Blood Father

This film is pretty bland throughout, except for Mel Gibson. The beard. The gravelly voice. The hilarious dark humor. Those are the high notes. The script is pretty bad. The plot is as cliche as it gets. I can’t remember anything about the score. Worth watching for Mel Gibson, and that’s about it.

10 Cloverfield Lane

This film is one of the most dull, uninspired and uninteresting things I’ve seen in a long time. From the first moment that Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) arrives in the bomb shelter of Howard (John Goodman) the viewer is assaulted by bland cinematography and insipid dialogue. The conversation between Michelle and Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) about their…

The Invitation

Absolutely horrible script. Actual garbage. Atrocious, annoying acting. Not a single person in this film could act to save their life, not even Budget Tom Hardy (Logan Marshall-Green). Tammy Blanchard (Eden) was literally painful to watch. Amateur sound design and editing, and I mean amateur in that it looks and sounds like a child did the work. Uninteresting…

Don’t Breathe

I hate that The Blind Man (Stephen Lang) is apparently capable of kidnapping a healthy young woman and, despite being the father of the girl that said woman killed, is not investigated by the police for said kidnapping. I hate that The Blind Man was mysteriously capable of setting up an elaborate dungeon in his home…

The Nice Guys

On the surface, The Nice Guys looks like an instant hit. A buddy cop film set in the 1970’s with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as the lead characters? What isn’t to like? Unfortunately, there is a lot that is unlikable about this film. Many of the jokes and attempts at humorous situations fell flat. Don’t…

Train to Busan

I will begin this review by stating that I’m not a huge fan of zombie films. I find most of them to be empty, soulless gorefests that exist for the sole purpose of watching zombies kill people and vice versa. That said, I was pleasantly surprised by Train to Busan. Where most zombie films feature empty characters…

Hell or High Water

I am a sucker for a good, modern-day western. Hell or High Water, however, is simply mediocre. The plot is excruciatingly dull. Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby (Chris Pine) need to rob banks to steal money to pay off the old farmhouse so that Toby can give it to his family… or something? And I…

The Neon Demon

Beauty isn’t everything. It’s the only thing. The Neon Demon is a seriously disturbing film. It offers a bleak look at the fashion industry of Los Angeles, and the horrible things that people will do for success. The first thing I noticed was Refn’s unique style, which would have been incredible in and of itself. However,…

Nocturnal Animals

I debated turning this film off during the opening credits. I’m not sure about the symbolism behind naked, morbidly obese people flailing around…. but it is a serious deterrent. Maybe that is the point. Anyways. Nocturnal Animals is wonderfully composed. The cinematography is dark and stunning. The musical score is sweeping and moving and hits…

Arrival

This is how you make a science fiction film. Everything about Arrival is excellent. From the very first moments of contact, this scenario screams ‘real’. Or, if not real, then at the very least ‘plausible’. Out of all the science fiction movies I’ve watched over the years, Arrival is the only one to evoke any…