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My Top Ten Films of 2021

2021 wasn’t a fantastic year for film. Yeah… it’s true… but there is a silver lining to that blunt, black cloud. Being so many of the films I was excited for ended up being disappointing, it prompted me to explore plenty of smaller films I otherwise may have ignored completely. Some of these films areContinue reading “My Top Ten Films of 2021”

Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

After the finality brought onto the Matrix franchise by 2003’s Matrix Revolutions, a fourth film certainly came with some intriguing implications for a universe that has remained a closed story for nearly 20 years now. The state of cinema in modern times is one of sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots, and so despite the MatrixContinue reading “Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections (2021)”

Film Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Having his identity revealed by Mysterio, Peter Parker/Spider-Man seeks the help of Doctor Strange in an attempt to revert his life back to what it was before. The outcome is not exactly ideal. New dangers and problems knowingly caused by Peter himself threaten those close to him, and forces our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to discoverContinue reading “Film Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)”

Film Review: Dune (1984)

Full disclosure: this isn’t a great movie.  This isn’t even a GOOD movie if I’m being honest; it ignores the core point of the books, the pacing is crap, a lot of important characters (Duncan Idaho, Liet-Kynes, Chani, Lady Jessica, Stilgar,  etc.) are underdeveloped and treated like plot-conveniences, the majority of the visuals have agedContinue reading “Film Review: Dune (1984)”

Series Review: Arcane – Season 1 (2021)

Since Arcane serves as something of a prequel to it, it’s worth noting that I’ve never played League of Legends and had zero knowledge of the lore behind its world before starting this show. Not only does that lack of familiarity not hinder my viewing experience in the slightest, but I would go so farContinue reading “Series Review: Arcane – Season 1 (2021)”

Film Review: Encounter (2021)

Encounter is a very mixed bag; there are a lot of things I loved, but also some key problems that bog it down significantly.  Let’s talk about the good first. I was surprised from the start by how well some of the technical aspects were handled. This is only the second film from director MichaelContinue reading “Film Review: Encounter (2021)”

Film Review: Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021)

Tick, Tick… Boom! is the directorial debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda, acclaimed creator of the Broadway hits In the Heights and Hamilton. It tells the story of musical composer Jonathan Larson, and is based on Larson’s own autobiographical musical, also called Tick, Tick… Boom! In other words, this is a musical film, directed by a musicalContinue reading “Film Review: Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021)”

Film Review: Spencer (2021)

Going into Spencer, I knew essentially the bare minimum about it to inspire some intrigue; in other words, I knew it was a Diana movie that had been praised at multiple film festivals. Biographical films like this can often venture too far into soap-opera territory, but I had high hopes for it to be anContinue reading “Film Review: Spencer (2021)”

Film Review: Eternals (2021)

Eternals has opened to… mixed reviews, to say the least. The unfortunate thing regarding this film’s polarizing nature is that you can see exactly what people like and dislike about it; I haven’t had such mixed feelings about a blockbuster like this since The Last Jedi in 2017. First off, the cinematography and visuals areContinue reading “Film Review: Eternals (2021)”