• Clickbait

    Clickbait

    ★★

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

    I can't stand narratives like this. They just cram fluff into their pedantic, one character per episode structure. Finally, in episode 6, we get characters we should have had the rest of the show with the Burton family. If we spent 6 episodes thinking Burton did it and then have it revealed that he didn't, that would actually be interesting. Instead we have this drip-feed plot, more interested in keeping up suspense by withholding information and progression for "big reveals", than building any kind of actual tension.

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★

    The music and the musical structure annoyed me a lot less on rewatch. Still think there are issues with the flow, but the pace didn't sag the way it did initially.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special

    ★★★★

    Fantastic. Much more emotionally resonant in the themes of parenthood and letting go than I remembered. Wish I could see this in the theaters again because the score in tandem with the visuals is so powerful.

  • Arachnophobia

    Arachnophobia

    ★★½

    A childhood favorite of mine.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★½

    First time back to the theater since Rise of Skywalker and I think the projector bulb was dim. I get the shadows but why were the highlights so grimy? Why did the focus look soft?

  • Roar

    Roar

    ★★★★★

    Not good.

  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★★★

    Here's the biggest issue with Hard Eight: by the time Clementine and John have kidnapped the man who refuses to pay Clem, its only 50 minutes into the film; just about 10 minutes since their romance began and a little over an hour when they leave. What takes 15 mintues in the film, takes 20 pages in screenplay, which would easily translate to over 20 minutes of screen time.

    What this means is Clem and John's characters don't really have…

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★

    Seems like Sheridan fancies those S Craig Zahler films because the bad guys in this movie are poorly executed versions of what Zahler has been doing. Sheridan clearly just doesn't write characters that way so they stick out as super lame.

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★½

    Theatrical Cut

    I really feel my enjoyment totally drop off whenever Brando is on screen. His character and a lot of the Kurtz compound feels just feels like a bit of a missed opportunity.

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

    Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

    ★★★½

    On its own, Nymphomaiac Vol. 1 is not the best Von Trier has done. Despite prefering the theatrical cut of this film, I tend to watch the extended cut. As one film, it does a really good job establishing Joe. She's a really dense literary character, despite most of her depth showing in Vol. 2.

    Vol. 1 also doesn't feel like it fully exploits the essayistic style that Von Trier has been using since. I mean, as a whole, Seligman…

  • Chaos Walking

    Chaos Walking

    ★★½

    Those Charlie Kaufman fingerprints are still noticable and I can't tell if it's better or worse for it.

    Regardless, I expected way worse. Even if what we got felt like a very surface take on a story with a lot of interesting opportunities for filmmaking.

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★½

    Despite being horrifyingly nightmarish in tone and how the story is told, the subject matter is treated with so much sensistivity. The way the films form works with the content is just so brilliant. This is just about as well executed as possibly could be.