James Profetto

James Profetto

Movie critic/Founder of Reel James. 📺
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Favorite films

  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • GoodFellas
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Moonlight

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★★

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★★★

  • Spider-Man 3

    ★★

  • Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★★

    Oh, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” I remember being one of the few defenders of this film when it hit theaters and, all these years later, I still don’t hate this movie.

    But it’s clear that there’s a quality drop-off here from the first film. And it starts with how bloated this movie is. Almost 2 and a half hours of good-to-great pieces, but also lots of moments that hold this movie back from being good overall.

    What works…

    • Director…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★★★

    I have and will continue to defend “The Amazing Spider-Man.” The movie is much better than people give it credit for.

    It’s not without some flaws, though: the pacing in the first half is rough. It stumbles out of the gate, trying to establish Peter’s backstory with his father, Richard. That B-plot doesn’t work for me at all, honestly, even on rewatches.

    Then there’s the problem of generic dialogue with Peter, Aunt May and Uncle Ben. It never felt like…

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  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★½

    A summertime slasher film is such a fun idea. “Fear Street Part One” pays homage to classic 90s slashers, like “Scream,” and sometimes they really nail that perfect balance of cheesy and entertaining.


    But sadly, this is a disappointing start to the trilogy.


    Here’s my full review!

  • Fear Street: 1978

    Fear Street: 1978

    ★★★

    "Fear Street Part Two: 1978" does what sequels rarely achieve, which is being a better film than its predecessor. The script is sharper, the story is more focused and I absolutely love our cast here.

    But something is still holding back this movie from feeling like a complete experience.

    Here’s my full review!