• Selma

    Selma

    ★★★★

    David Oyelowo delivers a stunning performance here. Famously snubbed of his Oscar nom.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Dang, this movie gets better each time I watch it. The characters are rich, the story is compelling, and the SW lore has me drooling. I love Ehrenreich's spin on Han Solo, as well as Glover's Lando.

    What a fun ride.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    This movie is thrilling as hell, and honestly, I could use a bit more slow moments. 

    Let me remind you of all of the big set pieces:
    1. The speeder chase on Coruscant, where we see the city in an entirely new way!
    2. Obi-Wan fighting Jango on Kamino!
    3. The asteroid chase with Jango and Obi-Wan
    4. Anakin and Padme at the Geonosian droid factory (this was the moment where I was feeling overwhelmed with the thrill level)
    5.…

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★★

    just so, so good. There are loads of old-school practical effects in this, and they really just make the movie shine.

  • Jingle All the Way

    Jingle All the Way

    ★★★

    Started this one during the lead up to Christmas, but somehow left 20 minutes remaining. Finished it this morning… what a fun ride. I’ve never seen this before, so when the film starts with that Power Rangers-esque Turbo Man opening, I was so confused. Didn’t expect that from a Christmas movie.

  • 21 Jump Street

    21 Jump Street

    ★★★★

    What a classic. So good.

    Jonah Hill is wonderful, forgot that he co-wrote the story here. If his next few directed films are as good or better than Mid90s, then I think we’ll be having some solid convos about his place in film history. Hey, I know that’s a big statement, and I’m not saying he’s a goat (not yet), I’m just saying that he is a top tier performer and writer, and if his directing pans out to match that… then we’ll have a once in a generation talent.

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★½

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

    For the 2021 Genre Fun Project, where me and a few friends watch 21 movies in 7 different genres throughout 2021. For more details, check out our list (make sure to read the description and notes!)

    Genre: 20th Century War
    Era: Modern
    Required Viewing

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    What a masterpiece.

    I've read that multiple filmmakers, critics, etc (including Nolan) think that this is the greatest war film ever made. That's high praise. I haven't seen enough of the genre to confirm that…

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★½

    For the 2021 Genre Fun Project, where me and a few friends watch 21 movies in 7 different genres throughout 2021. For more details, check out our list (make sure to read the description and notes!)

    Genre: 20th Century War
    Era: Modern
    Supplemental Viewing

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    Dang, this film is rough. Not nearly as good as I remember. The first half (everything before the battle) is simply a cheesy Lifetime movie. It's clear Gibson does not care at all about this…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★½

    Solid film here, but not nearly as good as The Big Short. I love seeing Leo in this role, very different for him. Also, Timothée is so funny here; I want more of this and less moody teen from him. All around the performances were wonderful.

  • The Princess Diaries

    The Princess Diaries

    ★★★★

    This movie has no business being this good!

    It could easily have been a basic DCOM/TV movie, but instead we get a solid piece of cinema right here. There are so many great jokes of all sizes, but I think the smaller bits of humor really make this film shine. Like Sandra Oh could have just been a basic VP of the high school, but she plays her role with such goofball energy... it's so good.

    Anne Hathaway is terrific…

  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    ★★★★

    Watched with my grandparents… grandma was hooked! It was great seeing her on the edge of her seat. We would ask if she wanted water, a snack, dessert, etc, and she kept saying “after the movie is over.”

    My mom hates sitting to watch a movie. She often steps in and out of the room while we watch. This time, she did that for the first 30 minutes, then was glued to the screen after that, standing in the corner of the room. 

    What a gripping movie. 

    On this second viewing, I was really amazed at the masterful editing and direction.

  • White Christmas

    White Christmas

    ★★★★

    Merry Christmas. 

    Danny Kaye has been and always will be a favorite! 

    Also… his character is totally gay. Anyone else pick up on this? I found a subreddit with this too, good convos. Some people think that Kaye’s character is in love with Crosby’s, his best friend. But knowing that it would never work out, wants to be the supportive best friend and find a life partner for him. Love that take. Next time you watch, take this approach, and it adds a whole new dimension.