• The Last Blockbuster

    The Last Blockbuster

    ★★

    The Last Blockbuster (2021) is part company history youtube video, part lamentation on not having to drive 20 minutes to pay more money for a worse selection. I think what these people are hitting on is a demand for public film enthusiast spaces, unfortunately the major hook for the rental store was necessity. I wonder what sort of creative endeavor people will try to engage that spirit going forward. This documentary is kind boring though in its premise focusing on the individual remaining blockbusters though and I sort of think they struggled a bit to stretch the material into a feature.

  • Mortal Engines

    Mortal Engines

    ★½

    Mortal Engines (2018) is a listed example for the term squandered on dictionary.com. There is just something about giant cities eating one another that speaks to me. Unfortunately, if you strip down the amalgamation of worn out cliches and unlikable characters, the remains resemble the cgi skeletons littering the cgi landscape; just kind of present. It doesn't even really know what franchise it wants to rip off (Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Terminator, some anime I never…

  • Honest Thief

    Honest Thief

    ★½

    Honest Thief (2020) has a cute Liam Neesony hook noir premise that I applaud, but is ruined by a goofy uncalculated antagonist that doesn't fit the tone of the rest of the film. He should've put the money into Dogecoin.

  • Brother

    Brother

    ★★★½

    Brother (2000) is a Japanese Yakuza film in the honored gangster film tradition of an enterprising immigrant coming to America to make a name for himself in the world of organized crime. Aniki (Japanese for older brother) gets sent away to escape being snuffed for his overzealous attitude, and right away he turns heads with his no nonsense approach kicking ass and busting heads. He is a bit of an enigma, hardly saying anything throughout the whole film, always with…

  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    ★★

    Alien vs. Predator (2004) It really sucks that they squandered this premise so hard, because Predators ritualistically hunting Xenomorphs in a gigantic shifting Mezoamerican/Egyptiam pyramid complex full of machine gun bros deep underground in Antarctica is such a subtle and nuanced (and awesome) place to take these series. They just needed to have one "woah" factor to really take it home but they couldn't deliver. They deserve kudos for not having the aliens and predators team up at the end to fight some new third party though. I hate when they do that.

  • Law Abiding Citizen

    Law Abiding Citizen

    ★★★

    Law Abiding Citizen (2009) - I want to tread lightly here, because although I definitely had some criticisms, I found the film more enjoyable than not, so I don't want to spoil the plot if I can help it. They do a very good job at exacting sympathy on the viewer, so while we may not always agree with the lengths to which certain characters will go, we can understand and relate to their motivations. The performances were the best…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★

    The Seventh Seal (1957) is a film about playing chess with the grim reaper. It has a deeply somber tone filled with metaphysical horrors pertaining to both the crusades and black death. It plays with reality in a way that is unexpected, and maintains a level of heaviness that is not only unusual for a film from the 50s but also from the entirety of the genre. The themes of faith vs doubt, dark vs light and life vs death certainly must have been wild at the time because this one still stands out to me today!

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★½

    Boogie Nights (1997) is kind of like Requiem For A Dream but backwards.

  • Alien Resurrection

    Alien Resurrection

    ★★½

    Alien Resurrection (1997) - Better than Alien 3 at least. The special effects are better, and the story extends upon the previously established lore even if it is rather tropey and dumb. The characters are a little bit generic and random but they set the stage for a bunch of wacky murders. They set up Ripley as a maternal figure to the xenomorphs which is pretty interesting. The conclusion totally jumps the shark in a way that is absurd but…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★★

    Mortal Kombat (2021) - Watching these nostalgia fueled reboot films is always somewhat nerve wracking because in dealing with a property that is beloved, there is a huge risk that you take should it not embody the spirit of the franchise. Fortunately this version gets a lot of that right. It's violently over the top, it is rooted heavily in one on one showdown style fighting, and features an array of overdesigned characters with attitude. That's all that you really…

  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★½

    Alien 3 (1992) gets a lot of flack for not having guns and it's probably justified for the most part. They do some things right with this sequel by increasing the sense of isolation, and limiting the supplies could have made for some ingenius solutions, but they also scale back the effects and action a LOT, so at times the creature does not seem like nearly as big of a threat in the original, and there is only one instead…

  • 300

    300

    ★★★★

    300 (2006) really nails beauty in simplicity. The story is so straightforward yet impactful that it comes across like visual poetry. King Leonidas emphasizes the importance of strength and honour to his son at the very beginning and then spends the next two hours embodying those ideals. I can see why the film might come across as a little bit cheesy to some. There is certainly a great deal of machismo that can come across comical at times. Yet in…