Puss in Boots, the lovable musketeer-coded feline scoundrel who appeared for the first time in Shrek 2 is one of my favorite animated characters of all time. When he got his own film in 2011 I went to see it with my family and I enjoyed the heck out of it. I’m happy to say its sequel, The Last Wish, is even better.
There are fun animated movies and then there are animated movies that take you for a ride. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is a simple tale laced with stunning animation and a slew of great fairy tale characters that makes this animated film one of the best in recent memory.
But more importantly, it has a terrifying villain. I’m talking genuinely scary. I won’t go into much detail because that would involve the film’s plot but it’s really nice to see an animated villain that strikes fear into my heart again.
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Three years ago Knives Out hit theaters around Thanksgiving and it was an instant hit. Daniel Craig starred as a brilliant detective with a distinctly Southern twang, Benoit Blanc, in a murder mystery that was well-written and delivered plenty of twists and turns along the way. When it was announced that there would be a sequel, I was excited but understandably skeptical. Could Rian Johnson do it again?
Could he make another delightfully witty, genuinely shocking whodunnit with a cast of characters we’d never forget? Spoiler alert, he did. In fact, Glass Onion, in my opinion, is better than the original.
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There are great movies that stick with you forever and then there are excellent movies that you watch, forget, and one day remember as a film you really enjoyed. Causeway is the latter.
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James Cameron has done the seemingly impossible yet again. To this day, nobody does visual effects like Cameron. For three hours straight you’re sitting in a theater staring at the screen gobsmacked by how incredible every single shot is. The water, the creatures, the sweeping and dynamic shots, the action scenes, the
While the film garners an undebatable five stars for visual effects the actual story leaves a lot to be desired.
Its predecessor, Avatar, is a film that came out thirteen years ago and isn’t exactly the most memorable movie ever made. There aren’t any quotes that really stand out and the story is surprisingly forgettable. Because Cameron realizes this, Avatar: The Way of Water is an invisible soft reboot of the first film, introducing new characters who follow jarringly similar story beats to the first movie.
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As I write this I’m roughly two and a half hours away from seeing Avatar: The Way of Water and I am excited.
In August I went to see the re-release of Avatar in IMAX and it was an experience I’ll never forget. Despite having seen the film three times the movie popped on the big screen in a way I wasn’t expecting. The third act is what really got me, its action scenes and triumphant moments filling my body with a sort of euphoric joy/wonder that I’ve never experienced with any other film.
Now I’m about to see the sequel 13 years in the making and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. Will this sequel truly live up to the hype? We’ll see! I can’t wait to share my thoughts after the movie.
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I love a good movie with a storyline I’ve never managed to see before and The Banshees of Inisherin is precisely that type of film. I won’t go into detail about what the movie is about because there’s something so delightful about not knowing the movie’s plot and watching it unfold.
Beginning as a comedy that grasps you within the first ten minutes, the story gradually builds to a fascinating crescendo that concludes in a delightfully ambiguous fashion. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan, and the rest of the cast managed to completely enthrall me for a little less than two hours.
The film is being lauded by critics and has been nominated for all of the major awards so far and for a good reason. Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) understands how to direct a riveting story and he does so again with this brilliant movie.
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