Category: Suspense/Thriller

“Insomnia”

7.6

Almost all the way through the Christopher Nolan cinematic universe. Pretty fitting this is coming out late at night, given the title.

No one does manic like Al Pacino. Walking that fine line between genius and insanity. And an absolute masterclass performance by Robin Williams… as a villain! He plays it straight, and it works. No goofball in this character, only sinister intent. Nolan really has a knack for casting to subvert expectations of us moviegoers. Keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. My money is still on us finding out that all Christopher Nolan movies are connected in the end. We’ll have a “saw”-type flashback montage showing how they all connect. Book it.

This film, similar to “Memento,” is an integral stepping stone in a legendary director’s journey honing his craft. The storytelling, casting, and cinematography being further refined as the resume grows over time.

“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.

“You Should Have Left”

7.7

Yes, they should have. But they didn’t, so here we are.

A biblical psychological thriller about sin catching up with you, purgatory, hell. 6 circles of Hell with Kevin Bacon. He’s definitely not dancing footloose in this one. A great performance by him as the lead, a widower with a dark secret dating a woman young enough to be his daughter. A fact that he somehow glosses over, and gets angry about way too often. Like, dude, it’s pretty obvious there’s a huge age gap here.

Anyhow, back to the murder house. Hopefully you’re caught up on your geometry and have a solid grasp on reality, because this film is going to mess with your mind with camera tricks, sets that don’t match up, and illusions that will result in a 45 minute “what the hell is going on here?!?” head tilt. Be careful of renting that house on AirBnB that seems like too good of a deal.