The Shape of Water

Visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a strange, bold hybrid of Creature from the Black Lagoon, Beauty and the Beast, E.T., Free Willy, and La La Land that, despite its eclectic grab bag of influences, pulls off the impressive feat of not being a total mess. The movie centers around Elisa […]

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    ***Warning, there will be spoilers in this review*** Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is a movie I have surprisingly complicated feelings towards. On the one hand, it’s a pretty good film. It’s got a few issues here and there, but it’s competently made, solidly entertaining, and even moving at times. On […]

Blade Runner 2049

The original Blade Runner (at least some version of it anyway) is considered by many to be an untouchable classic of cinematic science fiction. As such, any follow up to it always felt like it would be an inherently wrong-headed idea. Not only would it seemingly be wholly unnecessary from a narrative standpoint, but it would be […]

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is an awesomely terrible film.  Awesome in the sense that this is, in all honesty, the most visually dazzling science fiction movie since 2009’s Avatar; terrible in the sense that it has a shockingly unfocused, poorly written, tonally ajar story that drags the whole enterprise down. Not […]

War for the Planet of the Apes

For all the complaining I do about the excess of remakes, reboots, and general attempts to extend a franchise in anyway possible that currently exist in the Hollywood system and how often they fall short compared to what came before, it is worth mentioning that it is, in fact, possible to revisit old material in […]

The Mummy

The Mummy is the first entry in what Universal is calling The Dark Universe, its unique attempt to join in on the cinematic universe trend by resurrecting its classic movie monsters from the 1930s-1950s and tying them together with an overarching narrative. Alas, it’s also a pretty bad film, a hodgepodge of half-baked narrative ideas, […]

Alien: Covenant

Regardless of whether it is a good or bad film, Alien: Covenant is certainly a strange one. Following from 2012’s Prometheus (itself a space oddity), it continues in telling a very long, convoluted, bizarre, and, in the end, fairly unnecessary backstory for the Alien universe, explaining where the notorious xenomorph creatures came from and, I guess ultimately, why a […]