Jean-Luc has written 6 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★½

    Other than massively improving Cyborg's arc I'm genuinely baffled at how many people are acting like this is meaningfully different from the theatrical cut

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★

    Finally watched the Ultimate Edition and it's still terrible. Yeah yeah yeah it has a more coherent plot and really makes you wonder how the original cut got a theatrical release. But even with that it only really reaches the base level of competence billion dollar movies tend to hit.

    Much like Man of Steel Snyder has a lot of interesting ideas, the problem here is he doesn't engage with any of them. Whole character arcs are given a line…

  • Vampyr

    Vampyr

    ★★★

    I've been looking forward to Vampyr for a while, but it didn't quite land for me. It's as moody and atmospheric as I expected, but it goes in fits and starts--the interstitials detract more than they add. Just as I felt myself getting into it, a bunch of text would show up. I get they're a concession to the technology available at the time, but I genuinely think the movie would be stronger without a Star Wars opening crawl worth…

  • The Day After

    The Day After

    ★★★½

    I've been meaning to get around to this for a while, largely because of the mythology surrounding it. I'm endlessly fascinated by movies people thought were portraying real events, and while this doesn't have the chops of a Blair Witch Project or Punishment Park, it does do a lot right.

    Even knowing the response to its original airing, I wasn't ready for how bleak and hopeless--and as a result, honest--movie it is. At no point does it bother dabbling in…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    Somehow worse than everyone made it out to be

  • X-Men

    X-Men

    ★★½

    Gets worse with every rewatch