• Glass

    Glass

    ★★

    The very existence of this film was an awesome reveal, but as it turns out it was an unnecessary addition. I had a lukewarm reaction to Split but always considered Unbreakable one of the most underrated films in the genre. Glass disregards all subtlety and character development for two plus hours of characters spouting expositional dialogue. I get that Shyamalan is trying to deconstruct the genre, but he already achieved that much more successfully with Unbreakable. There's a fine line…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    It's the most original Spiderman adaptation to date, and arguably the most faithful to the heart of the character. Better writing than I was expecting with complex, well developed characters. But where it truly shines is with its groundbreaking animation of the 2d/3d hybrid visual style; playful and creative angles with often stunning results.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one of the Coen Brothers' bleakest and simultaneously funniest films to date. It's hard to pinpoint what their philosophy is, but its cast of characters regardles of their heroic, noble, or criminal intentions often meet an unfortunate if not tragic end. Its an almost absurdist take where death is always the punch line.

    Gorgeous photography and a classic western score (along with singing cowboys) give it an old school charm. The dialogue ranges from…

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★½

    Beautifully animated, well directed and incredible action scenes that would fit right at home in a Mission Impossible film (ahem, Brad Bird). Really liked what they did with the characters, specially the baby. The baby vs raccoon fight is just epic.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    Can't say Hereditary is the scariest movie since The Exorcist because I laughed more than I shrieked, but the movie did stay with me. It's well shot, and the the score is used very effectively to build suspense. Seeing it in a packed theater was an awesome experience.
    The first half is a pretty strong drama about a highly dysfunctional family coping with death and trauma. It's about traumatized characters discovering there's no healing period, just newer and more f'ed up traumas to endure.

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★

    Leigh Whannell's Upgrade was not a movie I was expecting to enjoy as much as I did. It looked ridiculous on paper, but it turned out to be one of the better indie sci-fi horror films since The Signal. Very gritty sci fi with great practical effects & hilarious physical gags.

  • Tag

    Tag

    ★★½

    Tag had some good laughs but overall felt like a very simple idea that was stretched too thin. Jeremy Renner's character comes off as a douche, kind of like the Billy Mitchell of tag. Not much conflict or character growth.

  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★★★★

    Coralie Fargeat's Revenge is brutal, visceral, and insanely gorgeous. It's a beast of a film that splatters everything with blood without losing its glossy composition, it's luxuriant beauty. Is it a critique of cavemen capitalism? Of macho bloodlust predatory behavior? It's more likely Fargeat's just having a bit of fun by subverting genre tropes. Regardless of its message, Revenge is one of the best film debuts in recent memory.

  • Lu Over the Wall

    Lu Over the Wall

    ★★½

    Clearly, I'm not this film's intended audience, which is a shame considering how many Japanese animes transcend age. This is basically Ponyo for the pre-teen/Nickelodeon crowd full of rock band cliches and character arcs that occur off camera. Can't be too hard on it, some interesting/atypical animation that's often gorgeous to look at, but from a narrative standpoint it's a mess.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★

    Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs is just gorgeous and incredibly charming. Can definitely see Ozu's influence on Anderson's aesthetics/formalism. All p/c politics aside this is his best since Fantastic Mr Fox (then again, I'm a sucker for meticulously drafted animation).

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★½

    No amount of hype could prepare me for A Quiet Place. It's a concept that has been mined before (the Descent, Don't Breathe, etc) but never to this extent. Excellent world building. Relentlessly tense. Bravo.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    Director Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here is dark, gritty, moody, hyper stylized and absolutely brilliant.
    It comes off as a hybrid of Leon the Professional andTaxi Driver, with a bit of JD Salinger's A Perfect Day for Bananafish. It's the anti-Le Samourai, showing a bruttish/beastly hitman with a hammer who takes excellent care of his senile mother while coping with lifelong trauma. Excellent camera work and use of a less is more approach to build tension. My only…