|75 63%||Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) - Nov 18, 2019
"This movie has a lot going for it in terms of action and visuals, but there was a serious misstep in the characterization of Anakin. I think Hayden Christensen simply had the idea of "I AM VADER" in the back of his head, and this makes him creepy at times, rather than making him someone open and curious about the world, someone who can be led to question their faith and potentially be manipulated. It makes the love story feel predatory and offputting, and ultimately hurts the turn in episode 3."
|91 89%||Bumblebee (2018) - Nov 16, 2019
"I'm not one of those people who hated the Michael Bay Transformers movies. I think 1, 3, and 5 are fantastic movies. However, Bumblebee does something different with this movie that feels fresh and interesting. Hailee Steinfeld is also fantastic in this movie. The movie works well as either a prequel to the first Transformers movie, or as a reboot. Reboot seems more likely, and if so, I wouldn't mind seeing another sequel with Steinfeld in the lead. "
|75 63%||Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) - Nov 15, 2019
"I don't think this is quite as bad as I remember it. There are good qualities in there. Darth Maul, building up the Sidious plot, developing Padme's character, Qui-gon's somewhat rebellious tendencies, building up Anakin to be curious about the world (which combined with Qui-gon's legacy could be used well to get him to question his faith in the future). Of course, Jar Jar is bad, the CGI is bad (although animation is better than it should be), Anakin's "yippee" is embarrassing, etc. "
|86 83%||Yesterday (2019) - Nov 15, 2019|
|29 1%||Playing with Fire (2019) - Nov 13, 2019
"I don't think John Cena succeeds where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne Johnson have before, in the "tough guy family film" type role. The humor often feels forced and not natural, and there are only a few moments in the movie that I actually laughed at, and even then, they were more like light chuckles than laughs. The kids at least did a decent job, in particular Brianna Hildebrand who I did not recognize from her Deadpool role, because she looked so different here."
|99 98%||Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - Nov 12, 2019
"This movie is fantastic. I think my score has increased each time I've watched it. While I really enjoy Guardians 2, I think this one has a special perfect balance that movie doesn't have. Also, the 3D is really solid, so I don't know what TheRealJ-Ro is going on about. "
|69 46%||Tolkien (2019) - Nov 11, 2019|
|76 66%||Anna (2019) - Nov 11, 2019
"There are a couple of John Wick-esque action scenes, but mostly this movie is a dramatic spy thriller, and I think they do a pretty good job with it. The twists do feel well thought out, and Anna is a character I think many will relate to. Some may discount Sasha Luss's performance as too monotonic, but I personally think there's a good deal of subtlety in her performance that really drew me in. I enjoyed this more than Atomic Blonde."
|97 96%||Frozen (2013) - Nov 10, 2019
"My score has gone up each time I've rewatched this. I think the first time watching, some of the music is strange and throws you off, but on subsequent rewatches, you realize the genius of the writing, and appreciate everything about the movie much more. Also, the 3D is absolutely incredible with this movie."
|75 63%||Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) - Nov 10, 2019
"It feels like a rehash of Terminator 1, but with more action and CGI. On one hand, that means it's an entertaining movie, but on the other hand, it feels like a wasted opportunity story wise. I actually feel like Terminator 3 is the better sequel to T2 than this is, despite Cameron's involvement here, because it felt more like a proper continuation of the story. The Sarah Connor Chronicles is also better than this. "