• The Muppet Movie

    The Muppet Movie

    ★★★★★

    “I have a dream too, but it's about singing and dancing and making people happy. It's the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with.“

    There is a very compelling case to be made that The Muppet Movie is Jim Henson’s greatest accomplishment. The film is a technical marvel, consistently witty and a passionate allegory for Henson’s own career trajectory and vision for the world. There is so much love and dedication and attention to…

  • A Fish Called Wanda

    A Fish Called Wanda

    ★★★

    “You English! You think you're so superior, don't you? Well you're the filth of the planet! A bunch of pompous, badly dressed, poverty stricken, sexually repressed football hooligans!”

    On a first glance, it might seem somewhat difficult to discern what separates A Fish Called Wanda from any number of similar, small-budget English comedies of the same vein. On the surface, it seems no less dynamic, noteworthy or even particularly more amusing than any half-baked obscurity of its era. And yet, for…

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    ★★★★

    “Steve represented the best in all of us. Courageous, righteous, hopeful. And he mastered posing stoically.“

    In contrast to its predecessor, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier does not have as high highs. Unlike that former show, Falcon also suffers from being heavily in the shadow of the film it is most clearly a spin-off; Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This is unfortunate because that film just so happens to be the best in the whole pantheon of Marvel Studios…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★½

    “Flawless victory”

    Yeah, I think “flawless” would be overselling this film just a bit. 

    Like any number video games adaptations before it, Mortal Kombat seems to suffer from an identity crisis. When all is said and done, I have no idea who this film is for and why it was really made. A lot of the character reveals and moments of action seem to suggest that this is designed for fans of the world and the lore but then non-fans…

  • Batman Begins

    Batman Begins

    ★★★★★

    “There's nothing to fear but fear itself!” 

    It is unfathomable to me that Batman Begins came out in 2005. It is weird now to think that Christopher Nolan’s first stab at the character was a comparative sleeper hit that crept under the radar but, even now, it still fails to receive nearly enough credit for how innovative and ahead of its time it was. Take a look at the landscape of comic book films in 2005; the year before Batman…

  • Rain Man

    Rain Man

    ★★★★½

    “What are you looking at? The ducks are over here. What are you looking at?”
    “I don’t know.”

    This is a fantastic film. There is so much to really enjoy and praise about Rain Man. It would be easy to single out the significance and respect that is given to depicting characters on the spectrum and that is a wonderful aspect of the film. I would implore anybody and everybody with misconceptions about people with autism to watch Rain Man

  • The Legend of Drunken Master

    The Legend of Drunken Master

    ★★½

    “Water floats, but also capsizes boats.”

    Drunken Master II is not at all the film I expected it to be. Where the original was a campy and thrilling journey of a young man’s training, the sequel proves to be a more self-serious and dramatic affair, exploring the socio-economic hardships of Chinese people in 1901. It is unfair to condemn a piece because it failed to meet your expectations but I cannot deny that I found whatever approach Drunken Master II…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    ★★★★

    “You just have to decide what kind of a man you want to grow up to be, Clark, because whoever that man is, good character or bad...he's gonna change the world.”

    Upon revisiting it, Man of Steel has proven to be something of an oddity. For one thing, it is genuinely a pretty good science-fiction film and a more than competent portrayal of Superman for contemporary audiences but, second to that, Man of Steel holds such a weird place now…

  • Super 8

    Super 8

    “Excuse me, can I have another order of fries? Because my friend here is fat.”

    Man, I just do not like J. J. Abrams films.

    Super 8
    is a love-letter to the somewhat edgy but still family-oriented, science-fiction-adventure films of the 1980s. Think Stranger Things but with a lot less charm and style. As good natured as this project obviously is, Abrams is just not a strong enough writer to pull off a film like this that leans so heavily…

  • Black Dynamite

    Black Dynamite

    ★★★★½

    “The worse thing about these pushers getting these children addicted to this new smack is that these children are orphans, and orphans don't have parents.”

    I can’t imagine anybody disliking Black Dynamite.

  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year

    ★★½

    “Haaro toh haaro ... par izzat mat utaaro.”

    Happy New Year is pretty goofy. Are we supposed to take any of this seriously? I hope not. All in all, there are a lot of good jokes and some spectacular set pieces, both dance and action, but the whole affair is way too long and drawn out by half. It is an incredibly charming watch but so unbelievably draining. 

    That said, I really should be giving it five stars just because…

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★½

    “Can you keep a secret?”
    “Who would I tell? All my friends are dead.”

    I hate to say it but I was a little bit disappointed by Can You Ever Forgive Me? Not because it is a bad, because it is certainly far from it, but simply because I do not feel like I got the film I was expecting. That is not the film’s fault but it is certainly a factor in my experience that I cannot ignore. What…