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Film/TV rating scale:
1 - Beyond awful
2 - Awful
3 - Bad
4 - Below Average
5-/5/5+ - Average, not good, not bad
6-/6/6+ - Good, above average but not great
7-/7/7+ - Very good, something that I really enjoyed
8-/8/8+ - Amazing
9-/9/9+ - Rare experiences
10 - Masterpiece - The Cream of the Crop
Anime/Straight to DVD Animated Films scale:
1 - Unwatchable garbage
2 - Borderline watchable
3 - Awful
4 - Bad
5-/5/5+ - Not good, but watchable and sometimes boring
6-/6/6+ - Mediocre
7-/7/7+ - Good, something that I liked but wasn't too impressed
8-/8/8+ - Pretty good, something that was enjoyable to watch
9-/9/9+ - Amazing, something that was a joy to watch
10 - Fantastic
I use a softer scale for Anime and straight to video films because they're not made with the same quality as film and TV releases. They're cheaper, rushed, and not made with the same production and voice acting quality. Which means that a 10/10 in film isn't the same as a 10/10 in anime.
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- List and Ratings of all Warner Brothers films (in the 2000s)
- Order: Date of release
- Rules: 20000+ Votes
Average Metascore: 52.13 Average User Rating: 6.47
1 - Unwatchable garbage 2 - Borderline watchable 3 - Awful 4 - Bad 5-/5/5+ - Not good, but watchable and sometimes boring 6-/6/6+ - Mediocre 7-/7/7+ - Good, something that I liked but wasn't too impressed 8-/8/8+ - Pretty good, something that was enjoyable to watch 9-/9/9+ - Amazing, something that was a joy to watch 10 - Fantastic
The Rental (2020)
The Rental is the directorial debut of Dave Franco and tells the story of a couple who rents a vacation home and something goes horribly wrong. It's a formula you saw hundreds of times and this doesn't bring anything new to the table.
To no surprise, the weakest points of this movie were the direction and the screenplay, which was also written partly by Dave Franco. The characters were introduced to consist of a has-been prisoner played by Jeremy Allen White, a happy to take drugs Alison Brie and two cheats played by Sheila Vand and Dan Stevens. When your characters are this unlikable it's really hard to care for any of them or to be even remotely invested in this movie which is by its far the biggest issue.
The film plays out in the most by the books, cookie-cutter way possible which not only makes it predictable but also horribly boring. On the positive side, the performances were pretty solid and the cast had good enough chemistry. But aside from that pretty much every other aspect including the cinematography, music and editing can be described as generic and bland.
The only character I was happy to see survive was the dog.
Final Rating - 4/10
Obsession, Infamy and Murder
Fame. For some, fame is a ticket to a perfect life, a ticket to recognizability, popularity and glory. In reality, fame is a black hole, constantly needing to be fed and when that hunger isn't satisfied all hell breaks loose.
Fame can lead to many things, but in this case, it leads to murder. Don't f**k with Cats is a heart-breaking story of Luka Rocco Magnotta who destroyed his life and the life of many others because of fame. Two major figures in this documentary are John Green and Deanna Thompson who went by Baudi Moovan online. Despite their best efforts Deanna and John, unfortunately, did very little in this case and weren't given attention until the murder took place.
In spite of not doing much in the case, I have to commend Deanna and John for their hard work and as great narrators who had me glued to the screen from start to finish. There wasn't a single moment in which I would describe them boring or bland and I find some of the things they said inspiring and empowering.
To get to the technicals this is a very well edited and composed series with some pretty but generic wide shots thrown into the mix. I can also appreciate the pacing and the direction which made this series easy to understand on the first viewing and not confusing, convoluted or boring at any times.
The only thing that bothered and I disagree with is the last minute of the series in which Deanna Thompson guilt trips you. I find it an inadequate statement considering she and many others spent 18 months chasing a killer on the internet, also she did agree to do this documentary giving the killer more attention. I wouldn't say that I was offended and I have no hard feeling towards her statement, I just think it was a dumb thing to say.
