Category: Blockbuster

“Love and Monsters”

8.5

WAY better than this film had any right to be. A strong message of living your life with a sense of bravery anchored in purpose. Beautiful special effects, world building, and storytelling. A cast with a natural chemistry, perfectly assigned to their roles. All set to a rocking soundtrack with a masterful mix in of classics. Like I said, on paper this makes no sense, but it works beautifully and had me terrified, cheering, tearful, and ultimately satisfied. Glad to still have gems like this one out of the woodwork in the hot mess that is watching movies in 2020.

“TENET”

8.9

Just when you thought your brain had recovered from “Inception”… here comes another Christopher Nolan masterpiece to sufficiently bend your mind back into a pretzel. A cinematic masterpiece, that is best enjoyed on the biggest IMAX screen you can find.

John David Washington cements himself as a quintessential leading man, action hero, and all around generational talent. Robert Pattinson’s performance will leave you fired up for his take on the dark knight. Their camaraderie is infectious. Their charm infectious.

I myself spent a majority of the second viewing with my jaw on the floor. There is so much detail in every frame of this film, it was truly breathtaking. The stunts are awe-inspiring, and I can’t wait for the special features explaining how they achieved some of them.

Forwards and backwards, this film is AMAZING. But make sure you have time to focus, time to emotionally prepare and recover, and an empty bladder. The 2.5 hour runtime didn’t feel it’s true length, but was well worth every second. WOW.

“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”

8.9

Classic Spielberg.

The dynamics between the siblings, newly children of divorce. The soaring John Williams score. The perspective of the camera angles between filming the adults and filming the kids, much like JAWS, provides a subtext that really adds to the realism of the storytelling. The masterfully subtle, yet impactful touch of one of the all time great directors. Only Spielberg could make a creature like E.T. lovable.

“Da 5 Bloods”

8.7

Spike Lee, one of the great directors of our time, at the height of his powers. A tale of friendship, service, pain, family, the often complicated nature of humanity. All wrapped in a history lesson. You can always count on walking away from a Spike Lee film with a lesson and some things to think about. The film is also gorgeous both in setting and how it is shot. A mix of “Last Vegas” and “Apocalypse Now.” A lot of film to take in, but well worth the runtime.

“Twister”

8.3

The original, the legend! (Well, after the disaster films of the 70’s became a parody of themselves and took a siesta for a little over a decade.)

Nothing like the backdrop of mass destruction for a good old fashioned love story. *cough* Titanic *cough* These tornadoes have a vendetta for Jo’s family that would make the shark from JAWS blush.

A classic 90’s action blockbuster that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration. A beautiful display of the power of nature, and the effect it has on the people who directly experience it. Inspiring a generation of disaster films to follow.