• Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    ★★★★

    Love how big, silly, and self-serious this thing gets. The Cannibal Island set pieces are great, the Kraken rules, three-way sword fight, and Davy Jones is one of the best looking CG characters still.

     Just one of those movies where it seems like everyone is having fun and that vibe is pretty infectious. 

    I don’t how many times I’ve seen this, I worked at a theater when it came out so for weeks I spent a lot of time in…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★

    My second favorite sea-faring adventure film from 2003.

    One thing I wish they brought back for the sequels is Will Turner’s stunning hat and cape ensemble. 

    A complete and stunningly fun film.

  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★★

    Me to myself: “You ready to return to Titanic?”

    Ooh, boy, am I always.

  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★★

    Imagine someone making a film about something that they’re just a complete nerd about and it being this fucking good. 

    Unabashedly corny and that’s its super-power. It has the power to turn anyone in a Titanic fanatic. I like the MCU, but I don’t read the comics, I like Bond, but never read a Fleming novel, but did I read a bunch of books about Titanic in the late 90’s? You better believe it! 

    Gripe all you want, it’s a gripping masterpiece that is pitch perfect in every regard. It’s perfect … from stem to stern. 

  • Noah

    Noah

    ★★★★

    “Everything that was good… we shattered.”

    I mean … it’s not like they added rock-monster-angels to a true story… sooooo….

    I think this is an incredible mythical-fantasy film, that features some pretty ballsy and inventive imagery. 

    I also love mother!, so if I had my way I’d fund any Aronofsky religious allegory, but that’s just me.

    I think this is divisive for the wrong reasons. I mean, religious or not, we all know the basic Sunday school version of the…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★★★

    God didn’t win the war. We did.

    I haven’t watched this movie in seven years, and it hit differently this time. Maybe the first time I was just checking off my Oscar watchlist, and now with some distance I’m just viewing it as a film, but it’s pretty damn good. Maybe it tries to be too uplifting right after what should be it’s hammer-blow, but everything that comes before the last ten minutes is really great stuff. 

    I’m an easy…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★

    On the back of this movie’s success:

    Rian Johnson - gets 100 million for two sequels 

    Daniel Craig - gets 100 million for two sequels 

    Ana de Armas - gets a sad Ben Affleck

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★½

    I look at this movie the way Poirot looks at that bread.

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★½

    I think what works about the film is that it’s not cut and dry. There’s a reason why the case hasn’t been solved, and as we’re told, it may never be solved, and most films would take that has a challenge and make sure that there’s a clear cut answer to the mystery presented to you. But this doesn’t do that. 

    The guy from Idaho, is he a red herring, does he have anything to do with the unsolved case,…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    At the time this won Best Picture I felt that it was to make up for Pan’s Labyrinth missing out on the Best Foreign Film, or maybe it was because GDT is the most likable man on Earth and the goodwill he garnered just ended up overwhelming the odds, but now it’s plain to see it is an impeccable film that deserved what it got and was possibly robbed of more. 

    Just a really soulful and beautiful film that could only come from a mind that truly understood the majesty of the unexplainable.

  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    ★★★★½

    I’ll go to my grave not understanding a lot of things about humans and the stupid shit we do, but why this wasn’t flocked to and seen as the monumental masterpiece it is, is one of the things that’ll puzzle me the most.

  • Hellboy

    Hellboy

    ★★★★

    Hellboy's line to Liz, "I'll always look this good", was originally spoken by writer and director Guillermo del Toro to his future wife, when she took issue with his casual mode of dressing.

    what a legend.