurd humor, and a wild plot that moves wonderfully. It’s a great…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    What church do you belong to?

    A purely electrifying film. Paul Thomas Anderson’s phenomenal There Will Be Blood is a cataclysmic sort of story about one man’s life brought down by his ambition and hunger. Starting off with an incredible prologue illustrating the unstoppable-force-like drive of our lead, Daniel Plainview, and subsequently jumping forward in time a couple times, Anderson manages to get the rise and fall into this film wonderfully - without quite making it seem like a rise…

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★★

    And I would like to think that this was only a matter of chance. 

    Magnolia is still a doozy. Anderson’s next film after Boogie Nights feels like a spiritual sequel in a lot of ways. The heart is on the sleeve, the characters are open books, they interact and evolve in very similar ways to those found in Boogie Nights. 
    The story here is the characters, and that’s why this film works so well. The cast is all phenomenal across…

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★

    Pain. This just didn’t work at all for me in a visual, cinematic sense - it’s like a digital nightmare version of La La Land - and it clearly doesn’t translate well to the screen from the stage. The emotional beats are there, and the music is generally good - but the presentation of this entire movie just fucking blows. The musical element at times just feels like second-rate music video directing. Lin-Manuel Miranda can’t bring any sort of life…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man’s Cinematic Adventures: V


    It’s my birthday. Now it’s time for me to light my candles!


    This film is the biggest headache of all time. Marc Webb/Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is pure committee disaster at its finest. It is two and a half hours of random scenes and plots strung together in an order that bears no resemblance to any sort of story. 
    Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are wasted on recursive, nonsensical material that makes them essentially…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★★½

    Spider-Man’s Cinematic Adventures: IV

    The Amazing Spider-Man is a welcome departure from the structure of the first three. Peter is established with a parental mystery right off the bat, and Webb and co. try to make this a point moving forward. Uncle Ben and Aunt May are given a lot more life, and then the familiar plot beats from the first film begin. 
    Much of the tropes are here: the mad scientist villain, the inspiring speech. But some of these…

  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3

    ★★★

    Spider-Man’s Cinematic Adventures: III

    Now dig on this. 

    Spider-Man 3 is the ultimate mixed bag. It’s nowhere in the ballpark of the previous films, mostly due to a screenplay that essentially mirrors the structure of Spider-Man 2 but with added subplots. It does establish and eventually pay off each different story thread with a surprisingly brief third act sequence. It still does the relationship drama element between Peter and Mary Jane pretty well, and Maguire and Dunst are just great…

  • Let Me In

    Let Me In

    ★★★★½

    A cold-weather classic. Matt Reeves’ Let Me In is an icy, nighttime horror story rooted in old-fashioned fear. Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Owen is scared - of his bullies, of his dad, eventually of his only friend, a barefooted-in-the-snow girl who moves in next door. 
    Reeves’ film naturally takes place primarily at night, and Greig Fraser’s engrossing night compositions and wonderfully lit scenes enhance the mood. This film relies a lot on the light cast by street lamps, and it really does…