Ryan has written 395 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★½

    This was literally just a Neil Breen film with a couple hundred million dollar budget.

    - vague criticisms of INDUSTRY with no real thought
    - savior character telling people in shitty situations that their problems aren't worth solving
    - strange romance with distinctive lack of chemistry
    - important rock
    - shitty special effects
    - child prologue
    - bad acting, camera choices, etc of course
    - vague themes of togetherness

    Neil Breen films have more heart though.

  • Time to Hunt

    Time to Hunt

    ★★★½

    The first 45 minutes are FANTASTIC. After that, the film is mostly solid but it is slightly overlong and some of the plot armor is immense. I did really enjoy this but I just needed it to be a little leaner.

  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★½

    So much of this was so good. The stylistic choices, cinematography, and certain scenes were exceptional. There's also a number of moments that are simply fine though and I really wasn't feeling the leisurely introduction. Overall though, I really think more should see this as there's a lot to love here and I hope this director makes more sooner than later.

  • Bad Education

    Bad Education

    ★★★★

    Hugh Jackman is FANTASTIC. The way this story unfolds is great and I really had a lot of fun. It feels almost like a Scorsese film but stylistically different enough that it doesn't feel derivative. Easy recommend as its super accessible AND super good.

  • Beasts Clawing at Straws

    Beasts Clawing at Straws

    ★★★

    I liked a lot of what it did but the overall story just never really connected with me. Still I definitely had fun and there's a lot of nice camerawork and ideas on display here. I'll have to see what the director does next.

  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    ★★★★

    So good! I will say my main complaint is that the structure of the documentary is a little strange and that it doesn't do the greatest job ever of presenting its thesis up front. However, the content here is top notch and the people showcased are such lights. This is one I could recommend to basically anyone.

  • His House

    His House

    ★★★

    Pretty solid debut with a good knowledge of genre norms and such. Unfortunately, I actually think the horror elements might be holding it back? The purely horror scenes were definitely my least favorite and my favorite scene (the bus) has no horror elements at all.

    I like this but I do think the director is better suited trying a drama in the future. They've made perfectly good horror but I think could excel elsewhere.

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★½

    Brutal and sad. This is just one day in the life of a woman that has an awful job and we're there for all of it. Sun up to sun down. There's a constant dread that she'll mess some small thing up and be fired and yet there's some hope that that happens just to get her out of this workplace. It is not fun to watch but it is important to. Definitely recommend.,

  • First Love

    First Love

    ★★★½

    Only my third Miike after Audition (which I loved) and Ichi the Killer (which I thought was fine.) This is somewhere in the middle. I liked it quite a bit. There's not an exceeding amount of depth but the characters and plot do enough that the action feels justified. It's also just super fun to watch.

  • She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    ★★

    Some really interesting ideas and some really cool scenes. But for every interesting idea or cool scene, there were several that I just wasn't feeling. Props for doing something different though even if it didn't connect with me.

  • I'm No Longer Here

    I'm No Longer Here

    ★★★½

    This was really good! The socioeconomical turmoil is always just out of frame but always felt as our main character never fully belongs wherever he goes. There's a lot of heart here and the lead performance is fantastic. I really liked the way this was shot as well and can't wait to see what the director does next!

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★

    This was not good. Every complaint I've ever had about a Nolan film is dialed up to 11 here. Half the dialogue is exposition. There are no characters with any level of depth. The gimmick is the film. The soundtrack is an assault for no reason. Scenes keep happening with not a single moment of breathing room. I find myself just annoyed as I reflect, honestly.

    It's fun to watch at least.