The Problem With Fury’s Final Battle

The Problem With Fury’s Final Battle

Without reservation, Fury is among the best World War 2 movies made in recent memory. It’s beautifully shot, smartly written, emotionally resonant, and filled with nuance. It’s also a part of the war we don’t often see, following the crew of the tank Fury in the waning days of the the German Reich. But there’s … Read More

Fixing Pacific Rim’s Jaeger Tech

Fixing Pacific Rim’s Jaeger Tech

Pacific Rim is a movie that I love. Giant robot’s fighting giant monsters? Hell yeah, I’m so there. It is also, unfortunately not a movie that is particularly good. Don’t get me wrong, the core concept is great and the fight scenes incredible, but the story is lackluster, the character stilted and unengaging, and the … Read More

Aquaman

Aquaman

“Damning with faint praise” is the phrase that jumps to mind when it comes to reviewing Aquaman. After DC’s string of embarrassing and public cinematic catastrophes (Justice League being 2017’s crown jewel), it’s strange to watch a DC film that’s merely mediocre instead of actively terrible. Aquaman takes place chronologically after the events of Justice … Read More

Shimmer Lake

Shimmer Lake

One of the nice things about Netflix’s push for original programming is it greenlights and funds a lot of independent movies that otherwise would have trouble finding distribution. Sometimes these movies are misses (Cloverfield Paradox, for example) and other times they’re hits. Shimmer Lake is very much the latter. The high concept pitch for Shimmer … Read More

Kodachrome

Kodachrome

Kodachrome is a strange movie to review. It’s a good movie on a technical level: well-shot, well-acted, well-written, and by the end of the movie emotionally impactful, but once the credits roll it’s hard to remember exactly what happened in it. Part of the problem is that Kodachrome is part of a hyper-specific genre: son … Read More

Apostle

Apostle

Apostle is a different kind of horror movie. While the plot is relatively straightforward (brother goes to creepy island to save sister from creepy cult), what really sets it apart from other horror movies is the care it takes in details and style to craft a genuinely creepy and atmospheric experience. Dan Stevens plays main … Read More