Dylan has written 110 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★★½

    Everybody thank Christopher Landon and Jessica Rothe for kick starting the current bountiful new age of slashers with this delightful piece of bubblegum horror. Still remains a pretty savvy dissection of the kind of sinful fun you can find in the repetition and cycles of the genre. The canted angle hospital hallway chase is primo 👌.

  • Less Than Zero

    Less Than Zero

    ★★★½

    You could’ve easily told me afterwards that this was some unofficial sequel to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and I would not have thought twice about the validity of your statement. That character was one bump of coke away from an after school special. 

    Also how has James Spader not played the literal Devil yet? That’s something that would seem right up his alley, especially here when he’s peak piece of shit. Slicked back hair, white bathing suit, sloppy steaks, white couch. You know…the works.

  • Caveat

    Caveat

    ★★★½

    Made me audibly let out one of the longest nopes I’ve ever uttered. Light on scares, but heavy on atmosphere and setting that feed into a constrictive sense of dread that make the few that are here have the jolt of an icy finger running across your back. Your patience will undoubtably wear thin as you get lost in the endless maze of creaking floorboards and peeling wallpaper the film has constructed, yet part of the fun of Caveat is slowly peering at what might be around the corners or even coming up right behind you.

  • F9

    F9

    ★★★½

    Family is the first and only word you’ll find in The Book of Toretto, a sacred text spanning nine movies anchored equally by extravagant stunts and a giant beating heart. This latest outing veers closer to scripture than any that came before it, invoking themes of betrayal, resurrection, faith, deliverance, and most of all…magnets. It’s a modern tragedy spurned by a wrench being cast in flesh, the ripples of an original sin reverberating across the vehicular carnage and intense buffoonish…

  • Better Luck Tomorrow

    Better Luck Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    An interesting coda to a Fast and Furious marathon to say the least. You not only get to see Sung Kang’s formulation of Han as a character, swaggering onto the screen with the blended confidence of both James Dean and Toshiro Mifune, but also Justin Lin coming into his own in the directors chair, experimenting with camera angles and editing to find his voice in a constant tinkering of style. There’s not a great handling of tone, especially towards the final…

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★½

    The single most frustrating sequel I’ve seen in a long time. I found the first film to be the ideal blend of concept and execution, but this is just a whole lot of nothing world building sandwiched between an extremely effective prologue and half earned emotional climax. It doesn’t feel like Krasinski had any trepidation about expanding the world either, there are bouts of creative inspiration here when exploring new locations and how other groups of people have adapted or…

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★½

    Largely charming combination of horror movie paraphernalia that takes teen horror back into something more toothsome and dare I say dangerous. It actually benefits from the R rating by using it not as a means for salacious or bloodthirsty freedom, but as a tool for actual stakes and character building. It has the kind of edge that even some of the more competent Blumhouse movies have lacked even if at the end of the day it resembles the soft core…

  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    ★★★½

    Teen angst at its most awkward and explosive stages; a supercharged high school movie that portrays rebellion as only a gear shift and drift away from absolute catharsis. James Dean in a tricked out Hulk Volkswagen instead of that classic coupe. Would probably work a lot better if everyone didn’t look like they were well into their forties; Sung Kang and his brand of hushed charisma being the only exception.

  • The Fast and the Furious

    The Fast and the Furious

    ★★★½

    The closest I’ve come to having a spiritual experience this year is watching the first street race when the deployment of NOS appears to bend space and time around Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, sending their cars to a static crawl against a flurry of sounds and colors. I saw the face of God clad in a black tank top, Corona in hand tending to barbecued chicken.

  • Wag the Dog

    Wag the Dog

    ★★★½

    Impossibly feels a little too quaint now to be effective as satire, through no fault of its own though. Levinson's almost handheld approach to Mamet and Henkin's bouncy script keep things constantly engaging and act as an interesting precursor to the idealized world of The West Wing even when the bleakness of the material isn't at all surprising to us now. If only the controversies cooked up by Tucker Carlson existed in the confines of some undisclosed soundstage and didn't somehow manage to materialize into hard facts for a significant amount of the population. If only...

  • I'm Your Woman

    I'm Your Woman

    ★★★½

    “Good for her”core

  • The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    ★★★½

    Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, and especially Gina Prince-Bythewood are all working their butts off to shade in a story that probably didn’t have that much depth to begin with, channeling empathy when you could have easily gone the more patronizing route and shot for straight sympathy. It never really recovers from centering on a white protagonist and paralleling their trauma to that of the civil rights movement, but having a person of color behind the camera does give this an…