Birds of Paradise(2021) Amazon Movie Review

This is very well shot with good camera moves. The score and production design help the experience so much and are effective. The storytelling is nuanced. The direction was on point. I really enjoyed the way the information was delivered. The tone was great. Sometimes I expected it to go some ways but it surprised me. Sometimes the movie moved between genres which I thought … Continue reading Birds of Paradise(2021) Amazon Movie Review

Old(2021) Movie Review

If you knew you were to die today, what would you wish to change about the way you lived your life? This is one of the themes Shyamalan explores in this astutely-directed, mostly tense, high-concept thriller, and it does result in some genuinely intelligent, emotionally resonant character beats that I did not expect. Unfortunately, some clunky dialogue, a couple bad actors, and too many repetitive … Continue reading Old(2021) Movie Review

Kate(2021) Movie Review 

The second female John Wick rip off in just a month. Based on the trailer I had somewhat high hopes for this one, daring to believe it would deliver some classic John Woo style heroic bloodshed. Yet it’s another letdown, just like Jolt, Atomic Blonde, The Protégé and so many others. Mary Elizabeth Winstead does a fine job as the lead, but shares no chemistry … Continue reading Kate(2021) Movie Review 

The Lovely Bones Movie Review

In navigating the torrent of negativity to which this movie has been subjected, one thing to keep in mind is that it’s an adaptation of a very widely read and popular book. The book itself had a rather sunny disposition, which is ironic as it often was somewhat grislier in detail than the movie. That’s because events can be described in words in a grisly … Continue reading The Lovely Bones Movie Review

The Protégé(2021) Movie Review

Martin Campbell is a director who I respect very much; helming two of the best 007 movies ever in “GoldenEye” and “Casino Royale,” and more recently reuniting with Pierce Brosnan and bringing Jackie Chan back in action with “The Foreigner,” Campbell has proven himself as a competent director of high quality action dramas. Both James Bond movies mentioned above have not only fantastically crafted action … Continue reading The Protégé(2021) Movie Review

The Lincoln Lawyer(2011) Movie Review

I know what you’re thinking and I can agree with you that the name, Matthew McConaughey, does not instill great confidence that you’re going to get a great movie experience. Now that is not to say that McConaughey hasn’t done some great movies. For every Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past, Sahara, and Failure to Launch there are We Are Marshall and How to Lose a Guy … Continue reading The Lincoln Lawyer(2011) Movie Review

Sweet Girl(2021) Movie Review

The best way to describe Sweet Girl is that it’s a fairly standard action-thriller that’s meant as a jab at the for-profit pharmaceutical industry. Generally, it was kind of slow to start with when they were setting up the motivations for Jason Mamoa’s character. I feel like this could have been set up in half the time or less and most people would have been … Continue reading Sweet Girl(2021) Movie Review