• Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Rewatching Mad Max: Fury Road for the first time in many years, I’m struck by how it foretold the Trump era. An age where men are desperately and violently trying to cling to power. But it’s not a man’s world anymore. Tom Hardy puts in the performance of his career as far as I’m concerned even though he only has a handful of lines. He speaks with his movements and eyes. And his gun. Charlize Theron’s stoic Furiosa is an…

  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    ★★★★★

    This movie is my therapy. Gracias Alejandro.

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★

    This movie was filled with chaotic energy. I loved it even though I didn’t really understand it. There is some kind of metaphor going on for insatiable desires . Some really stunning images and cinematography, very competently made.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    Hereditary is a brilliant horror film. It’s utterly terrifying without a single jump scare. It’s a slow burn psychological horror that is deeply indebted to the genre classics, while also managing to completely reinvent the genre. What I mean by that is this film breaks most of the rules of how horror films traditionally unfold, opting to leave the audience out of large swaths of knowledge about what’s really going on. It’s like when you witness a good magic trick and you can’t figure out how it was done- the inner workings of the trick are only known to the magician (in this case, Ari Aster).

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    This movie is the perfect mix of beautiful and disturbing. A one of a kind film like no other. Sure, there are some similarities with other sci-fi such as Stalker and Sphere. However, this has something to it that I can only describe as cosmic horror. Straight up eldritch abomination shit. I can’t recommend this film enough for anyone looking for a thoroughly thought provoking sci-fi film with beautiful cinematography.

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★★★

    I really don’t understand the hate for this movie. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. A perfectly executed minimal thriller (after I finished watching it I found out the entire thing was shot in only 11 days!). This is without a doubt one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performances. An intense character study.

  • The Exorcist III

    The Exorcist III

    ★★★★

    A worthy sequel to the original. There are so many things to praise about this. Fantastic script by the late William Peter Blatty. Brilliantly unsettling scenes that utilize wide shots and one of the greatest jump scares of all time. There’s even some body horror thrown into the mix. Superb performances all around. My only criticism: why is everyone in this movie fucking yelling all the time? Otherwise, I think this is a classic that deserves to be remembered and revisited. I think this must have been an influence on the film Se7en.

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★

    This movie has to be watched on Blu-ray. I grew up watching this many times on DVD, but you have to watch it in a high definition format to fully appreciate the incredible production values. The sets and the costumes are extremely high quality and so dense with detail, it’s incredible. As far as I’m concerned, this is Gary Oldman’s best acting. Coppola is at the height of his filmmaking here, however not even his masterful old school filmmaking flourishes can make up for a few glaring weaknesses, most notably Keanu Reeves’ stilted acting. This film is such a pleasure to watch around Halloween time.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    Dune is only one half of a film, but somehow Villeneuve manages to pull of a genuine masterpiece. It’s very much a passion project, so it is guaranteed to turn some people off by its sheer nature of being more concerned with successfully adapting the source material than creating some perfectly accessible money making sci-fi extravaganza. Somehow though, this manages to feel like a blockbuster, and an experimental art film at the same time (to an even greater extent than…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    Such a beautiful action film, a feast for the senses. I loved the thematic and visual motif of water. The camera work was so brilliant in the action scenes, with incredible angles and the sounds really packed a punch. A fitting and appropriately epic end to the best James Bond saga as far as I’m concerned.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    A movie about how an abusive, homophobic, sexist dickhead is somehow justified in being an abusive, homophobic, sexist dickhead because this is what is supposedly required to produce greatness.

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    Really quite good because it manages to be more than just your average sci-fi with the loftier concepts of fate and eternal recurrence mixed in to the action. I really enjoyed the sudden unexpected deaths and I’m such a sucker for mecha-suits and heavy firepower.