All things considered, Don't F**k with Cats is a must watch but not for the faint of heart.
Final Score - 8/10
Gretel & Hansel (2020)
To pandering for its ego
Gretel & Hansel was directed by Osgood Perkins, previously known for directing The Blackcoat's Daughter, and stars Sophia Lillis as Gretel and Samuel Leakey as Hansel in a much darker adaptation of the beloved fairy tale.
For someone who is sick of needles Disney remakes, I was quite excited for a change of pace in the live-action adaptation genre and would love to see darker takes on more fairy tales but unfortunately, Gretel & Hansel falls quite short of its full potential. The main problem is that it feels more like a collection of rural shots combined with creepy music than a movie as it has very little below its artsy surface. Besides the aforementioned pretty cinematography and music, Gretel & Hansel consists of witless writing, effortless dialogue and barely passable acting.
This film tries very hard to be niche but ends up being pandering not just to fans of artisanal horror but to the entire genre itself. Despite its very short 87-minute runtime Gretel & Hansel feels longer than it is as it takes its time to get to the point and when it gets there it fails to be engaging.
The greatest compliment I can give Gretel & Hansel is calling it watchable.
Final Rating: 5/10
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Uninspired, clichéd and unoriginal
Sonic the Hedgehog is directed by Jeff Fowler (Gopher Broke) and stars Ben Schwartz as the bellowed blue hedgehog and Jim Carrey as the evil Dr. Robotnik. Knowing the history of video-game adaptations I had low expectations for Sonic and I got what I expected.
Throughout, Sonic has its moments, those being some light-hearted action pieces and funny exchanges between the characters, primarily Sonic, his side-kick/friend Tom and Robotnik. It's charming and cheerful as can be expected and you will likely leave with a smile but it's nothing new or extraordinary.
Besides the easy laughs and the generally cheerful atmosphere, Sonic is very shallow. At its core, Sonic is a cliché after a cliché mostly made up from parts of other movies you've already seen before. It's about as formulaic as a film can possibly get at the moment. Not to mention its witless script, which does warrant a few laughs but fails to make the main plot interesting or appeasing at any moment leading to a very predictable ending.
All things considered, if you're looking for some good old family fun to waste 99 minutes this is it, but you can do better, much better.
Final Rating - 5/10
Guns Akimbo (2019)
Great ideas wasted by undercooked story
Guns Akimbo can best be described as a film that had ingredients for a cult classic but its lack of adequate direction and pacing hold it back from reaching its full potential. This film is a bit too full of itself to capture a wide audience because of its overbearing gamer culture references which easily could have been dumbed-down or removed completely. Another big problem of Guns Akimbo is the borderline amateurish dialogue which made almost every exchange between any character seem either unintentionally funny or uncomfortably dull.
It goes without saying that Guns Akimbo is not a horrible movie as it does have its moments featuring charismatic performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving, some gory violence and a simple enough plot, making it at a fun ride throughout. It doesn't particularly deliver on anything; there are some mid-budget shootouts and chase scenes which are fun as can be expected but nothing that you haven't seen already. This project just should have spent more time in the furnace and been decorated with more colourful toppings.
In all of its splattery glory, Guns Akimbo is very fun to watch if you can get behind the pacing, the needless gaming references and its self-assertive plot.
Final Rating - 4/10
The Witcher (2019)
A flawed but immersive world
Not having read the books and only playing through the first half of the first Witcher video game I didn't know what to expect from Netflix's The Witcher. But after seeing the first season of the show I can say that I'm pleasantly surprised.
The show succeeds due to its original dark tone, impressive production qualities and an ambitious cast. Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and especially Anya Chalotra, as well as most of the supporting cast, portray their characters adequately. The series consists of fun and masterfully choreographed sword fights, limited but impressive visual effects, eminent music, beautiful and immersive cinematography which presents the world of The Witcher in a more than satisfying way.
Another reason why The Witcher works are its unique stories; every episode progresses the main plot while having one or more just as interesting subplots leading up to gratifying season finale. The reason for that is the shows rich lore consisting of monsters and creatures reminiscent mostly of Slavic mythologies.
