• Meet the Parents

    Meet the Parents

    ★★★

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    This was my second time watching this movie, the first time being a couple years back, and I’m glad I decided to revisit it. It’s not a groundbreaking comedy or anything like that, but it does its job nicely and delivers some really solid entertainment. The story is one that we’ve seen a million times before, but it executes it in a way that feels just fresh enough that it’s able to stand out. One thing…

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    ★★★★

    Over the past couple weeks, I've been watching some of Quentin Tarantino's work for the first time, and to me this looked like one that I would really enjoy. I love a good action film, so this seemed like the movie in his filmography that would appeal to me the most, and I was really excited to check it out. As I expected, it delivered everything I want from this genre. The action is breathtaking, it is filled with a…

  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    This film was my introduction to the work of Quentin Tarantino. Obviously, he's regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, so I can't believe it took me so long to watch one of his movies, but I chose a great one to start with. As both the director and writer of the film, Tarantino gets to show off so much talent when it comes to storytelling. The film doesn't really have a central plot moving things forward,…

  • Next Goal Wins

    Next Goal Wins

    ★★½

    Taika Waititi has become a fairly divisive director, but while a lot of people lost faith in his career after Love and Thunder, I was still looking forward to this film. I firmly believed that he could still deliver a great, funny movie if he wasn't working within a larger franchise, and for me, the trailers made it look like this film would do just that. But unfortunately, while it isn't bad by any means, it's also far from the…

  • Past Lives

    Past Lives

    ★★★★½

    Every year, A24 puts out several movies that essentially come out of nowhere, only to receive a ton of praise and recognition from critics and audiences. Last year, this was one of the biggest movies to do that. It's been on my radar since it came out, and I am so glad I finally got around to watching it. It is without a doubt the most emotional movie of 2023. I'm always a big fan of this sort of "love…

  • Megamind vs. the Doom Syndicate

    Megamind vs. the Doom Syndicate

    ½

    I watched Megamind for the first time earlier this year, so I'm not a long time fan or anything like that, but the first movie was still one that I really enjoyed. I found it to be such a fun, fresh take on the superhero genre that's still just as relevant as ever 14 years later, and I thought there was a lot of potential for a sequel. Especially because the comic book movie genre has grown so much bigger…

  • Lisa Frankenstein

    Lisa Frankenstein

    ★★★

    I am always on board for this sort of original horror comedy. From the trailers, it looked like a nice breath of fresh air from the generic studio films we’ve been getting so much of lately, and I was really interested to check it out. To put it simply, this movie will not be for everyone. Some people will watch it and just think it’s too weird or that it goes too far with its dark sense of humor, but…

  • Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    ★★½

    Like many people, I’m not a big fan of Disney’s recent obsession with live action remakes, but in theory, I actually think there was a good concept for a movie here. The idea of making a modern, big budget adaptation of the Alice in Wonderland story could be very interesting, and Tim Burton has such a unique style that I think he was a perfect pick to direct. However, all of that potential was lost on this film, and it…

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    ★★★★

    Going into this film, I was not familiar with the story at all. It was originally a book which was later adapted into a 1985 movie as well as a stage musical, but I had never seen any of those past adaptations, so I went into this film completely blind. So while many others have been comparing this movie to its previous versions, I was able to judge it entirely as its own thing, and because of that I think…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★½

    Over the years we’ve gotten countless movies exploring the horrors of the holocaust. It’s an inherently heavy subject matter, but in the past 80 years so many films have tackled a lot of the same ideas that it’s rare for a new movie to explore something that we truly haven’t seen before. However, this film finds a way to do just that. It tells the story of the family that lived right next door to Auschwitz, and it makes for…

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★★½

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    The original Ghostbusters is one of my favorite movies of all time, and while I think there is a good argument to me made on whether or not we actually need all of these nostalgia fueled sequels hollywood has been putting out lately, this is still one I hold in very high regard. It is a great return to this world, and like any good legacy sequel, it pays tribute to the old era of Ghostbusters…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★½

    In the 87 years since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released, only three animated movies have ever been nominated for best picture at the academy awards. Not only was this one of those three movies, but it was the first to do so, and it’s not hard to see why this was the film to achieve such an impressive milestone. It is filled with beautiful animation, great songs, compelling storytelling, and effective comic relief. Everything that I want…