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Knives Out (2019)

What a slippery slope we weave, when we tangle... Wait what? This is kinda how I felt watching this. It takes a different approach and shows the crime in detail from the early parts. Then after that, it meanders and finally rallies to a frenzied end. It was not the intriguing, exciting whodunnit that the trailer made it out to be.


Uncut Gems (2019)

The story goes that Danny calls Sandman and exclaims that he was gripping the seat in front of him the entire time. It was that intense.

It made my back hurt watching it. I may not be able to say that I really enjoyed it, but I like the Safdie Brothers' style. Every other shot seemed to be behind glass or through a narrow passage. The effect creates a sense of claustrophobia and anxiety, unlike anything I recall ever seeing before.


Little Women (2019)

This was an enjoyable film on all accounts. Saoirse Ronan seems to act so natural and effortless. Florence Pugh was captivating as well. All around a joy to behold.

Little Women (2019)

This was an enjoyable film on all accounts. Saoirse Ronan seems to act so natural and effortless. Florence Pugh was captivating as well. All around a joy to behold.
Glad to here you enjoyed it! I'll probably watch that as I've seen all the other versions of Little Women and liked them all.


1917 (2019)

All of the superlatives about this movie are true. The visuals and the performances are top notch, yet something didn't click with me. As neat as the "one-shot" approach is, maybe it doesn't quite work. In order to progress the story (and distance) it seemed like some unnecessary things were added in.


The Gentlemen (2020)

If you like this type of movie, you're not gonna be upset. Probably not gonna be impressed either. What used to be snappy and clever movies with memorable characters, seems watered down and a bit stale. I don't know who this speaks more about, McConaughey or Ritchie. I think I've already forgotten the majority of it.


Good Time (2017)

I'm a big fan of the Safdie Bros. visual style. Frenetic, real, grimy.
I can't say I'm as big a fan of the anxiety inducement they offer alongside it.


The Squid and the Whale (2005)

I enjoy stuff like this, even though I don't really catch the themes trying to be relayed. It did get ridiculous and unbelievable. I mean come on, all those old people in an auditorium and nobody ever heard Hey You? Preposterous

Spenser Confidential (2020)

It's that bad.


Bloodshot (2020)

Oh what to say, what to say. Hmmmm... Do you like Eiza González? She's in this and she is a gem. What else? Yeah, I've got nothing.

I usually skip out on these mid-tier movies, but damn that trailer made it look good. It's just a lot of nonsense. They don't even explain why the bad guy is a bad guy...unless that happened when I dozed off.

Vin Diesel is an actor I like, when he is spread out among an ensemble cast. If I have to watch him by himself, it's gonna be a rough one.

Nothing to see here.


Big Time Adolescence (2020)

I still don't quite get Pete Davidson, but I find myself watching his stuff. A lot of times (outside of this film) it doesn't work. Too vulgar, too crass, with not enough funny to balance the teeter-totter

Big Time Adolescence is one of the times when he shines. I don't know if it is close to who he is IRL, or maybe he IS a good actor. He really portrays the guy reaching back to hold onto the past versus moving forward to the next thing in his life.


Den of Thieves (2018)

This isn't high art, high concept or well-executed. There are plenty of issues and holes if you want to look for them. If you want some bang-bang, tuffies stone-facing each other, this is perfect.

It is kind of a bad movie, but it's great. Gerard Butler's face is so swollen, that I don't know if he is a heavy drinker or he just got into character. Pornstache needs more bad guys roles.


End of Watch (2012)

I didn't realize how long this movie has been around. It doesn't seem like 8 years and yet I never cared to see it. Why? Probably Michael Pena and JG's faces. Seriously. I never bought those two as beat cops.

The cam footage style seemed to be a good choice, except for certain "chaos" scenes. Stuff got lost and it just seemed like a mess. Otherwise, the movie was solid. The conspiracy angle seemed to be wasted in that it didn't provide enough information to really go anywhere. Maybe that was the point.


The Social Network (2010)

2020 is the 25th anniversary of Se7en and my membership in the David Fincher fan club. Maybe everyone feels this way, but he is a director that overwhelms me with his attention to detail and cohesion.

The Social Network did not resonate with me emotionally, provide me a profound enlightenment of Mark Zuckerberg, or make me think of Andrew Garfield as anything other than the guy that played Spiderman. It did further my love of Fincher and stir a glimmer of hope within that I will be able to make it through Zodiac one day.


Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Harvey Keitel plays Harvey Keitel doing all the dope. Gritty representation of New York City. I’m not sure this offers much outside of its bleak portrayal of a broken man.


John Bronco (2020)

"I don't catch frisbees, man."
That's about all you need to know about this one.