Like any and every other show The Witcher has its flaws, the biggest one being the pacing. With multiple timelines and character arcs, I was often left confused, however, I loved piecing together who's where and what's happening and when it all clicked in the second to last episode I was left indulged.
The Witcher has a little bit of something for everyone, whether you're a fan of the books or the video games or entirely new to this illustrious world, you will likely find something to enjoy.
Final Rating: 7+/10
A modern era masterpiece
Parasite was directed and written by Bong Joon Ho and tells the story of the Kim family and their life-changing involvement with the Park family.
Parasite can best be described as astonishing, astounding, stunning or any other synonym of amazing. It is so far my favourite film of the year and one of my favourite films of the decade. The very idea of the plot is simple but incredibly hard to execute and that's, why it's editing, is pitch-perfect and leads to an unexpectedly shocking and brutal ending.
The biggest forte of Parasite is the screenplay as it impeccably mixes comedy, drama and horror featuring flawless pacing, breath-taking cinematography, a beautiful score and a brilliant cast making it a masterpiece. Parasite also perfectly presents the subject of classism, showing us how both the working class and the upper class view each other and the people around them. Themes of capitalism can also be felt throughout the film, but Parasite shouldn't be mistaken as a pro-capitalism film as it doesn't support or hate anyone or any side; it's ambiguity also contributes to this factor.
Taking everything into account, Parasite is a true work of art and a rare and extraordinary masterpiece that should be viewed by everyone at some point in their lives, especially film lovers.
Final Rating - 10/10
Gemini Man (2019)
David Benioff & his pen present: Another disappointment
Gemini Man was directed by Ang Lee and stars Will Smith as an assassin who fights a younger Will Smith.
Gemini Man is one of the biggest disappointments of the year and the second disappointment of the year written by David Benioff. Character depth is non-existent, the story fails to be interesting and is often pointless and the action sequences are mostly let downs. Another big problem is the very underdeveloped supporting characters. Both Mary Elisabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong who are respectable actors are given very little to do and serve little purpose in advancing the plot. The main reason for that is the writing and no, not just David Benioff. This film has three credited screenwriters due to multiple rewrites and the ending result is a mess, to say the least.
Despite the poor writing, I can praise Gemini Man for great de-aging effects which were easily the highlight of this film. Also, Will Smith at least gives some effort to his character but without any succession due to poor directing.
Unless you want to lose close to two hours of your time skip Gemini Man and go watch Looper or other actually good films with similar concepts.
Final Rating - 4/10
Fan Theory The Movie - Directed by J.J. Abrams
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker was directed by JJ Abrams and it is the conclusion of the sequel trilogy.
The Rise of Skywalker is easily the worst conclusion of all of the Star Wars trilogies (yes, including the prequels). The main reason for that is JJ Abrams' and Rian Johnson's different directorial visions. Abrams made The Force Awakens by his vision and Johnson made The Last Jedi by his which resulted in an utter mess, a few (but not enough) answered questions and more plot holes than I'm able to count.
Luke knew about Rey's parents and still decided to train her, the emperor is all of a sudden alive and well, where did his fleet come from, why is Luke's lightsabre repaired...
Besides the countless plot holes, almost everything in The Rise of Skywalker is nonsensical and meaningless. Rey dies, Kylo somehow resurrects her using the force, the kiss and then Kylo dies. It sounds like a fantasy of a five-year-old who got high after snorting crayons.
On the very dimly lit bright side, The Rise of Skywalker does have a few interesting fight scenes and pretty visual and sound effects as do all of the other Star Wars films but that doesn't save it from being the biggest disappointment of the year.
Final Rating - 4/10
A fan base divided
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi was released in 2017 and directed by Rian Johnson. The film opened up to favourable critics reviews but very mixed feelings from fans.
