esop has written 22 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2021.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★½

    Everything the Wachowskis do is so fun because even if it doesn't totally land it's always super weird and interesting. They always swing for the fences and stick to their vision and I love that

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    ★★★½

    An extremely pleasant film

    Is "I used only the good notes" my favorite line in a romcom??

    Also the score did not need to go so hard but it really did

  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    ★★★½

    These games are campy b-movie action/horror and that's exactly what this was. Despite the liberties they took I thought it was a fun and relatively faithful adaptation, and honestly wish it was longer to sort of flesh out the characters and the story a bit more, give things time to breathe and build tension rather than going from one setpiece to the next

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    ★★★½

    I rewatched this with the "Wizard People, Dear Reader" audio track which, as always, made me cry with laughter multiple times. 5/5 for WPDR

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★★½

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

    Definitely some stupid stuff in this but overall I like it! More than I did 7 years ago for sure. I dig the concepts it was playing with and the Peter/Gwen stuff is just so good it really makes that death scene hit hard. Overall on the lower end of Spidey films but doesn't get the credit it deserves imo

  • Antlers

    Antlers

    ★★★½

    Slightly thematically underbaked but very atmospheric and some great creature design and gore

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★½

    The visuals are dope obviously but still a lower tier Marvel imo. Cumberbatch is such a deeply uncompelling actor to me and the villain is so underdeveloped

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★½

    I relate to Michael Myers because I too want to be at home

  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★★★½

    Huge shoutout to the 9-year-old girl in my audience who evidently decided to see the slow-paced subtitled Swedish magical realism film instead of like The Addams Family 2 or whatever

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★½

    What I love about this movie is that if at any point in the runtime you think you know what is about to happen, no you don't

    I think the first portion of this goes on a bit too long but once the baby is born things go off the rails in such a fun and compelling way

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    - I really like Cary Joji Fukunaga's camera work. Excited to finally revisit Beasts of No Nation soon when I pick up the Criterion bluray
    - this felt more fun than the other movies? I don't really remember them much to be fair so maybe I'm misremembering
    - don't really understand the villain's motivation to kill millions of people at all... Just mean? Just a jerk? Is that it?
    - speaking of, man was he uninteresting! I don't know if…

  • Funny Face

    Funny Face

    ★★★½

    The central conceit of this movie (that Audrey Hepburn looks like a weirdo and isn't the most beautiful person in the world) is the most absurd thing I've ever seen in a movie, and earlier today I watched Woody Harrelson stick his tentacles in a gas station laptop and say "Y'all got them internets?"