Matt has written 35 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★

    Some solid body horror with a twinge of existential dread. Some beautifully choreographed shots/sequences (that 35mm photography is 🤌 ). And best of all, tons of laughably bad dialogue. I had a blast.

  • The Little Things

    The Little Things

    ★★★

    Solid/enjoyable mystery thriller that I probably wouldn’t have seen if it weren’t put on HBOMax. Definitely falls victim to stereotypes and cliches but a compelling watch nonetheless

  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple

    ★★★

    I was a little worried at first but this got exponentially better as it went along. Still not amazing, but solid, and the Coens signature personality/style is there, albeit unrefined

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ★★★

    Fun stylish and it’s got a great cast. I love the 60s aesthetics and color palate, but it feels a little too frenetic, like there isn’t much rhythm to editing and whatnot. 

    Still a fun romp though

  • Scooby-Doo

    Scooby-Doo

    ★★★

    Absolutely hilarious in the best, most early 2000s way

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★

    I need a shower after all that, Jesus

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★

    Obviously impressive from a technical standpoint. Deakins and co are able to keep this from feeling gimmicky (which I was very afraid it would be)

    I just couldn’t get invested in the characters. I didn’t really care about any of them whenever I they were in peril. It also felt like it went on too long. 

    Not horrible. Not amazing either.

  • Little Monsters

    Little Monsters

    ★★★

    It was aight. Kinda disappointed but still watchable/enjoyable for the most part

  • It

    It

    ★★★

    First rewatch since the theater in prep for chapter 2

    Not as good as the first time. I feel like it peaks at the opening scene unfortunately. 


    The kids still have great dialogue/chemistry and Bill is still terrific as Pennywise but almost all the scares don’t work anymore especially when Pennywise transforms into something else. He’s most effective in clown form. The librarian and Georgie in the basement scares still got me good tho. 


    I really felt the length too which doesn’t bode well for the sequel that clocks in at 2 hr 45 minutes

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★

    Probably the most difficult movie I’ve watched this year, from both a content and pacing standpoint. Kent does not hold back and portrays brutal acts of violence unflinchingly and it is extremely hard to watch. I wanted to look on multiple occasions. Despite the films gorgeous visuals and great acting, costumes, and production design, the film didn’t keep me invested as much as I would have liked.

  • Good Boys

    Good Boys

    ★★★

    Okay. My feelings toward this are comparable of my feelings toward Superbad. 

    A comedy with a few laugh out loud bits and a few too many good bits spolied in the trailer. A comedy with entertaining characters that go through relatable struggles. A comedy with filmmaking so bland, so uninteresting I have no real desire to revisit it anytime soon.

  • Shaolin Soccer

    Shaolin Soccer

    ★★★

    This was so ridiculous. I loved it.