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  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★

    My problems with Les Mis actually have nothing to do with performances. I know a lot of people take issue with Russel Crowe's singing ability and portrayal of Javert, but I thought it was well executed and unique. Jean Valjean being played by Hugh Jackman was a stroke of genius and he destroys all possible expectations and performs flawlessly. The same goes for Anne Hathaway. I really enjoy practically all the performances in the film. HOWEVER...

    I think Les Mis…

  • Other People

    Other People

    ★★★

    Other People tells the story of a woman dying of cancer through the eyes of her estranged gay son. The film tries to tackle a lot of issues of homophobia and forgiveness, but never fully ends up taking a standpoint, leaving the film in a kind of limbo between ideas.

    The performances are all good, but the best example of a great performance from the film is Molly Shannon as the mother dying. The makeup is good at capturing the…

  • The Oath

    The Oath

    ★★★

    I really enjoy Ike Barinholtz. He is a pretty funny dude and with this film he proves he can direct a good film. The problem is that the good film is the first half, and then he also shows he is capable of directing a pretty bad film with the second half. However overall I still look fondly on The Oath.

    The first half of the film has a lot to say about society, white privilege, police brutality, and being…

  • Child's Play

    Child's Play

    Somewhat interested in seeing the reboot of the franchise with Mark Hamill, I decided to watch the original Child's Play. A note: Tom Holland as a director made Fright Night, which is top tier horror in my opinion. So I was hoping to enjoy Child's Play. However I did not.

    From the very beginning of the film I was a little worried. The opening scene and setup is too stupid to believe, and removes any question on what is going…

  • Swing Kids

    Swing Kids

    ★★★★

    An absolute breath of fresh air, Swing Kids brings new life into films about dance. Using a fantastic combination of choreography and cinematography, the film is able to capture seemingly the pure essence of dance and the use of it to build bridges between cultures.

    There are some goofy things in the film to be sure. Near the beginning of the film, our lead character does a dance extremely fast, and they utilize CG to make it inhumanly fast. That…

  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★★★

    Weekly Film Club Vol. 13

    I think I fall in complete love with a Disney animated film about every 8 or so years. Lilo & Stitch, Wall-E, and Coco. All films I would die for. And yes I cried a lot at Coco. Probably because it deals with similar themes from Lilo & Stitch of family and brokenness. I love movies about broken families I guess.

    The soundtrack as well is full of beautiful gems, and I love that they were all…

  • Lilo & Stitch

    Lilo & Stitch

    ★★★★★

    Weekly Film Club Vol. 13

    This is the best Disney has ever had to offer. Beautiful morals, touching characters, hilarious moments, and incredible animation. It also made me realize just how homesick I am.

    Lilo & Stitch has always been close to me as a film. But this time around it hit me so much harder. Because I haven't sat down and watched it in so long. Before my family became broken. Before I learned what family meant to me. And…

  • Treasure Planet

    Treasure Planet

    ★★★★

    Weekly Film Club Vol. 13

    Somehow watching Treasure Planet, you just have an inherent knowledge that this film is from 2002. Whether it is from the animation style, to the weird music choices, or the single music montage in the film. Treasure Planet is unabashedly 2002. And it is great.

    I love the visual aesthetic of the film. Not just the main members of the cast or the ship they sail in, but the random background characters at the spaceport…

  • The Rocketeer

    The Rocketeer

    ★★★

    Weekly Film Club Vol. 13
    Superhero Movies Ranked

    Before Joe Johnston made the first Captain America film, he first stepped his toes into comic adaptations and superhero films with the 1991 film The Rocketeer. It definitely is an interesting movie, and darker than a lot of Disney live action films. I am definitely glad I watched the film, despite some flaws.

    I found the middle portion of the film to be mostly a bore. There were a couple interesting sequences…

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★★

    Weekly Film Club Vol. 13

    Moana was an amazing experience when I saw it in theatres. I always love to see not just a great aniamted film, but one almost completely starring Polynesians. Moana was that. When me and my girlfriend left the theatre we were sobbing uncontrollably.

    I think some of the enjoyment came from the pure spectacle of a new Disney IP with a completely Polynesian cast. However, even after sitting on the film for nearly three years…

  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters

    Justice League: Gods and Monsters

    ★★½

    Superhero Movies Ranked

    Some really interesting concepts in God's and Monsters. I like the alternate versions of Superman and Wonder Woman, but Batman felt a little too shallow of a character to be enjoyed fully. The rest of the characters were fine, besides Luthor who was really really dumb. His actions and his character design were just pretty poorly done.

    While I enjoy a lot of the concepts, the main story is pretty lackluster and doesn't end up really saying…

  • Batman vs. Robin

    Batman vs. Robin

    ★★½

    Superhero Movies Ranked

    At the very least I can say Batman Vs. Robin is infinitely better than Son of Batman. Damian is still an annoying character, but is much much better in this. The villains are much more interesting than just Deathstroke, and there were some really cool scenes in this film.

    I really liked that Nightwing was like an actual character in this film, instead of just someone for Robin to fight. The same goes for Alfred, who has…