I Am Mother

A girl is raised by the robot “Mother”, specifically designed to repopulate the Earth in the event of a massive calamity. Everything is changed when Mother’s true purpose – and identity – is revealed by a mysterious stranger. The HighsThe robot, Mother, looks great. I couldn’t tell how much was CGI and how much was practical…

Twelve Monkeys

This film had a lot going for it at the beginning. The immersive world and interesting plot immediately pulled me in, both captivating me and amazing me with the intricate worldbuilding. I was excited about the idea of time travel and how James (Bruce Willis) would manage to save the world. And then nothing happens. Twelve Monkeys…

Dredd

Having not seen the original, I went into Dredd with very few preconceptions. I liked the worldbuilding a lot. I love cyberpunk, and this film is a different look at the genre. I would go so far as to call the world created here one side of a coin and Blade Runner the opposite. That said, I…

Children of Men

Children of Men is a film wherein many things happen for no reason and with very little importance. I suppose I’ll start with the elephant in the room: the prejudice against and subsequent horrific treatment of illegal immigrants. The viewer is subjected to this over and over again, but is never given a reason as to…

Mad Max: Fury Road

“Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland, in search of our better selves.” Mad Max: Fury Road is, on the surface, a two-hour nonstop action film. There are insane elements, such as a man playing guitar atop a monstrous vehicle as the war party rides out in search of violence. There are intense sequences,…

I Think We’re Alone Now

I Think We’re Alone Now is beautiful, melancholic, introspective, cold, and sad. The atmosphere and cinematography and tone and color pallet are just absolutely amazing. For the first two thirds of the film. This film would have been much, much better without the crazy third act. The post-apocalypse faux-utopia is heavy-handed and completely out of touch…

It Comes at Night

This is a film about fear and paranoia, and the atmosphere of absolute dread that those two things create. I like that the film doesn’t tell you what the disease is, where it came from, or what those creepy monsters are that Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) keeps drawing. It doesn’t need to, because that’s not the…