Prospect

I absolutely love the worldbuilding in Prospect. I love the lush forest, the cobbled-together junk technology, and the lingo that makes this world feel so much different than our own. I love that the viewer is dropped into this universe without preamble, that there is very little exposition and that the audience is required to pay…

Halloween (2018)

I will preface this review by saying that I’ve never before seen a Halloween film. This started off well, introducing the idea of trauma and how it affects family relations. This idea, like many things throughout the film, is completely abandoned for no apparent reason. Allyson’s (Andi Matichak) boyfriend serves no purpose whatsoever, and the entire situation…

Bumblebee

What a waste. I had a glimmer of hope at the beginning of this film. I got excited when I saw the Autobots and Decepticons doing battle for their planet of Cybertron. I gleefully believed I was in for an enthralling story of these two warring factions… A hope that was short-lived. Literally the only good thing about…

Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale is like having all the ingredients for a fantastic meal but, due to laziness and a lack of imagination, resorting to a microwave dinner instead. The film sets up an interesting premise of a shadowy government organization that spies on hotel patrons, and an undercover agent sent to terminate said…

Mid90s

Well. Mid90’s is a (cautionary) tale of growing up and struggling to fit in. The performances were fine and the cinematography was different but it fit the style of the film. There is very little plot here, and almost no character development. Mid90’s is a film about a group of people that the viewer doesn’t care about….

Alpha

Everything about this film is bad. The CGI is horrific. I’ve seen better in video games from 5 years ago. The plot is absurd. Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee) breaks his foot or ankle, then proceeds to walk dozens of miles on it. Then he carries a 100+ plus pound wolf. It’s okay though, he’s got that stick splint….

Hostiles

Hostiles is a film, at its core, about change. People change, for better or worse. The world changes, and nothing is ever the same. This film is also beautiful in many ways. The cinematography is gorgeous and stunning, bringing a sense of wonder and awe to the American landscape. The shots of rolling plains and endless…

Apostle

I didn’t know what exactly to expect going into Apostle. The only information I had was that it was a horror film written and directed by Gareth Evans, and that was more than enough to pique my interest. I was not disappointed. I love Lovecraftian horror, and Apostle is writhing with it. In fact, the entire film…

Searching

Wow. What an interesting concept for a film. I will admit, I thought Searching would be hampered by the gimmick of “shown through screens”. I thought that the story and characters would suffer for it, and in some ways I was correct. However. The “gimmick” allowed a classical thriller to become something more, to become relevant to…

Knuckleball

The only redeemable qualities of Knuckleball are the cinematography and Michael Ironside’s performance. The plot has been done a million times over, and there’s nothing new or fresh here to make it worth a viewing. It’s almost as if the idea of baseball was oddly worked into the story so that the film could have a title….