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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★

    Obviously loved this because of Mann’s patient & explosive realism in the procedural doings painted from his near intrusive digital canvas, but also because of the resonate through-line of forming unexpected connections with people and doing anything to keep them. Proposing that the hyper-connectivity of the internet can indeed bring us together for something good. And, c’mon y’all Chris Hemworth jams a screwdriver into some dude’s head *twice* (!!).

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★

    Tbh its overall attitude about the high consumption of slashers rubs me the wrong way, but damn is it incredibly entertaining and tightly constructed in its deconstruction of character archetypes and cliches cleverly contextualizing them in a meta mythology. With a third act that is up there in sheer insanity. And not to mention Richard Jenkins & Bradley Whitford being a complete delight; Jenkin’s “fuck you!” to the little Japanese girls always kills me. Probably 7 years too late but prequel series starring both of them when???

  • Police Story 2

    Police Story 2

    ★★★

    The procedural approach to its narrative is a nice way to differentiate itself from its predecessor and an organic way to move the story forward, which might actually be technically more well put together in the plot department than the first; but I gotta say I still prefer the original for its action, villains and mutual understanding between superior and subordinate about the systematic failings of the law. Still, it’s a very solid sequel with a powerhouse display of slick…

  • Crawl

    Crawl

    ★★★

    Aquatic horror is back, baby. Alexandre Aja brings his signature brutality to a creature feature/disaster movie providing gnarly gator chomping inflicted violence with genuine moments of suspense. It also helped that, while the familial drama may not always land, the movie does a solid job with the dad & daughter dynamic—led by a pretty bad ass performance by Kaya Scodelario— to make me actively root for their survival. A pretty dang fine piece of summer popcorn entertainment. Even has a couple solid *aunthentic* jump scares!

  • Police Story

    Police Story

    ★★★★

    Snagged this from the Barnes and Noble Criterion sale and it did not disappoint. A dazzling marriage of death defying stunts (that intro set piece with the cars; w o w.) and hilarious physical comedy often feeding into one another showing off Jackie Chan’s crazy commendable commitment to his craft(s). So fucking good.

  • Serenity

    Serenity

    ★★

    I just had to watch this for my self after the reputation it was getting as something “so bad it’s good” and while yes the twist is absolutely ludicrous, it’s mostly a chore to get through. It’s just Mcconaughey aimlessly roaming around being the saddest sad boi™️ to ever not be with his son. And that’s before the twist is revealed. Anne Hathaway sometimes shows up with some odd acting choices like she was the only one who saw the…

  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    ★★

    SAW but make it PG-13 ( seriously, I got deja vu to one of the Saw sequels during a flashback showing a character’s backstory). Easily digestible fluff with its somewhat decently constructed escape rooms, but ultimately a forgettable experience.

  • Greta

    Greta

    ★★★

    Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert spits out a piece of gum into Chloe Grace Moretz’s hair with such gusto I let out a guffaw i didn’t know I was capable of making. Low-key a delight.

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    ★★★★

    Surprisingly mature about the way it arrives at the conclusion that humanity themselves are to blame for the dragons and humans not being able to co-exist together and offers no solution, just the bittersweet feeling of being able to be apart of something grand. A fantastic send off after what I thought was a tonally confused & somewhat underwhelming middle chapter. It’s heartwarming, fun, and gorgeously animated (the scene where Toothless & the light fury soar the skies is breathtaking) —really loved it.

  • Vanilla Sky

    Vanilla Sky

    ★★★★

     “What does happiness mean to you?”

    Can we really shield ourselves from our pain & trauma forever or do we have to eventually wake up? A bittersweet meditation of what reality actually means for us and our intense desire to escape but never being fully able to. Despite the heady premise and nightmarish proceedings there’s an air of playfulness to the whole thing;whether from Tom Cruise & Penelope Cruz’s charming romance or the humor derived from Cruise’s lifestyle (with some help from…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Honestly still in disbelief by the AUDACITY to remake the original nearly beat for beat, redoing its iconography with underwhelming cgi essentially admitting to us this was a blatant cash crab. And the inspired changes they attempted to do are either inconsequential because they don’t fully commit, or is just icky making Freddy’s abuse textual instantly deflating the fun tone it’s going for. They don’t even try adding an ounce of creativity to its dream sequences either. smh. Easily the most egregious horror remake that came out of the remake craze from the 00’s.

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★

    Taking a peek through Argento’s ivory looking-glass and what we find is attempted murder, the unreliability of our memories, ravishing compositions & lighting, and more murder. Crazy to think that this was Argento’s first film and his style is instantly recognizable. The madman.