https://youtu.be/wzuJ9tv1eM0 6/10 The weakest and final entry in writer/director Paul Schrader’s unofficial, unconnected “Lonely Man Trilogy”, “Master Gardener” certainly has its strengths just as 2018’s “First Reformed” (6/10) and 2021’s “The Card Counter” (6.5/10) did, but feels half baked in several, key aspects. In “First Reformed” Ethan Hawke’s Rev. Ernst Toller character wrote in a … Continue reading #53 Film in 2023: Master Gardener
#52 Film in 2023: What’s Love Got to Do with It?
https://youtu.be/0LqOp2MNwao 6/10 Not to be confused with the inevitable Tina Turner biopic, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” is instead an entertaining but completely predictable romantic comedy that we have seen a thousand times before but with some cultural enrichment to spice things up. Before I get deeper into the problems with the movie … Continue reading #52 Film in 2023: What’s Love Got to Do with It?
#51 Film in 2023: Fool’s Paradise
https://youtu.be/ajioU4MCYks 1.5/10 This one really hurts. The directorial debut of Charlie Day, who is quite hilarious, especially in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Horrible Bosses” and featuring and all star cast, “Fool’s Paradise” falls completely flat. In what is largely a modern day remake of 1979’s “Being There” but by way of satirizing modern … Continue reading #51 Film in 2023: Fool’s Paradise
#50 Film in 2023: Knights of the Zodiac
https://youtu.be/Sko0o_KoBHY 2.5/10 Based on the Japanese manga series “Saint Seiya” AKA “Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac”, this movie adaptation comes off as cheesy, cartoonish and like it should have stayed in the manga/anime format. It wasn’t until after I saw the movie that I realized there are two seasons on Netflix of the anime, … Continue reading #50 Film in 2023: Knights of the Zodiac
#49 Film in 2023: BlackBerry
https://youtu.be/cXL_HDzBQsM 8.5/10 I pointed out in my “Air” review how between “Air”, “Tetris” (review coming soon) and now “BlackBerry”, there has been a trend of films coming out about either the creation of or important periods of a business and the people at the top of those businesses. While I have yet to watch “Tetris” … Continue reading #49 Film in 2023: BlackBerry
#48 Film in 2023: Evil Dead Rise
https://youtu.be/BqQNO7BzN08 8.5/10 As I stated in my recent review for the first season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, I have been a fan of the “Evil Dead” franchise ever since I first watched the original trilogy (with “Evil Dead II” being the one low point in the franchise). I even rocked a framed poster of … Continue reading #48 Film in 2023: Evil Dead Rise
#47 Film in 2023: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
https://youtu.be/IiMinixSXII 1.5/10 If you thought that “D&D” stood for “Dungeons & Dragons”, you’d surprisingly be wrong. No, in this latest failed adaptation of the popular tabletop role-playing fantasy game, “D&D” stands for “Dumb & Dumber”, which not only describes co-directors and 2/3 of the screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein but also every critic … Continue reading #47 Film in 2023: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
#46 Film in 2023: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
https://youtu.be/LzRzojHC3iE 6.5/10 Based upon Judy Blume’s 1970 novel of the same name, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” tells the story of 11-year-old Margaret as she navigates the awkward stage in life that comes with puberty, as well as religious turmoil at home. As a former Marine in his mid 30s, a film like … Continue reading #46 Film in 2023: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
#45 Film in 2023: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
https://youtu.be/u3V5KDHRQvk 6/10 Minus “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, Marvel’s Phase Four was almost a complete failure and a huge dip in quality post “Avengers: Endgame”. Phase Five continued that trend and got off to a horrible start with the most recent and worst “Ant-Man” movie to date. So while “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is … Continue reading #45 Film in 2023: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
#44 Film in 2023: Beau is Afraid
https://youtu.be/PuiWDn976Ek 7/10 While a film like “Beau is Afraid” was always destined to completely fail at the box office due to how weird/existential it is and its three hour running time, I am glad A24 took a chance on writer/director Ari Aster’s third film, despite the millions they will lose on it. A24 should still … Continue reading #44 Film in 2023: Beau is Afraid