• Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★½

    In a thematic sense Vox Lux is exactly what I expected, an exploration of the ups and downs of fame and the effect of childhood events on adulthood, but Corbet finds a way to present it without compromising originality and style. Opening your film with a tragic school shooting is bold, but more daring still is how it takes this moment of trauma and turns it on its head: for Celeste, a kind and gentle high school girl who wrote…

  • Get Shorty

    Get Shorty

    ★★★½

    Hollywood has been infatuated with mobsters since the beginning of the movies, but what if that love was mutual and mobsters were equally fascinated with Hollywood? Of course, the Tinseltown in this movie - a town full of second-rate swindlers who'll cheat and threaten their way to the top - is a fantasy, as in the real world nepotism and fakery is more likely to get you where you wanna go, but that makes it no less fun to compare…

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    ★★★½

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

    I remember the Harry Potter movies being pretty light-hearted, but this one was dead Sirius

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★

    Often labelled "the tragedy of Megan Fox," and more famous for being victim to its horrible mismarketing disaster than anything else, Karyn Kusama's film is not even remotely the sexy horror-comedy that was promised to audiences upon its release, but a bold feminist take on beauty standards and the social stereotypes women are forced into based entirely on their appearance. In a darkly ironic sense, the lack of objectification of Megan Fox that killed it both critically and commercially serves…

  • Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

    Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

    ★★½

    game show idea: robert rodriguez movie or feature length meme?

  • Spy Kids

    Spy Kids

    ★★★

    I never saw this as a kid, but in a strange way it almost feels as though I have. It's like someone took my exact childhood fantasies of grandeur and gadgets and brought them to life onscreen, where adults are evil at worst and in need of saving at best, from children whose innocent and naive perspective of the world is ultimately the most useful and accurate. Robert Rodriguez doesn't half-ass anything, and that same energy from his bonkers balls-to-the-wall…

  • Circle

    Circle

    ★★★½

    Cancel culture is just the bastardization of Darwinism for the modern sociopolitical era, where survival of the fittest refers to the most widely accepted morality and all who don't immediately fit under the public consensus are cancelled permanently and without sober discussion.

  • Mystery Team

    Mystery Team

    ★★★

    It really is like a sitcom episode parodying detective movies, and it works - even without the familiarity of characters we know in other contexts playing certain stereotypes.

    It effortlessly captures that easy breezy tone and flippant humor of a sitcom - even without quite encapsulating that feeling of joining old friends for another escapade.

    It's surprisingly hilarious and mostly refreshing in the cinematic scene - even considering the dramatic beats hit about as hard as you'd expect, which for…

  • Wish Dragon

    Wish Dragon

    ★★★

    With higher quality animation this would likely be gaining more traction, but its direct-to-streaming aesthetic gives it a cheap feel despite the obvious care put into it, and the fact that it's quite prominently derivative of Aladdin doesn't help. Still, it's good enough for me to be somewhat frustrated it didn't receive the quality treatment it deserves. Kinda hilarious that Netflix is better at Disney remakes than Disney.

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    ★★★★

    Words can never completely encapsulate the experience of a film, for a film is a far greater level of artistic expression than any single reaction to it can possibly hope to achieve. This applies to every movie, and in fact all art in comparison to their reviews and reception, but it's works of such resplendent visual beauty like this that humble a writer into confronting that realization. Ang Lee roots this tremendous adventure in the complex simplicity of a single…

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★½

    Bi Gan isn't especially interested in plot or character, but in using form to explore complex issues such as memory, subjectivity, and obsession. As unconcerned with formal conventionality as he is with narrative resolution, this is an arthouse movie through and through, an esoteric examination of the protean nature of memory. It is aggressively enigmatic and absent of character arcs, the formal daring, languorous pacing, and resistance to anything approaching definitive conclusions seem intentionally mystifying, delicately designed to place us…

  • Blockers

    Blockers

    ★½

    Presenting a comedy about teenagers in a way that isn't immediately dated can be hard, so you can only imagine how much more difficult that task becomes when the focus is on fleeting pop-culture trends that unmistakably pronounce themselves as of a very specific moment in time. Add on top of that already inevitably failing formula a cast of characters so painfully cliched they would make dinosaurs roll their eyes, and you're left with a movie so profoundly steeped in…