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  • Jaws
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
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  • Bronze Magician

    ★★½

  • The Harder They Fall

    ★★★★

  • Squid Game

    ★★★★½

  • Collateral

    ★★★★

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  • Scanner Cop II

    Scanner Cop II

    ★★★½

    A practical effects superstar. The gore and kills are almost comically long but unexpectedly gooey as Patrick Kilpatrick drains these Scanner Heads of their precious internal juices. If that sounds overtly sexual, you should see his face when he does it. 

    Scanner Cop, Daniel Quinn returns! This time with longer hair and a leather jacket. He’s kicked the squeaky clean image for a more rough and tumble I-Don’t-Play-By-The-Rules vibe. It mostly works as Kilpatrick and Quinn face off in the ultimate staring contest. The winner will go home alive. The loser will go home dead. 

    However, they will have both shat their pants.

  • Omen IV: The Awakening

    Omen IV: The Awakening

    ★★★½

    Ten things I’ve learned about the Antichrist:

    1. The Antichrist hates when you steal their lunch. 
    2. The Antichrist lives by the Billy Madison motto “O’Doyle... I’ve got a feeling your whole family’s going down.”
    3. The Antichrist believes New Age healing crystals are for hippies... 
    4. ...And all hippies must be destroyed. 
    5. An upside down T will pop up every so often around the Antichrist’s victims. It most likely stands for Terror!
    6. You must first ask if…

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  • Bronze Magician

    Bronze Magician

    ★★½

    From the director of A Page of Madness, comes an on-the-nose metaphor of a Christ-like (Buddha) figure, however, all I kept coming back to was Rasputin. Perhaps it was all the stabbings?

    The ending kinda just happens and then drags on for the final 10 minutes. Up until then it was barely a 3 star. Kind of a bummer as there are some intriguing ideas within, but it all takes place in the same two locations and never really open up in an interesting way.

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    ★★★★

    This was built up by some friends, so I went in a tad weary. It blew away all expectations.  

    The modern take on the Western is something I’ve found to be tired and formulaic. The Harder They Fall is anything but. It’s given the genre a fresh coat (save for the Sees Candy colored Mayville) and stands on its own as a unique take on the old West. 

    I found some of the plot mechanics a little sticky in…

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  • Antlers

    Antlers

    ★½

    This was 99 minutes that felt like 159. From voice to emotions to score this film drones in a monotone haze. The dreary surroundings, restrained characters, and dark cinematography almost lulled me to sleep.

    I can’t ever seem to get on board with a story where you follow two sets of characters: 1) our protagonists who are trying to figure out a mystery & 2) a neutral character that shows us everything that the first set is investigating. At that point…

  • The Fly II

    The Fly II

    ★★½

    This movie made me question everything I’ve done with my life.

    In the first five years, Eric Stoltz:

    1) Wears Rick Moranis cosplay.
    2) Gets his own apartment.
    3) Has sex.
    4) Decapitates someone using an elevator.

    It took me twenty-plus years to do three of those. 






    I’m still trying to find the Gatekeeper to complete my couple’s costume.