RSS feed for Todd Gaines

Favorite films

Recent activity


Recent reviews

  • Candyman



    “Be my victim!”

    Candyman, which plays more like a ‘70s giallo, than a straight up slasher; takes its sweet time getting to the “fun” parts. The first half is dialogue driven with sprinkles of jump scares designed to tease the audience until the iconic Candyman appears to fuck a motherfucker up. Virginia Madsen gives the Marlboro Man Stage 4 Lung Cancer with the amount of cigarettes she puffs on as she works on her thesis on Urban Legends, and crosses…

  • Ant-Man



    It is crazy how much fun Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man actually is. How many directors before Peyton? A story about a man the size of an ant? Paul Rudd as the lead? Clueless Paul Rudd? Now, we’ve all read the almost universal praise for Black Panther. I’m glad Black Panther has brought newfound excitement to the MCU. But, I’m here to say, although Ant-Man lacks a pulse pounding soundtrack and we have a villain as vanilla as Vanilla Ice; the movie…

Popular reviews

  • Whiplash



    Damien Chezelle's tale of a boy, his drums, and a teacher that speaks ever so loudly, and carries the biggest stick of badass this side of the Academy Awards, in one of the most heart pounding cardiac arrest breathtaking intense movies I've ever seen. The opening beat. The opening shot. The first time J.K. Simmons speaks. Groovy funky jazzy music makes all movies better. RIFIFI is the shit. Carter Burke? I knew Miles Teller was going to be special after…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water


    Hell or High Water might be the most adult film I've seen this decade. No gimmicks. No juvenile tendencies. No bull. No cheap shots. It's a Deep Fried Wild West Western Texas Noir, filmed in New Mexico, but it's Texas to the bone. 

    Jeff Bridges is the cop. Chris Pine is the robber. However, they're both duel-protagonists. The outlaw in me wanted Mr Pine to win the duel. While my conscience cheered on Mr Bridges. Both, have polar opposite partners.…