John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a good example of how not to make a sequel. It lacks everything that made the first film extraordinary, forgoing the aspects that distinguished it from its peers. The first film was very much about John Wick (Keanu Reeves) as a person. We witnessed his connection with his wife, his motivation…

The Foreigner

What an awful film. I love Jackie Chan, but this was absolute garbage. The main reason The Foreigner fails on all respects is that it’s a dull, uninteresting look at politics between the Irish and the British. Movies about politics are never interesting, period. I want to watch films to get away from the monotony of real…

A Dark Song

Parts of this film really intrigued and, honestly, frightened me. As someone that truly believes in the supernatural and feels that it should never be tampered with, the majority of A Dark Song was terrifying. Not so much the film itself as its connotations to the real world. Unfortunately, as a movie it just didn’t do much…

Thelma

This was slow. Like really slow, and really boring. I’m all for a slow-burn film, as long as there’s a worthwhile payoff at the end. Unfortunately, Thelma is anything but satisfying. I understand the implied drama here. I understand that the vast majority of Christianity considers homosexuality a sin and vilifies it. However, that is never shown…

It

My history with IT is a long and meandering affair. I watched the 1990’s IT while I was in my late teens, cringing at the dated special effects but realizing that there was something special there. Loving Tim Curry’s performance, of course. Fast-forward to my mid-twenties, and I’m reading the lengthy tome by Stephen King. Devouring…

Logan Lucky

This film started out with great promise. The idea of a good guy down on his luck that turns to criminal activity is always an interesting concept. I was impressed, for once, by Channing Tatum. This film is, if nothing else, proof that he is capable of decent acting. In fact, all of the cast did…

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is a perfect example of why I love films. This movie is beautiful in every aspect. The cinematography, the soundtrack, the visuals, the performances. Blade Runner 2049 is more than just a film, it is art perfected. I liked the original Blade Runner, but I had some issues with it. The characters weren’t multidimensional,…

Blade of the Immortal

On the surface, Blade of the Immortal is a bloody story about revenge that involves the brutal deaths of thousands. But it is much deeper. This film deals in grisly revenge, true, but it also examines the cost of revenge. How many have died for it? How many have yet to die in its name? Blade of…

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds

The premise of this film seemed really, really cool. I was super excited to see some epic scenes with gods in the afterlife, and reality-shifting guardians in the real world. Unfortunately, it felt bland. Each trial that Kim Jahong (Tae-Hyun Cha) faced was basically the same. He was brought before a god, tried by bumbling imbeciles, and…

The Void

As a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft, this review is going to be incredibly biased. Lovecraftian horror in film is rarely done, and it is almost never done well. The Void remedies both of those horrific problems plaguing the genre. The atmosphere in this film is dreadful and intense, instilling the sense of unease almost from the…