Clockwork Film Review

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Originating under the Instagram handle in late 2021, Clockwork Film Review is an outlet for all my cinema-related content. Below are all my written reviews, but feel free to follow my Instagram for even more ‘movie things’ using the button right there. Right next to it is another button that will take you directly to my Letterboxd account, where you can view all my movie ratings.

Film Review: Prey (2022)

The Predator franchise has had a pretty rough go when it comes to sequels. That’s not to say they’re all devoid of value — Predators (2010) especially is still a pretty good action flick — but not a single one has even come close to the bombastic magic of the original Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. TheContinue reading “Film Review: Prey (2022)”

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: 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: 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)”

Series Review: Love, Death & Robots – Season 3 (2022)

Say what you want about Netflix’s consistency with their original content, but when they hit the nail on the head, they can REALLY hit it. For its past two seasons, the animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots has found a comfortable niche within Netflix’s overabundance of content. Frankly, along with their fantastic League ofContinue reading “Series Review: Love, Death & Robots – Season 3 (2022)”

Film Review: X (2022)

We open to the view of an old farmhouse below overcast skies… the aspect ratio of the shot set at a thin box of 5:4. In the distance, we see a police cruiser slowly approaching the farm. As it does, the camera slowly creeps forward, widening the aspect ratio as we realize the black barsContinue reading “Film Review: X (2022)”

Film Review: Men (2022)

In the wake of a deeply personal tragedy, Harper (Jessie Buckley) heads to a “dream house” in the English countryside. The village in which it resides is a quaint and tight-knit community; Harper’s landlord Geoffrey (Rory Kinnear) refers to it as the kind of place where you can leave your door unlocked. Harper puts forthContinue reading “Film Review: Men (2022)”

Film Review: Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

In a modern cinematic landscape bombarded by sequels, re-quels, remakes, reboots, and rip-offs, there isn’t as much space for artistic freedom in the medium as one would hope. The newest film from directing duo ‘Daniels’ (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), Everything Everywhere All At Once, certainly wears its influences on its sleeve; The Matrix, especially,Continue reading “Film Review: Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)”

Series Review: Moon Knight – Season 1 (2022)

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues its expansion further into the cosmos and the all-encompasing multiverse, new films and series have very seldom felt like their own entities. With the interconnectivity of these projects as complex as it is, each release has usually included dozens of items listed on their ‘required watching’ lists. It’s refreshing,Continue reading “Series Review: Moon Knight – Season 1 (2022)”

Film Review: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Picking up a few months after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, ex-Sorcerer Supreme Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) attends the wedding of his ex-fiancé, Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams). During the reception, Strange and Palmer chat, and agree that a relationship between them never could have worked out because of Strange’s prolific involvement in theContinue reading “Film Review: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)”

Film Review: Alien (1979)

The commercial spaceship Nostromo is returning to Earth, but onboard is completely still and silent. The camera glides slowly through the empty rooms and passageways of the ship, which, despite their advanced and futuristic look, also look worn and used; this is a very lived-in space. The sound of Jerry Goldsmith’s original score can beContinue reading “Film Review: Alien (1979)”

Film Review: Fresh (2022)

With her dating life becoming steadily less agreeable, Noa (Daisy Edgar Jones) all but renounces her aspirations for a half-decent relationship. That is until, of course, until she meets a charming lad while shopping at the supermarket. Steve (Sebastian Stan) jokingly flirts about food before giving her his number, and the two agree to goContinue reading “Film Review: Fresh (2022)”

Is Dune a White Savior Story? An Analysis of the 2021 Film

MAJOR SPOILERS lie ahead for the books Dune (1965) and Dune: Messiah (1969), in addition to the film adaptations from David Lynch (1984) and Denis Villeneuve (2021). Since its release in October 2021, Dune has garnered plenty of attention from film critics, cinephiles, and casual moviegoers alike. The film is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’sContinue reading “Is Dune a White Savior Story? An Analysis of the 2021 Film”

Film Review: Drive (2011)

A man waits silently at the wheel of a silver Impala late at night, the sound of local police dispatch playing faintly over a small, hand-held radio. The light from the dashboard illuminates his expressionless demeanor, and we understand that he is, if nothing else, a complete professional.  The intruder-alarm of a nearby building beginsContinue reading “Film Review: Drive (2011)”

Film Review: Scream (2022)

Sharing an exact title with the 1996 slasher classic, 2022’s Scream is the fifth film in the long-running franchise. Scream (5) sees the directorial duties handed over to Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and is, as such, the first Scream film not to be directed by Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015. The directingContinue reading “Film Review: Scream (2022)”

Film Review: CODA (2021)

Living with her deaf parents and older brother, Rubi Rossi, played by Emilia Jones, is the only hearing member of her family. In her last year of high-school, Ruby works part-time on her family’s fishing boat, with plans to start working full-time after graduation. But after joining the school choir on a whim, Ruby discoversContinue reading “Film Review: CODA (2021)”

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: 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)”

Film Review: Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Right from the engrossing opening scene, Inglourious Basterds lets you know it means business. The masterfully done directing and acting paves the way for an absolute nail-biter of a 20-minute intro scene. It doesn’t end there, however.  Throughout the movie, there are several very intense scenes, including the restaurant and basement-pub sections, which keep theContinue reading “Film Review: Inglourious Basterds (2009)”

Film Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Despite a large portion of critics calling it one the best MCU movies to date, Shang-Chi unfortunately delivers a very cliché and predictable plot, even for a super-hero film. That being said, the negatives of the film are substantially made up for by some really distinct positive points. The characters are well-cast, and the relationshipContinue reading “Film Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)”

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