What the Last Jedi suffers from is Rian Johnson's completely different vision which made what JJ Abrams set up completely meaningless including the characters arcs (most of which this film ruined) and the story's main villain. Also, out of all of the Star Wars films The Last Jedi manages to be the most boring one due to it having many scenes leading up to nowhere and unneeded fan service which isn't really fan service since it divided the fan base. The film's runtime also could have been cut down by a good 25 minutes as it has an unneeded casino planet subplot with minimalistic character development.
To give it credit The Last Jedi is, for the most part, enjoyable and has a few memorable moments such as the Throne room battle. The visual and sound effects are on point as they are with every other film in the franchise and the score by John Williams is delightful, to say the least. Another thing The Last Jedi got right was Kylo Ren. His character progressed throughout the film and most of the film's best moments were his scenes.
Final Rating - 7-/10
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... a new trilogy begins
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was released in 2015, 32 years after the previous Star Wars film. It continues the (mostly) bellowed saga through the eyes of new (and old) heroes who stand up to the evil First Order.
One of the main strengths of The Force Awakens is combining nostalgia and current events. We see many of the previous films characters return as well as being introduced Rey, Finn, and Poe who are fine additions to the series. And of course with new heroes come new villains, in this case, Kylo Ren of the First Order who is impressively played by Adam Driver.
The Force Awakens also features the greatest visual and sound effects we have ever seen in any Star Wars film as well as a nostalgic new score. It is also a very well-paced film that hardly ever sidetracks from the main plot but that doesn't prevent it from having plot holes.
That brings us to the cons of the film. While the plot is very enjoyable it is simply too similar to the original which completely negates the ending of the original trilogy as it introduced the Starkiller Base which is a lazy remake of the Death Star.
All in all The Force Awakens is not as good as the original trilogy but it is faithful enough to be praiseworthy.
Final Rating - 8-/10
All good things come to an end... Until the sequels.
Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi was released and 1983 and it is the end of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Out of the original trilogy, this film is usually known as the weakest and for the right reasons. Again the director was replaced, this time Irvin Kershner with Richard Marquand which resulted in poor pacing and the introduction of kid-friendly Ewoks who completely undercut the dark tone The Empire Strikes Back set up.
Aside from that, I have no issues other with Return of the Jedi. It finally revealed the terrifying Emperor, we saw Luke as a badass and a very powerful Jedi and his battle with Darth Vader eventually leading up to a very satisfying and emotional conclusion. Another quality of Return of the Jedi is that it has the single best opening and the first act of any other Star Wars film. Also, we were introduced to many interesting alien species (not you Ewoks) who played a crucial role in the rebellion's success against the Empire.
Like the first two parts of the trilogy, Return of the Jedi is filled with beautiful and detailed scenes, great battles (such as the Battle of Endor) and memorable visual and sound effects.
Final Rating - 9-/10
*The* Perfect Sequel
Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980, three years after its overwhelmingly successful predecessor.
To say The Empire Strikes Back does justice to A New Hope is a massive understatement as this film ups the ante in every way possible. Longer and better battles (such as the immaculate Battle of Hoth), a much darker and more mature plot with one of the most memorable (and quoted) twists of all time, AT-AT walkers, the introduction of Yoda are some of the reasons why Empire Strikes Back is the perfect sequel.
Unlike A New Hope, this film was not directed by George Lucas but Irvin Kershner and to give credit where credit is due he did just as good of a job. Kershner also manages to get the best possible performances out of his cast, especially Hamill whose character changed drastically since the last film. We also see more of Vader and his deranged and almost animalistic character which is again perfectly displayed by James Earl Jones's vocals.
Empire Strikes Back truly is the perfect sequel as it flourishes on George Lucas's elements as well as bringing in many more of its own in great succession.
Final Grade - 9+/10
Star Wars (1977)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... before the fans were divided
George Lucas's Star Wars Episode IV was released in 1977 and became an instant hit with both people and critics. It didn't just become an instant hit, Star Wars Episode IV revolutionised cinema.
