Matisse has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2013.

  • The Crying Game

    The Crying Game

    Watched as part of my "100 Movies to See Before You Die" Challenge.

    #13 of 100

    Unlucky number thirteen. The Crying Game is a underwhelming film that takes itself really seriously and tries to be deep and profound, but fails miserably. As I was reading the premise Netflix provided before I hit play, I was a little concerned because it sounded like a sappy romance story concealed in a slick, sexy action thriller. And that's essentially what it is, except…

  • Speed


    Man, this is gonna be another one of those reviews that makes me unpopular. I guess I need to preface this the same way I did Die Hard: I'm not much of an action movie fan. I never really have been, although I can definitely appreciate the appeal. My roommate and another one of my friends showed me Speed (because I had never seen it before), presenting it as a good bad movie, which I almost always enjoy. Unfortunately, I…

  • Troy


    Troy is a self-indulgent, melodramatic mockery of one of the greatest stories in human history. This film literally hit all of the wrong notes with me. It's poorly written, sloppily told, and tries way too hard to be a spectacle. The Iliad is widely considered to be one of the greatest epics of all time, and this is a classification that it absolutely deserves. The problem with Troy is that it never once feels truly epic (a word I cringe…

  • Jurassic Park III

    Jurassic Park III

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

    I haven't seen any of the Jurassic Park movies in years, and this one happened to be on AMC this afternoon and because of laziness and lack of motivation to change the channel, I watched it. I remember liking it as a kid, but I think that's just because kids love dinosaurs, and as long as dinosaurs are present, it doesn't really matter what else is going on. There are certainly dinosaurs present in Jurassic Park III, but there really…