• The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers

    ★★½

    Based on how much I've heard about The Battle of Algiers, I've always just kind of assumed it was a classic, and have had perpetually on my list of films to watch. It's one of those that I'd just heard a lot about, but could never be bothered to track down and watch. As it turns out, I actually had to watch this film for a class this semester, so this is kind of a 2-for-1.

    Except for the fact…

  • Dirty Pretty Things

    Dirty Pretty Things

    ★★½

    "Dirty Pretty Things" is an absolute chore to watch, from beginning to end. Initially, this isn't so much because the film is bad, but rather, because of its willingness to deal with uncomfortable subject matter. It's meant to be provocative and gritty, to show more privileged audience the reality in which so many immigrants live. That is certainly an admirable goal.

    I will say, there are things that I liked about Dirty Pretty Things. The performances are excellent across the…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    When 2016 comes to a close, I would not be surprised if The Neon Demon wasn’t the most profoundly unique film of the year. Of course, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise to fans of Nicolas Winding Refn’s past work – both 2011’s Drive and 2013’s Only God Forgives certainly claimed that title as well. At this point, then Neon Demon should be par for the course for Refn. And yet, the fact of the matter is that his…

  • Drive

    Drive

    Fuck I wish I could give this movie more than five stars.

  • Finding Dory

    Finding Dory

    Finding Dory is the definition of a 3-star movie.

    Technically, there's not all that much wrong with it. The voice acting is exceptional, the animation (as per usual with Pixar) is stunning, and the script is completely serviceable. So yeah, I liked a Finding Dory a good bit.

    There is, however, a catch. It lacks the heart that I've come to expect of a Pixar movie. And while it tries to get there by adding new dimensions to Dory's mental…

  • Mr. Right

    Mr. Right

    I'm not quite sure that Mr. Right is a bad film.

    In fact, I feel quite comfortable saying that it isn't a bad film at all, it's actually completely fine. It's just... decidedly not for me. It's attempts at humor really didn't resonate with me, and I really wasn't buying the romance between the two main characters, who's names I don't even remember.

    At some points, Mr. Right felt, to me, like a weak attempt to be a Tarantino film.…

  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship had me grinning like a lunatic through it's entire run time. It's rare that a film is able to have that kind of impact on me, so having that occur twice in a single week is odd, to say the least.

    Anyways, perhaps the best thing Love & Friendship has going for it is the brisk pace at which it moves. Director Whit Stillman doesn't waste a single minute of screen time - every scene, every line of dialogue,…