Almost everything about Star Wars is iconic. John Williams's musical score is still to this day one of the best movie scores of all time, the creative and unforgettable special and sound effects, the title crawl, the flawless world-building, and the perfect cast. Mark Hamill plays the soon to be hero whose characters gets remarkably developed throughout the film, Harrison Ford plays a charismatic smuggler with charming personality, Carrie Fisher plays the alluring princess Leia, Sir Alec Guinness skilfully portrays Obi Wan Kenobi and of course James Earl Jones creates one of the most memorable vocal performances of all time with his portrayal of Darth Vader.
My only real flaw with Star Wars is that its story is a bit too full of subplots but, despite that, every single scene is rich in detail, characters development and well written dialogue ultimately leading up to an epic conclusion.
Taking everything into account, Star Wars is a fantasy epic that will always be remembered as one of cinemas greatest feats.
Final Grade - 9/10
Don't (forget to) smile.
Joker is directed by Todd Philips and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded and thrown out of society.
We live in an era in which formulaic comic book movies are more and more common. Joker not only proves that you can make a comic book movie without a villain but also proves that comic book movies can be used as psychological studies reflecting on how our society views and treats mental health issues of certain individuals.
If I had to describe Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in one word it would be mesmerising. His take on the iconic comic book character is filled with emotional depth to the point where it's almost painful to watch and flawlessly realistic making it one of the best performances of the decade.
The cinematography is also something to note. It is full of gorgeous shots with a beautiful colour palette making it's shot composition and structure heavily differ from most comic book films.
The score is very minimalistic but every time it comes on it feels unsettling and haunting which adds to the suspense of the story.
My biggest and only issue with Joker is that it's too inspired by Scorsese's King of Comedy and Taxi Driver making the majority of the film predictable. However, making it predictable didn't take away much from its quality and only made it more unsettling because we can see the degradation of Joker's mind before it happens making this film more depressing.
I wouldn't really call Joker a comic book movie. Yes, it's based on a comic book and depicts arguably the most iconic comic book character of all time, but it stands alone among dozens of its predecessors as a psychological drama that reflects on society and its issues rather than a fantasy world.
Overall, Joker is a brilliant take on the character, however, it's not for the faint of heart or narrow-minded and prejudiced people.
Final Grade - 9/10
How to Irreversibly Ruin a Legend - A Step By Step guide by Guy Ritchie
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is directed by Guy Ritchie and is yet another film about the Arthurian legend.
Legend of the Sword is a horrid and vile excuse for a film. It's completely devoted from any form of realism or reality mostly made up of horrible CGI (for a $150 million budget), music that made my ears bleed and dialogue that is way too modern for a late 5th and early 6th-century film. If you're not dead, or at least deaf from the music, you're most certainly going to have a seizure when you see the heavily (and very poorly) edited action scenes. Filled with slow motion, fast cuts, explosions and flying objects, the action set pieces in this film are embarrassingly bad. As a matter of fact, almost every aspect of the film is embarrassingly bad and I haven't even mentioned the acting. You'd think that a film starring Academy Award nominees Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou would at least have good performances, right? If so you're in for a treat because every actor in this film acts as if they have a broom up their rear.
Conclusion, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword can be an enjoyable film if you're on the right drugs.
Final Grade - 1/10
All hail the King... of bad writing
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the sequel to Godzilla (2014) directed by Michael Dougherty. It's satisfying enough to be considered a Godzilla movie but doesn't live up to its predecessor.
What made Godzilla (2014) an above-average Hollywood blockbuster is the interesting dialogue and interactions between the characters which King of the Monsters fails to accomplish. For example, the scientists and the military are given comedic traits often resulting in painfully unfunny and out of place humour. Protagonist characters (the Russel family) are given bare minimum characterization which is a blockbuster standard by now. As a matter of fact, not a single character or character interaction is interesting and not a single joke lands which are the films biggest sins.
To give credit where credit is due to the King of the Monster nails the VFX and the over the top battles make up for most of the poor writing. To be honest I can't entirely blame the writers for this. Ever since the perfection of CGI Hollywood started thinking that good VFX make up for bad writing, which obviously isn't true. But even with a bad screenplay, the actors do a good enough job to be entertaining when they need to be.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is ultimately a fun movie with great visual and sound effects, but with mostly forgettable characters.
