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Film Review: Nope (2022)

In 1998, a chimpanzee roams the set of a sitcom living room… blood covers his hands and face. Bags and jackets lay abandoned among the studio’s seating, having been left behind by panicked audience members. Mostly obscured by an on-set couch lies a girl, completely motionless with only her legs and feet visible, and missingContinue reading “Film Review: Nope (2022)”

Film Review: Thor: Love & Thunder (2022)

Movies like this make me ponder my responsibilities as an amateur film critic. The vast majority of the time, it’s relatively easy to form an honest opinion that I only hope can benefit you few loyal readers, whether that is to convince you to or dissuade you from watching something at the cinema or onContinue reading “Film Review: Thor: Love & Thunder (2022)”

Series Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi – Season 1 (2022)

“The time of the Jedi is over,” proclaims a wary Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) as he stands in a rocky valley on nightfallen Tatooine. The man with whom he speaks is another Jedi; both men are among the few survivors of Order 66, the Jedi eradication command carried out some 10 years prior. In theContinue reading “Series Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi – Season 1 (2022)”

Film Review: Mad God (2021)

I struggle to find adequate words to describe this mixed-bag of a film, let alone review it… but, here we go.  The candidly titled Mad God is the over-30-year passion project for director Phil Tippett, the man whose resume includes miscellaneous animation and visual effects work for properties such as RoboCop, Jurassic Park, and StarContinue reading “Film Review: Mad God (2021)”

Series Review: Stranger Things – Season 4 (2022)

At long last! The fourth season of everyone’s favorite sci-fi/horror/coming-of-age series on Netflix has returned after a whopping three years (more in dog years and more still in Netflix-junkie years). And I’ll be the first to admit, the delays leading to that three-year gap came as something of a red flag for a series thatContinue reading “Series Review: Stranger Things – Season 4 (2022)”

Film Review: Crimes of the Future (2022)

A child plays in the sands at the edge of a beach. Above him is a beachside house… his mother stands on the porch, shouting down at him not to eat anything he finds down there. Later, the boy is seen brushing his teeth. When he leans over a bucket under the sink to spit,Continue reading “Film Review: Crimes of the Future (2022)”

Film Review: Lamb (2021)

In a fog-covered valley in the Icelandic wilderness lives a farming couple. María (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason) live a peaceful existence, carefully and quietly tending to their livelihood, their sheep. This calm repetition is abruptly broken when an unexpected guest arrives; one of the sheep gives birth to an infant that hasContinue reading “Film Review: Lamb (2021)”

Film Review: The Black Phone (2021)

The year is 1978, and for young Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), life in his small Denver suburb is anything but ideal. He is bullied in school, his father (Jeremy Davies) has abusive and alcoholic tendencies, and, to cap it all off, kids have been disappearing around his neighborhood, supposedly because of a child abductor nicknamedContinue reading “Film Review: The Black Phone (2021)”

Film Review: Jurassic Park (1993)

After nearly 30 years of watching the Jurassic Park/World franchise grow in quantity but wither in quality, it’s difficult to view as anything other than entirely superfluous. That’s not to say the sequels haven’t had their moments — 2015’s Jurassic World was a fun (albeit cash-grab-driven) start to the sequel trilogy — but it comesContinue reading “Film Review: Jurassic Park (1993)”

Film Review: Petite Maman (2021)

Eight year old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) has just said “goodbye” to her grandmother. In the wake of the loss, she is taken by her mother (Nina Meurisse) and father (Stéphane Varupenne) to her grandmother’s old house; the trio plans only to stay for a few days so they can clear things out and ultimately sayContinue reading “Film Review: Petite Maman (2021)”