Cam

Genre: thriller Starring: Madeline Brewer, Melora Walters, Patch Darrah Stars: 3.5 This is hard to rate and I freely admit it might be–in terms of production values, acting and plot freshness–a much higher quality film than a 3.5 suggests. But I am hamstrung by the fact I found it largely unpalatable and creepy, in a not good way, but a more left-with-a-film-of-slime-on-my-brain kinda way. Madeline … Continue reading Cam

Classic Review: The Matrix

Genre: Sci-fi, action, dystopian Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving Stars: 4.5 THIS IS NOT A STANDARD REVIEW You’ve all seen The Matrix. It came out in 1999, was a box office smash and is generally regarded as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re never gonna. Move along, this post … Continue reading Classic Review: The Matrix

How Good Was Russian Doll?

So good I almost peed my pants! Genre: drama, comedy, supernatural, mystery Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley Stars: 5 I understand not everyone might be enthralled by a show about a woman who keeps dying and waking up to relive (and redie) the same day all over again, over and over and over. But I don’t know who those people are … Continue reading How Good Was Russian Doll?

The Sinner – Season 2: Julian

Genre: Crime, Suspense Starring: Bill Pulman, Elisha Henig, Natalie Paul, Carrie Coon I loved Season 1 of The Sinner and BINGED the episodes, thinking about each one when I was away from it, like an addict, man. It was so, so good. Creepy and understated, hypnotic and frightening. All the good things. Having recently finished binging season 2, I can say it has all those … Continue reading The Sinner – Season 2: Julian

Never Let Me Go

Genre: dystopian, drama, depressing as fuck movies based on books Starring: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightly, Andrew Garfield Stars: 3  This is a hard movie to rate objectively because it’s well shot and acted, and is a tense and gripping tale. Yet…it is SOOOOOO relentlessly depressing that I did not enjoy watching it and would have been quite happy to never have discovered its existence. The … Continue reading Never Let Me Go

Arrival

Genre: Sci-fi, drama Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Stars: 4.5  This movie hooked me from the get go with a heartbreaking prologue showing the main character, Louise Banks (Adams) giving birth to a baby, raising her, and then 20 years later grieving her death from an unnamed incurable disease. OMG SOB. I don’t even know this woman yet but I’m in, I’m devastated … Continue reading Arrival

Barefoot

Genre: Romantic comedy Starring: Scott Speedman, Evan Rachel Wood, Treat Williams, JK Simons Stars: 2 What even was this movie? Evan Rachel Wood plays Daisy, an emotionally disturbed young woman who finds herself in psychiatric care after the death of her mother leaves her unable to function. Speedman plays Jay, an emotionally disturbed young man whose condition is that he’s an asshole. He is doing … Continue reading Barefoot

Equals

Genre: Sci fi, romance, drama Starring: Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, Jackie Weaver Stars: 4 Set in an imagined future, Equals tells the story of Nia (Stewart) and Silas (Hoult), two colleagues at a company called Atmos who fall in love. What’s noteworthy about that is in this future emotions are considered a type of disease called SOS (Switched On Syndrome) and any ‘coupling … Continue reading Equals