Joel has written 3 reviews for films during 2022.

  • The King's Man

    The King's Man


    The newest film in the Kingsman franchise, the King’s Man is a prequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service that blew me away with its breathtaking action and tongue in cheek humor. Unfortunately, 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle failed to deliver a worthy sequel and while the film wasn’t terrible, it was disappointing compared to the original. 
    Well, Matthew Vaughn’s latest outing is definitely far superior to its superior but it isn’t quite flawed either.
    Ralph Fiennes lead performance as…

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket


    Sean Baker’s latest slice of life story brings the audience into the life of Mikey Saber, a down on his luck porn star returning home to rebuild his life. Baker as a director has a great fly on the wall style of filmmaking that really captures the gritty nature of the story he’s telling( also utilized well in 2015’s Tangerine and 2017’s Florida Project) and makes the character feel real with their flaws exposed and Simon Rex as Mikey has…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza


    Paul Thomas Anderson's latest hang out movies in the vein of Dazed and Confused, Licorice Pizza does a great job imbuing the spirit and feel of the 70s through its smooth cinematography and political themes while also being darkly hilarious and deeply heartfelt in its story at the same time.
    The story of Alaina Kane(Alaina Haim) and her relationship with Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman), a minor, is done in such a tasteful way and their relationship feels so natural thanks…