Saint Maud: God’s Plan?

Maud just needed a hug…and a lot of therapy. REPPED: Morfydd Clark’s performance as Maud is equal parts chilling as it is tragic. The character is a powerful allegory for religious zealotry and the dark paths it can lead you to. It’s uncomfortable watching Maud interact with other people because of how awkward and unawareContinue reading “Saint Maud: God’s Plan?”

The Prestige: No Happy Endings Here

My girlfriend thought that Drunk Jackman was a different actor. REPPED: A bit of hyperbole here, but Borden is undoubtedly Bale’s best performance. Bale’s reputation as a method actor is well-documented and while he’s never been a bad actor, the method acting usually seems to overshadow the actual performances he gives. With The Prestige, however,Continue reading “The Prestige: No Happy Endings Here”

Army of the Dead: The Ugliest Looking Snyder Movie

ENCARNACIOOOONNNN!!!!!! REPPED: If Dwayne Johnson is Rocky Balboa at the start of Rocky III, then Dave Bautista is Mr. T working his way to the title. Bautista is the thinking man’s meathead and while Army of the Dead might not be the best use of his talents, Bautista still manages to carry this film onContinue reading “Army of the Dead: The Ugliest Looking Snyder Movie”

300: On Second Thought Thursday

Dear 300, thank you for giving us Spartacus and Gerard Butler but please, take back CrossFit. AT FIRST, I WAS LIKE: 300 is a visual treat! Zack Snyder’s biggest strength is making his heroes larger than life and it’s never been more prevalent than in 300. “We Spartans are descended from Hercules himself,” says Dilios.Continue reading “300: On Second Thought Thursday”

Those Who Wish Me Dead: Not As Sizzlin’ As It Looks

You know you’re watching a Taylor Sheridan film when Jon Bernthal appears onscreen. REPPED: You wanna know who gives the best performance in the film? It’s not Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, or Jon Bernthal. It’s Medina Senghore as Jon Bernthal’s wife, Allison Sawyer. Who would’ve thought the pregnant housewife would be a more interesting protagonistContinue reading “Those Who Wish Me Dead: Not As Sizzlin’ As It Looks”

Batman Begins: The Best BATMAN Movie

Patrick Bateman? More like Patrick BATMAN! Am I right, fellas?!? REPPED: You can add Christian Bale to the Mount Rushmore of superhero performances because he brings legitimacy and nuance to Batman in a way that hadn’t been fully realized until Batman Begins! Bale has such a reverence for this character and it shows in everyContinue reading “Batman Begins: The Best BATMAN Movie”

Baby Driver: On Second Thought Thursday

AT FIRST, I WAS LIKE: For all of the technical mastery that Edgar Wright displays here, Baby Driver slightly lacks in character. The romance between Ansel Elgort and Lily James isn’t given enough time to develop which makes their relationship seem too sudden. Baby Driver has a lot of great action and the soundtrack isContinue reading “Baby Driver: On Second Thought Thursday”

Insomnia: Pacino Just Wants Some Sleep

It’s a Nolan movie but it’s also not really a Nolan movie REPPED: Nolan yet again draws a solid performance from his actors and this time it’s from Al Pacino as Will Dormer! Detective Will Dormer has some good things going for him: he’s smart, attentive, organized and charming but as the film progresses youContinue reading “Insomnia: Pacino Just Wants Some Sleep”

Memento: It’s Rewind Time

“Which would be worse: to live as a monster or to die as a good man?” REPPED: Guy Pearce’s performance is a top-five Nolan performance for sure. He’s able to balance the various personality traits of Leonard while also delivering a performance that’s very emotional and sympathetic. As a revenge flick, Leonard has all theContinue reading “Memento: It’s Rewind Time”

Mortal Kombat: On Second Thought Thursday

Hot take but Mortal Kombat was better than Mortal Kombat AT FIRST, I WAS LIKE: Wow, what a fun time! I remember watching this late at night after a long day at work and it totally worked for me. None of the characters were particularly interesting, but there was something so charming despite that. TheContinue reading “Mortal Kombat: On Second Thought Thursday”