Jean-Luc has written 26 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • 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…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★

    Honestly this movie would have been better as a video game, the first hour is easily the strongest part of the movie and feels like a bunch of Hitman setpieces strung together by scraps of a plot anyway. John David Washington and Robert Pattinson are great, their performances carry most of the movie but the inversion bullshit is virtually unsalvageable as is, if Nolan had more confidence as a film maker and just let the viewer roll with it maybe…

  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    ★★★

    Cool movie. Fun action sequences. Feel like I could end the review there and you’d get the point.

    Mostly does a good job adapting the cool elements of the comic but loses some of the edge and is definitely not paced as well because of the format transition. I’m not convinced the actors really have the range to nail the emotional scenes the comic does well, so those don’t 100% land.

  • Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

    Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

    ★★★

    Gotta feel bad for the people making this who planned it out probably thinking there would be 2 or 3 more movies in between. Still, gets a decent amount right and meaningfully differentiates itself from the comic it adapts.

  • Reign of the Supermen

    Reign of the Supermen

    ★★★

    Fine. Mostly has the same problems I remember the comic having (though it's been years since I read it)--awkward pacing, too many plot points to effectively keep track of, weak villain motivations, that sort of stuff. Just enough compelling character stuff prevents it from falling fully into mediocrity, most of which is in the first two-thirds.

  • The Death of Superman

    The Death of Superman

    ★★★

    Decent movie to toss on in the background while working, I imagine if I hadn't had good reason to look away I would have found it more grating and a little on the boring side--the fights are definitely too long. There are a lot of really good moments here though! I'm consistently surprised when the script/voice actors in these movies sell the emotional stuff because they're pretty inconsistent, but really glad when they do. The Lois/Clark stuff almost all lands really well, and the last ten minutes pack a greater punch (if still an imperfect one) than expected.

  • Scoob!

    Scoob!

    ★★★

    Fun and competent enough for a kids' movie, but really squanders a strong opening that captures the charm of the original cartoon quite well in favor of a more run of the mill plot. The stakes end up feeling too high and honestly the character drama doesn't quite hit.

  • Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

    Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

    ★★★

    Winnie the Pooh Marathon #2:

    Didn't own this one as a kid, so I only saw it once or twice and my nostalgia for it isn't as powerful as other Pooh movies. It's fine but too long and I found the musical numbers lacking. Just doesn't really feel like Pooh to me

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★

    A bunch of stuff I would have assumed to be completely not my shit, but I wound up being pretty into it. Just before the halfway mark everything sort of clicked and I (mostly) stopped cringing and just started enjoying myself. The performances do a lot of work here, everyone is super good and they're mostly able to carry a weaker script. If this is the kind of movie DC is going to make--fun but not amazing popcorn movies with just enough personality--I'm in for it.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★

    Really hope someday a Safdie brothers movie will actually hit for me

  • The Purge

    The Purge

    ★★★

    The Purge is a genuinely great movie until the third act kicks in. Its first two-thirds consist largely of really interesting commentary on wealth inequality and the security-industrial complex. But then it takes a real turn for the worse, ditching all of that in favor of a boring home invasion movie and inexplicably casting the main family as actual protagonists. Ultimately it just feels like a missed opportunity, and one I understand is actually rectified in later installments, so I'm looking forward to seeing the franchise evolve.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood feels like a re-awakening for Quentin Tarantino. For the first time in years, he’s made an ambitious movie outside his comfort zone. His signature is clear--aesthetically this is still very much a Tarantino film--but it does represent a departure from his signature style of revisionist genre pieces packed with gore and provocative humor.

    It also happens to be Tarantino’s most irresponsible movie. Although my worst fears didn’t come to pass, his contempt for women…