Pokémon Detective Pikachu

In a world where Pokémon coexist with humans, Tim (Justice Smith) teams up with Pikachu to solve the mystery about his father’s disappearance. The HighsThe Pokémon in this film look fantastic. It was such an immense joy to see my childhood realized on screen, and Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a nostalgia trip of the highest order. Almost…

The Dead Girl

A dead girl is discovered in the outskirts of Los Angeles, and the lives of those people connected to her are forever changed. The HighsThe performances are easily the best thing about The Dead Girl, with Toni Collette and Marcia Gay Harden being the standouts for me. Collette captured the repressed, angry personality of Arden in a…

Birds of Passage

Rapayet (José Acosta) is poor and desires to marry Zaida (Natalia Reyes), and thus endeavors to trade marijuana with the Americans. This begins the loss of the Wayúu culture and tradition in a bloody tale that spans twenty years. The HighsBirds of Passage is a very beautiful film. The desolate desert contrasted with the vibrant colors of…

Insomnia

Well-known detectives Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) are dispatched to a rural Alaskan town to solve the murder of a teenage girl. The HighsThe performances here are fantastic. Al Pacino does an excellent job portraying the seasoned, intelligent detective. The viewer can really feel Dormer’s exhaustion and unraveling mental state as the…

Panic Room

Meg (Jodie Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) lock themselves in the panic room of their new house when three men break in looking for a hidden fortune. The HighsThe performances here are overall very good. I’ve seen a lot of dislike for Jared Leto’s portrayal of Junior, but I think he accomplished exactly what…

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick’s actions in the previous film – killing a member of the High Table – has labelled him excommunicado. With a $14 million dollar bounty on his head, he has few friends and nowhere to run. The HighsI love that Chad Stahelski returned to form with Parabellum, and fights here are actually exciting and frenetic. In Chapter…

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

After a mass shooting at a nearby police funeral, Gannon (James Badge Dale) finds himself sequestered with the local militia that he is a part of. Evidence indicates that one of his colleagues executed the massacre, and he is determined to discover their identity before the police arrive and wreak vengeance upon them all. The HighsMost…

The Big Lebowski

Jeff Lebowski, better known as “The Dude” (Jeff Bridges), is confused for another man of the same name that happens to be a millionaire. A series of ridiculous events ensue, but The Dude just wants restitution for his ruined rug, man. It goes without saying that The Big Lebowski is hilarious. The cinematography is incredible and the soundtrack…

Under the Silver Lake

“We crave mystery, because there’s none left.” Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a jobless liar that makes a habit of spying on women. When one of these women vanishes, he sets out to explore the secret depths and mysteries of Los Angeles in a quest to find her. This is a strange film, and there is a lot…

Dragged Across Concrete

I wish I would stop torturing myself. I must be some kind of masochist, and my favored instruments of suffering are S. Craig Zahler films. All of the things I hated about Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 are present here. The writing. I don’t understand how someone can write something so inane. It…