I normally steer far away from horror films, but when I heard that the director of “Nightcrawler” had teamed up with Jake Gyllenhaal again to release a satire horror film on Netflix, my curiosity got the best of me. Despite its categorization of horror, I found the film to be surprisingly funny and was laughing more often than I was scared, whether that was the film’s intention or not.
Film Review The Commuter · Jaume Collet-Serra · Liam Neeson · Vera Famiga · Patrick Wilson · PG-13 · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
The experience of watching “The Commuter” ends up being like most commutes: we know where we’re headed, and the train gets us there somewhat reliably, but the ride isn’t all that memorable.
Film Review Lost in Translation · Sofia Coppola · Bill Murray · Scarlett Johansson · R · 2003 · PROJECT-FILM-52
A perhaps under-watched gem from the early 2000’s, “Lost in Translation” offers us insights into the lives of two lost souls in Tokyo that reminds of us of our most basic needs: connection, happiness, and purpose in life. It’s a smart, hilarious, sad yet sweet film that deserves eyes on it even 16 years after its release.
Film Review Tomb Raider · Roar Uthaug · Alicia Vikander · Dominic West · Walton Goggins · Daniel Wu · PG-13 · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
As far as video-game based movies go, the 2018 “Tomb Raider” reboot isn’t terrible, but it fails to stand out in the action-saturated movie market we have today and largely feels like a wasted opportunity to revive the failed franchise from 15 years ago.
Film Review Roma · Alfonso Cuarón · Yalitza Aparicio · Marina de Tavira · Diego Cortina Autrey · R · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
Alfonso Cuarón displays his mastery of cinema in this intensely personal film based on the memories of his childhood. It’s a film whose narrative rides on life events, but like many of our own lives, the best moments are often separated with stretches of dull everyday monotony.
Film Review The Ballad of Buster Scruggs · The Coen Brothers · Tim Blake Nelson · James Franco · Liam Neeson · Tom Waits · Zoe Kazan · Jonjo O'Neill · R · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
The Coen Brothers venture into the Wild West yet again with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”, but this time, they return with just a few specks of gold and a mound of dirt.
Film Review Wonder Woman · Patty Jenkins · Gal Gadot · Chris Pine · PG-13 · 2017
Let me just say that while many genres have my sympathy, the superhero genre is usually not one of them. With the exception of Nolan’s Batman films, I find many superhero movies to be rather lukewarm with their predictable outcomes and action scenes for the sake of action. However, Wonder Woman blew away all of my expectations and more.
I figured this guide could use a small update to make it a bit easier to tell which films are the ones I really love. I also wanted to add a link to all my ratings on IMDb and briefly explain how my rating system translates to the rating system on IMDb. Otherwise, for the most part, the core of the system has remained the same. The basic format of my film reviews consists of 2 parts:
Website Update update · strata · url · namecheap · kevinwli
Another quarter of classes has come and passed, and yet another update has gone live. Take a look at the shortlist of changes:
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With my return home from another gruelling quarter of classes, I’ve revamped the look of my website once more. Here’s a quick “patch notes” if you will: