• Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★½

    THAT shot though!

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★★

    Even better the second time around. I briefly touched upon before about the connection between Baby and his music and want to elaborate on that further. The opening title sequence set to the Harlem Shuffle puts us into Baby's personal bubble by showing us the world he inhabits is alive with music. He's using the sounds around him with the music to compose his own mixtape. Something he does later when he records Doc and remixes it. Outside of the…

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★★

    The Prestige is probably my favorite Christopher Nolan film. So much has been said about the obvious parallel between the film and a magic trick. Each has a three act structure and Nolan the magician uses it to spellbound his audience long after the credits roll. But as much as the Prestige is about the art of film it is also about obsession and the impact it has on an individual.

    Obsession is what drives the two characters through the…

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "A good cop can't sleep because he's missing a piece of the puzzle. And a bad cop can't sleep because his conscience won't let him."

    From the opening sequence of Insomnia, Christopher Nolan asks the question of whether Pacino's character is a good cop. Even if the audience is unaware of the question at hand. Once again Nolan takes the typical stereotype of the noir story and flips it on top of its head.

    Instead of a whodunnit caper where…

  • Memento

    Memento

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The noir genre has to one of my favorites. Neo-noir specifically with films such as Drive and Brick being some of my favorite of all time. Memento is a film that slots right into that genre by subverting all the elements of your typical noir film and subverts it with it's unique storytelling device.

    The voice over from the main character in a noir film is meant to orient the viewer with the case at hand and the various clues…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★½

    I wanted to revisit this mainly for a few reasons:
    -After watching the first two Prequel apes movies I wanted to see Andy Serkis mocap again
    -Seeing the behind the scenes footage of The Last Jedi made me want to revist these characters 
    -And I wanted to see if it held up after two years
    And did it?

    Yes it did. Big time. I loved this film when it first was released in that December of 2015 and I adore…

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★★★

    Who doesn't love a sociopath leading kids to their dooms?

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★

    Even though this is the third iteration (yes third) of the title character we have received in the past decade, this movie has a lot going for it. Being leaps and bounds ahead of the "amazing" movies but still in the shadow of the first two Raimi movies, Homecoming carves its own path by sticking to a genre unseen by any Spider-man movie before it. By focusing on a more coming of age story akin to a few John Hughes…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★★

    Edgar Wright has done it once again. He's created a film that's an inspiration to every aspiring filmmaker and movie lover alike. From start to finish the film grabs you and never lets go. The opening chase sequence sets the tone and burrows it into your brain like a catchy song. Nearly every action is dedicated to a beat on each track whether it's a gunshot, footstep, or an object hitting the floor. No shot and no moment is wasted.…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★★

    Why does Peter Parker have a poster of Rear Window in his bedroom?

  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3

    ★★★½

    This is a true testament to how a great filmmaker can elevate any material given to him. I was never bored or hating my life while watching this. Even though this is a bloated mess. And well there's nowhere to go but down from here... and with that on to The Amazing Spider-man films.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    The fact that Sebastian cannot play the last note towards the end of the film breaks my heart