2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) I was a big fan of the original Venom. A mostly light, playful sci-fi action film with the occasional mildly disturbing image, it proved you could make a film about a Spider-Man villain without Spider-Man ever making an appearance. The best aspect of it was funnily antagonistic back-and-forth between… Continue Reading
After College Years: 2017-Present
Reviews posted here were written after I graduated from college in 2017. They are the most analytical of my reviews, but still have my sprinkles of humor. I feel that I have finally hit my stride here, but, as any good writer, am always looking for ways to improve. Enjoy!
4 out of 5 stars (One of the best of its year) Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is everything I come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for. It’s a smaller-scale story driven just as much by character emotions as it is awe-inspiring action that never lets its fantasy elements drown out the… Continue Reading
3 out of 5 stars (average) As much flack as it gets from mainstream critics, I’ve often found the romance genre to be a comforting one. Most of the time, you know two people will meet, sparks will fly, and they’ll end up together before the credits roll. What’s unique about Getting It is how… Continue Reading
2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) This review originally appeared on the The Illuminerdi June 23, 2021. This World Alone is one of those frustrating movies where clearly talented actors and a solid director are let down by a poor script. Newcomers Belle Adams and Lau’rie Roach show… Continue Reading
3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) Still Life in Lodz is the most emotionally taxing film I’ve seen in 2021, but I’m happy I saw it. While the horrors of World War II have been thoroughly documented, Still Life in Lodz shows us how its titular city was impacted, as told by 3 people… Continue Reading
4 Dalmatian Coats Out of 5 (one of the best of the year) This review originally appeared on The Illuminerdi on May 26, 2021. Check it out here. I was skeptical when Disney announced a prequel film following Cruella De Vil. Could they maintain the fun darkness surrounding this character, let alone find someone who… Continue Reading