Sci-Fi

The Matrix, Ranked

The Matrix, Ranked

In 1999, The Matrix, written and directed by the Wachowski Sisters, was released and instantly became a cultural phenomenon, thanks to its ground-breaking visual effects and thought-provoking philosophical themes. The film launched an entire media franchise, and since then, three direct sequel films, an animated anthology film, three video games, a comic book series and numerous books have been released. While none of the subsequent films admittedly quite live up to the quality of that first film, a couple of them come damn close, even if the worse films in the franchise leave a lot to be desired. Here is…
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Quick Hits: The Little Hours, G.B.F., Push

Quick Hits: The Little Hours, G.B.F., Push

Quick Hits In this edition of Quick Hits, I review a strange comedy about temptation and repression, a gay Mean Girls knockoff that is anything but "fetch," and a bizarre sci-fi thriller that is far too convoluted for its own good. The Little Hours Year: 2017 | Rating: The Little Hours is a very strange film that I am having a very hard time deciding how I felt about it. On one hand, this was billed as a comedy, and I didn't really think that it was that funny. Aubrey Plaza's shtick didn't land for me in the opening scene, and…
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Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Year: 2022 | Rating: Anytime a new movie comes out and is heralded as a supposed masterpiece and places highly on lists like the Letterboxd Top 250, I make sure to temper my expectations, because I don't want my reception of the film to suffer from the potentially artificially high hype. So, even though I loved Swiss Army Man, and even though A24 released literally half of my top 10 films of 2021, I didn't go into Everything Everywhere All at Once with the assumption that it was going to be the best film I've seen this year, especially since my favorite director…
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Review: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Review: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Year: 2022 | Rating: Richard Linklater is back, ladies and gentlemen. I know that this is technically the second day of release of this film and that I should make this a strictly-critical review with proper analysis and all that jazz (and I'll get to that soon..ish...maybe), but you'll have to forgive me for "fanboying out" for a second, because this is a big deal for me. Linklater has been my favorite filmmaker throughout most of my adult cinephile life, but it's an observable fact that it's been a while since we've had a real "Linklater" film (the last one…
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Review: After Yang

Review: After Yang

Year: 2021 | Rating: Ho-ly shit. These are the kinds of experiences that keep me coming back to the movies day after day, week after week, year after year. From opening dance sequence to the last scene, I was mesmerized by this moving and thought-provoking piece of cinematic art. Writer-director Kogonada is 2-for-2, and After Yang just might even be better than Columbus (2017). Many (some may say "too many") films are being made right now that attempt to reconcile the growing role that technology has in our lives with the desire to maintain our "humanism," and too often those themes are tackled with…
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