Final Grade: 6/10
Chappie is the third film from Niel Blomkamp, the director of District 9 and Elysium. Like Blomkamp's previous films Chappie is filled with messages regarding the Earth and its future but unlike District 9, the messages in Chappie ultimately come off as inadequate.
Chappie has its moments and some great ideas but unfortunately, not a single one of those ideas are fleshed out properly. Chappie's biggest problem is its writing. The characters, their conflicts and interactions, a lack of consequences, rushed and ignorant decisions are what's saving Chappie from being a great film.
The ending is weak and like the rest of the film, it has no consequences. Not a single point is proven and not a single character dies, for no longer than a few minutes at least. This film handles death like a minor inconvenience after which characters pretend as nothing happened.
Chappie does, however, have its positives which are mainly the acting and the VFX. Sharlto Copley's motion-capture performance is easily one of the highlights of the film. Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver also do a fine job with their characters.
Overall Chappie isn't a bad or unwatchable film by any means however it is a big decline from Blomkamp's District 9.
Final Grade: 6-/10
Lady Bird (2017)
Fantastic debut by Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird is the directorial debut of Greta Gerwig revolving around a seventeen-year-old girl played by Saoirse Ronan coming of age in Sacramento and without a doubt it instantly takes the spot as one of the greatest directorial debuts of all time.
I wouldn't exactly call the premise of Lady Bird original due to clichéd coming of age movies being made almost every year but the story and dialogue are realistic enough and with masterful directing and all across the board fantastic performances Lady Bird easily makes up for it. Also, Lady Bird is mature enough to learn from and it doesn't use annoying and cheesy clichés which makes its plot least seem original. Aside from the acting and directing the presentation of this film is beautiful as it explores a few cities and a lot of well-shot locations thanks to the wonderful and underrated cinematography by Sam Levy. The best part of Lady Bird is its social commentary which is very relevant to the 2002 setting.
Overall Lady Bird is a great coming of age movie filled with well-written characters and great performances. I would recommend it to anyone except to the people that get easily bored with Oscar-bait dramas.
Final Score: 9/10
Get Out (2017)
From hit or miss comedy to Get Out, Jordan Peele proves to us that he has certainly matured as a filmmaker.
Get Out is one of the best and most refreshingly original horror movies in the last decade. Rather than having in your face predictable jump scares and cheesy music, Get Out dwells on the mind and relies on the fear of the unknown while giving subtle messages on racism and what's it like to be black in America and for an anti-racism movie everything is handled very well due to Peele's great writing. As I've already mentioned the best aspect of Get Out is the writing; the characters are intelligent people and behave like logical human beings instead of cliché horror movie idiots. Everything happens for a reason and there is a meaning behind everything. Also unlike other horror movie clichés Get Out doesn't fake its scares or replaces them with needless humour. Instead, the humour (mainly Lil Rel Howery's character) is perfectly balanced with the story and shows up at adequate times.
Creepy, unsettling and filled with brilliant performances (primarily from Daniel Kaluuya) and even better writing, Get Out perfectly represents the US society in its current era.
Final Score: 8+/10
Nolan's latest masterpiece
Dunkirk is one of the most visually stunning films of 2017 and one of the most realistic depictions of tragic events shown on cinema.
One would think that without any proper characterization or backstories of any of the characters Dunkirk would present itself as a dull excuse for endless action but it's the exact opposite. The characters are shown to us in a way in which we understand them and their purpose by only glancing at them which is one of the best aspects of Dunkirk. However, it is also one of the worst. The only minor issue with Dunkirk I have is that the actors aren't given much to do which the production quality easily outweighs. With a 104-minute runtime, Dunkirk perfectly balances two stories and lots of action and unlike films with twice the runtime, it doesn't drag for a second. Dunkirk is also one of the best sounding films in the last few years and rightfully so earned itself Oscars in both sound mixing and editing as well as film editing.
Dunkirk manages the be entertaining and emotional with little to no characterisation and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see a compelling story or just some good action.
