2000s, 4/4, Repost, Review, Top Ten

The Lord of the Rings

Before I jump into my thoughts on the film, let me clarify. The Lord of the Rings was released in three parts in three successive years from 2001 to 2003. Principle photography occurred concurrently for the entire project (the final scene at the Grey Havens was filmed on week two). Editing and the rest of… Continue reading The Lord of the Rings

0.5/4, 2010s, Review

Jupiter Ascending

Wow…Just…wow… The movie has individual elements that aren't worthless, but the whole thing doesn't come together at all. The individual elements are swamped by awful storytelling, weird and incomplete world building, and a far overcrowded narrative that ends up feeling like an entire trilogy in one. One top of all that are either flat or… Continue reading Jupiter Ascending

1940s, 4/4, Review


There are some filmmakers who thrive without resources, and I think Roberto Rossellini was one of them. His first post-fascist movie, Rome: Open City, was fantastic, and his second is equally great. A series of six short films, each one has that particular quality of great short form storytelling where we quickly get strong looks… Continue reading Paisan