The Generational Appeal of Home Alone

The generational appeal of Home Alone

Some movies are like one-night stands. They’re good for just that single occasion and nothing after that. You could try watching them a second time but the magic just isn’t there. But not Home Alone. After well over a decade, I took the time to rewatch Macaulay Culkin’s 1990 classic while experiencing the Christmas blues. […]

Joker is a cautionary tale for us all

Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in 2019

Critics Score: 69% Audience Score: 88%, IMDb: 8.7 Is a great movie one that is universally liked or one that is highly polarizing, spawning various opinions and critiques? It could be one or the other, but most people would easily deride a film that doesn’t form a consensus, one like Joker that creates a mixed […]

I Finally Watched Frozen after 6 years

Frozen 2013 poster

Critics’ Score: 90% Audience Score: 85%, IMDb: 7.5 Yes. Six years later, I finally watched Frozen. A newly crowned queen inadvertently plunges her kingdom into an eternal winter when she’s unable to control her secret powers. Her younger sister seeks her out in the hopes of restoring normalcy, bringing summer back to the region. While […]

The Little Hours is charmingly irreverent

Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci in The Little Hours

Critics Score: 78% Audience Score: 48%, IMDb: 5.8 Don’t you love watching a charmingly irreverent movie? Not “charming yet irreverent” or “irreverent yet charming,” but “charmingly irreverent.” The Little Hours fits into this very niche description, creating a rather endearing impression despite (or rather because of) the lewdness, crassness, and coarseness running through it. We’re […]

Midsommar Review: An eye-opening take on breaking free

Florence Pugh in Midsommar

Tomatometer: 83%, Audience Score: 63%, IMDb: 7.2 There’s a roiling, sickening feeling left in your stomach once the end credits roll in Midsommar. While the thematic elements of the film might not be articulated with sufficient clarity and precision, the movie uses a multi-pronged approach to create a wholesomely unsettling experience. Director Ari Aster called […]

Little Monsters (2019) Review: An unevenly funny zombie flick

little monsters 2019 review

Critics Score: 81%, Audience Score: 100% (but only 9 ratings), IMDb: 6.3 It’s extremely strange watching a film with kids that isn’t made for kids. It’s strange because Little Monsters tries to toe the line between being an edgy zombie flick and a feel-good romantic comedy, loaded with an entire ensemble of kindergarten children. At […]

Jon Hamm in Bad Times at the El Royale: the most crucial supporting character

Jon Hamm in Bad Times at the El Royale

Star Wars without Obi-Wan. The Matrix without Morpheus. Supporting characters are the true unsung heroes of most films throughout the decades, driving the plot forward while facilitating the character development of the leads. There are some movies, however, where the significance of a role might go unnoticed, especially when it comes to films with large […]

Lori Singer in Footloose: More important than Ren McCormack (Spoiler Alert)

Lori Singer in Footloose as Ariel Moore

Tomatometer: 51% Audience Score: 71% IMDb: 6.6 Despite mixed reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Footloose remains endeared in the hearts of many moviegoers. While most would gravitate toward the performance of Kevin Bacon’s Ren McCormack, I find Lori Singer’s Ariel Moore to be the most exciting character around. A pastor’s daughter on the surface but a […]

Dark Phoenix Review (2019): Wax Nostalgic and Say Goodbye

Sophie Turner as Dark Phoenix

It was alright. This is perhaps the most underwhelming opinion anyone can have about a movie, but that’s exactly my take on Dark Phoenix. Having this opinion is quite tragic since the X-Men were my introduction to superheroes, from the first film all the way back in 2000 to the sensational 90s animated series. The […]

Ocean’s 8: Living in the Shadow of Ocean’s 11

ocean's 8 cast with sandra bullock and cate blanchett

Ocean’s 8 is an abundantly entertaining heist movie, drawing on the unique personalities of each actress and celebrity to fit into a group of oddballs qualified in their own way to accomplish the theft of a $150mn necklace. A spinoff by nature is derived from an original source material, which in this case is Steven […]