• An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★★

    I probably won’t watch this movie again, but I had lots of fun the first time! The jokes are really funny and hit 2019/2020 on the head. I often feel like jokes at the expensive of 20s and 30s today are lazy, but these were actually funny and on the nose. 

    Of course, there’s a lot of plot suspension of disbelief needed to watch the movie, but it makes that very clear from the beginning, so you’re along for the ride the whole time. 

    I wish we had more comedies coming out these days!

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★

    Preface: I’m not into science-fiction. And that had me putting off this movie for a long time. 

    I almost wouldn’t classify it as science-fiction. It feels almost like science-non fiction. The theories and effects are things we haven’t realized but they aren’t totally out of the realm of possibility; and I loved that. 

    Nolan did what it seems like only he can do. Keep me on the edge of my seat for 2.5 hours and blending the line of “figuring…

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★½

    It took me so long to watch this movie, and it did not disappoint. I still can’t believe I waited until 2020 to watch but luckily I also avoided spoilers. 

    My only critique, which I don’t the answer to, is it was a bit corny at times.  I don’t know how the hell you avoid that in a movie about magicians, but it only knocked it 1/2 a star. 

    Nolan continues his legendary status in my mind.

  • Keeping the Faith

    Keeping the Faith

    ★★★★

    Top 5 rom com.

  • Boys State

    Boys State

    ★★★★

    As a politico, I had high hopes for this documentary. And as I reflect on the film I realize that the ways it “didn’t” live up to my expectations are few and far between. What I come away with days after is that this film was really well done, very cohesive, very focused, and engaging for all 109 minutes. This earning it a 4/5 in my book, and something I will definitely recommend to my politically inclined friends.

    Read more at: medium.com/@LUKEAD/movie-love-boys-state-4-5-522bf63d3013

  • We Are Freestyle Love Supreme

    We Are Freestyle Love Supreme

    ★★★

    Many folks will probably watch this documentary at the “Lin” name alone, but there is much more here than just his story. Unfortunately, I think there is much more here than the documentary even shows. I am somewhat familiar with the story of this group and their evolution, and although I did really enjoy watching this documentary and seeing their progression, I wish they would have dug in a bit deeper on a few topics rather than go so broad…

  • Greenberg

    Greenberg

    ★★

    I guess I had to not like a Noah Baumbach movie at some point.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★½

    The genre of Sci-Fi Rom-Coms is pretty light in my book, so this did pretty well comparatively. I am one of those people (in many cases) who wants to just kick back, relax, and have a good time when watching a movie. This movie gives you that.

    Full review: link.medium.com/tk5p7Un3f8

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★★★

    I am still amazed at how under the radar this movie flew. I rewatched it this past weekend and it was everything I remembered. A seriously funny comedy. These guys are creative powerhouses, don't @ me.

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★½

    I love this musical, and I love musical adaptations (not movie adaptations in my mind) of them. Although I do feel some folks are amazed by motifs in this musical that are pretty standard across most musicals, I am not a snobby enough musical person to say that it did not even rise above those in many ways. This version of it is really well done. Having seen it in person, it of course felt different, but as damn close…

  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale

    ★★★½

    A pre star-studded cast, a New York I’ve never seen, an honest story, and authentic directing. There were a few moments that made it “not my style” but that does not take away from the originality of the film and the director’s vision. 

    My least favorite N.B. I have seen, but that’s more a symptom of how much I love his other work.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Movie Love: "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" Review - 5/5

    I heard many prominent critics review this movie and list it as a "must-see" but somehow it never seemed to gain full mainstream traction here in the US. I fell victim to that group of people that kept on putting off watching this movie for another day, until finally, I didn't. Thank God.
    The Story

    A few things to know:
    This is, as some would categorize it, an "artsy" movie.
    The…