I'm a normal guy with an abnormal love for cinema.
The Power of the Dog is this year's First Cow for me, a gorgeously directed and well-acted Western drama that left me emotionally distant. The whole cast does a phenomenal job, including an excellent lead performance by Benedict Cumberbatch. There's also strong supporting work from Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The score by Jonny Greenwood is also outstanding and another great piece from him this year. As masterfully directed as this is from Jane Campion, the story didn't…
Few things in movies jazz me up as much as the opening title sequence to Catch Me If You Can. The music. The vibe. The art style. Absolute perfection! Also I think it's high tide we acknowledge this film as one of the great Christmas movies. Top 5 Spielberg and forever an all-time fave of mine.
Encanto is another wonderful and heartwarming animated feature from Disney. Like most of their recent works, the animation is absolutely gorgeous with dazzling and vibrant colors throughout. The characters are all charming, especially the main lead Mirabel, played wonderfully by Stephanie Beatriz. The music by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a true delight, including some exciting musical numbers and catchy tunes. While it can reach some familiar territory with its message, this is still a touching look at the importance of family, culture, and identity. If you're looking for the perfect film to watch with your family during the Thanksgiving holiday, this is definitely one to check out.
I'm honestly pretty torn with Nia DaCosta's version of Candyman. There's certainly much to admire from this sequel reboot, particularly DaCosta's direction. She has a really good eye for the camera and utilizes many tricks and movements that add to the eeriness of the feature. The performances are all solid, particularly from Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and a great comedic relief role by Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. The score is fantastic and the kills are both brutal and entertaining to…