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|50 25%||The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) - Mar 22, 2019
"It was okay. Like, about as good as an average episode of the show. But that also means it’s not good enough for a movie - you need something better to justify that, I think. The first movie was much better. I was glad this one didn’t involve any alien mythology stuff though. Still, the plot just wasn’t that interesting. There was some good character stuff between Mulder and Scully, at least. Weird supporting cast though. "
|65 54%||Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) - Mar 21, 2019
"Whether you agree with Michael Moore’s politics (me) or not, I think you have to agree he’s a good filmmaker. I thought this one was a little bit all over the place, but there are so many ways in which America is messed up, I guess it makes sense. Even though I knew a lot of it, or had seen a lot of the footage used, it made me angry all over again. It wasn’t as good as Bowling for Columbine (2002) or Sicko (2007), but still worth watching."
|45 17%||The Predator (2018) - Mar 20, 2019
"Man, this was a mess. I just never felt like I knew quite what was going on or where it was headed - it was just this weird hodgepodge of ideas. I’m a big fan of Shane Black, and it seemed like he’d be a good fit for something like this, but I guess he and studio didn’t see eye to eye. I did enjoy some of the action scenes - it was enjoyable gory at points. The CGI Predator was absolutely horrible looking. The characters are only stereotypes."
|60 43%||Venom (2018) - Mar 19, 2019
"Definitely not as bad as I thought it might be, but still not great. It had some major pacing issues - it seems clear it was heavily edited down from its original length. When it does finally get going, there are some enjoyable, fun scenes. Some decent action sequences, and a few okay bits of humour, too. Hardy was fine. The effects were good. I’m still not convinced these Spider-Man-less villain films really need to exist, but it could’ve been worse - it could’ve been Suicide Squad. "
|50 25%||The Nun (2018) - Mar 18, 2019
"Nuns are inherently creepy, I liked the setting and the cinematography, and there were a couple of slightly freaky scenes. Unfortunately, the plot was pretty basic and boring, and the characters were much the same. Their dialogue was really bad, too. I felt like the direction and editing could’ve been better as well; there were a few scenes where the tension was broken because of these things. Also, they totally ripped off Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)."
|65 54%||Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) - Mar 16, 2019
"This had a lot of great elements, and I quite enjoyed it up until the third act, but yeah, doesn’t quite excel as a whole. I thought Drew Goddard’s direction was excellent, and the cinematography was beautiful, and the cast was pretty cool. I just think Goddard maybe should’ve spent a little more time on the script - he just doesn’t nail it in the end."
|45 17%||The Meg (2018) - Mar 15, 2019
"This movie is dumb like Deep Blue Sea, but nowhere near as much fun or thrilling. I mean, there are a couple of fun action scenes, but they feel very safe and predictable. The film definitely could’ve used a lot more gore - there’s barely a drop of (human) blood to be found. The characters are all very stock, and the attempts at actual emotion come off pretty hollow. I didn’t hate it, but it should’ve been a lot more enjoyable than it was."
|70 67%||The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) - Mar 12, 2019
"I found this pretty damn enjoyable. I like these kind of anthology films, and I love the Coens’ sensibility, so it was a guaranteed success for me, really. I liked each of the stories to different degrees - some were funny, some were sad, some were thoughtful, and all were good. The performances were really nice, the cinematography was beautiful, and there was a nice musical element to the film. Not among the top tier Coen brothers films, but very watchable. "
|70 67%||Leaving Neverland (2019) - Mar 10, 2019
"People complain about this being one-sided, and yeah, it is, but I don't think these people really understand what a documentary is. It was long and in-depth, but it felt appropriate in order to understand and get the full scope of what happened. It was presented fairly simply, but that’s probably necessary. The footage and photos and stuff were mixed in well. It’s a difficult film to watch, no doubt, but I think it’s important too - everyone should see it."
|75 81%||Mandy (2018) - Mar 08, 2019
"This was pretty awesome. The plot itself is very simple - it’s basically just a revenge story. But the film is positively dripping with style and atmosphere, which makes for a really captivating watch. Not really a fun one though - it’s quite slow and sad and contemplative, but I enjoyed that. The direction and cinematography are spellbinding, there’s some good, gory moments, and intriguing performances all around. Definitely not for everyone, but I still recommend it."