Cuckoo Berlinale Review – Irritating, Unwieldy, Fun

How do you even begin to talk about a movie as weird, messy, but ultimately fun as Cuckoo? It’s a modern giallo from Germany, brought to us by NEON, about a secluded resort in the mountains, strange noises that put you in temporary time loops, and screeching women with red, glowing eyes that try to … Read more

Meanwhile on Earth Berlinale Review – Just Like Space It’s A Whole Lot Of Nothing

I was absolutely enamored with writer/director Jérémy Clapin’s feature debut, I Lost My Body (2019), when I finally watched it for the first time the other day. An animated movie that used the intimate speficity of every carefully crafted frame and brushstroke within to tell a story that celebrated the smallest of sensations that make … Read more

A Different Man Berlinale Review: You Can’t Run From Who You Are

The tale of the disfigured individual, demonized by its society and pitied by the audience, is one that’s been retold many times in cinema. From The Elephant Man (1980) to Wonder (2017) to the here frequently referenced Beauty and the Beast (1991), it’s understood that these people are simply victims of their genetic code—or whatever … Read more

Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom Review – A Modern B-Movie Blockbuster

The DCEU has now officially ended in December 2023. But before we say our goodbyes to a cinematic universe filled with ups and downs (and maybe a few more downs than ups, if we’re being honest), there’s still one final movie to watch. Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is the second of what was once … Read more

Meg 2: The Trench Review – A Fun Popcorn Flick?

There’s this term that gets thrown around a lot to describe a certain kind of movie. The kind that, especially now in the summer blockbuster season, you find a lot of. Movies that you just turn your brain off for and have fun, the popcorn flick. I don’t have an inherent problem with the term. … Read more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Review – Teenage Turtles Indeed

Seth Rogen’s recent track record with comic book adaptations speaks for itself. The Boys (2019-) is one of the best comic book media out there right now, and  while I didn’t love Invincible (2021-), it has more good things going for it than bad. However, both of those feature decidedly adult content, whereas Teenage Mutant … Read more

Disney’s Haunted Mansion Review – A Surprisingly Welcome Revival

Let me start off by saying that I have no attachment to Disney’s Haunted Mansion franchise whatsoever. I have not seen the original movie, I have not seen the Muppets special, and I have not been on the Disneyland ride. In fact, the closest I ever got to caring about the IP was when I … Read more

Berlinale 2023: Wrap-Up And Movie Ranking

This past week the 73rd Berlin Film Festival took place in, you guessed it, Berlin. And since that is where I happen to live, I’ve had the pleasure of attending the festival. While I didn’t get to watch even close to every movie at the festival, I still managed to watch a solid 12 movies. … Read more