Final Score: 9/10
La La Land (2016)
Made me feel like I'm in la-la land
La La Land is a cinematic marvel. It's nostalgia, meticulousness and joy captured my heart and earned itself the title of one of the best musicals of all time.
Almost every aspect of La La Land is close to perfect making this not only one of the best movies in recent history but also one of the best looking films and a very memorable cinematic experience. The cinematography is lively with phenomenal long takes, different location and gorgeous colours thanks to the production design. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone make a wonderful musical duo with serious chemistry as if the roles were made for them. The music feels alive at any moment and the sound track is definitely consistent. After Whiplash, the stakes were high for Damien Chazelle and La La Land undoubtedly lands him a spot on Hollywood's best directors. Pulling of two films of the same genre and making both of them seem unique and originally is no easy thing to do and writing a film can be agonising so Damien Chazelle deserves all the praise he's getting.
La La Land is a genre defying masterpiece which I would recommend to anyone a fan of musicals or not. It's colourful joyfulness is a sight to see.
Final Score: 9+/10
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Forever a classic
The Silence of the Lambs is a timeless classic, whose more than adequate storytelling never ceases to amaze.
The Silence of the Lambs is one of the most entertaining but least fun films to watch all because of its disturbingly genius atmosphere. It's masterfully acted, especially from Hopkins's side turning this film into a clever and unforgettable masterpiece. Even though Hopkins and Foster don't have much screentime together they still put on a show to remember. Aside from top of the line acting and the directing the script from Ted Tally's (based on the novel by Thomas Harris) is career-defining. From thriller to psychological horror, this movie handles the tone and atmosphere perfectly while switching between the two. In terms of being a psychological horror movie, it does it perfecting as it wraps itself around the viewers' head and proves that gore and blood aren't needed to scare an audience. Surprisingly (and deservedly) this film swooped all five major Oscar categories (Best actor, actress, director, screenplay and picture) even though it was released in February, a whole year before the academy awards.
The Silence of the Lambs is a remarkable feat in film making and you be seen by everyone, a film lover or not. Shocking and suspenseful it is a thrill to behold.
Final Score: 9/10
The Departed (2006)
Scorsese delivers another masterpiece
The Departed is one of the rare cases when the remake is better than the original.
It succeeds mainly because of Scorsese's vision and ability to bring this project to life. Scorsese works with his cast turning DiCaprio, Wahlberg, Nicholson into a perfect trio and turning this film into of the best of the 00s. Like most of Scorsese's film, The Departed is very bloody and very violent but very entertaining in the process. Right from the opening line to the end credits The Departed shows off its style and keeps it consistent trough the 151-minute runtime. However, the 151-minute long runtime is the only thing preventing The Departed from being a masterpiece. At some moments in the film (not many), it gets somewhat annoying, but not annoying enough to make me lose interest. In other words, the strongest point of The Departed is also the weakest point. The Departed despite being a remake has enough charisma and energy to make it seem original. The Departed is a triumph of its own kind, it works its way up and hits on an emotional level.
There is something everyone in The Departed whether you're a Scorsese fan or not but if you're familiar with his work this is a must-see.
Final Score: 9/10
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is more than a pleasant surprise, which was at first a risky move for Sony judging by their recent "successes".
From the presentation alone it is easily decipherable that a lot of love and passion was put into this project, making it the visual masterpiece that it is.
The story, while being mostly formulaic still does enough to satisfy new and returning audiences to the superhero genre. Combined with the visual style and presentation, Into the Spider-Verse almost feels fresh.
The biggest issue, which is more of a personal preference is the music. The film chooses today's hip hop music over an actual musical score which is understandable but still managed to take me out of the film.
Another slightly smaller issue is the epilogue, rather the way the film sets it up. Press a button and save the world. It's as silly as it sounds.
In terms of comedy, Into the Spider-Verse does a solid job, but manages to be annoying at times with its usage of Spider-Ham.
On the contrary Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is worth a watch solely for its visual style and presentation. The story is just icing on the cake.
Final Grade: 8/10