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…

Trollhunter

Three students follow a reclusive, mysterious hunter believing that he is a bear poacher. What they discover instead will change everything they believe to be true about the world. The HighsThe Norwegian countryside is gorgeous, and it is on full display in Troll Hunter. For someone that has never been to the country, it was really awesome…

Aladdin (2019)

The street rat Aladdin (Mena Massoud) falls in love with the Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and, seeking a way to win her heart, discovers a magical lamp containing an all-powerful genie that can grant three wishes. The HighsThe best part of Aladdin is, without a doubt, the costumes and set pieces. The city of Agrabah really comes to…

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Evil has awoken once more, and the Dark Lord Sauron is searching relentlessly for the Ring of Power. After receiving information that the mysterious heirloom in his possession is actually the One Ring, Frodo (Elijah Wood) leaves his home to keep it safe from the wicked servants of Sauron. Along the way, a company of…

The Dark Crystal

On a distant planet in a time long ago, a Gelfling named Jen (Jim Henson) undergoes a destined quest to heal the planet and restore the magical crystal that keeps everything in balance. The HighsThe Dark Crystal must have been incredibly difficult to accomplish in a technical sense. It was really awesome to see what Henson and…

Hellboy (2004)

I expected this to be a lot better than it was. The biggest problem is that everyone who isn’t Ron Perlman or John Hurt is just complete garbage at acting. Every other performance is just so absolutely awful, it’s hard to comprehend how anyone was cast in this film. Selma Blair and Rupert Evans are the…

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…

Mandy

Man. What a neon-drenched, drug-induced fever dream this was. And you know what? I really enjoyed it. I love most things related to the 1980’s, so it’s obvious that I loved the soundtrack and themes and colors of Mandy. It’s a gorgeous movie. What I appreciate more is how deep the story actually is. I really…

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

This film is enchanting. Inspiring. Heart-wrenching. Beautiful. First things first – the visuals. The cinematography is amazing. Every scene is gorgeous and vivid and full of history and fantasy. I found the outdoor scenes to be especially beautiful. The fight choreography is also spectacular. The fights are seamless and exciting and you can almost feel…