I love to watch movies and TV shows and I love to write about them. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do this as much as I would like. Only when I feel that I have something worth writing about will I add a review.
Unlike traditional reviews, these will often read more like conventional essays. Traditional movie reivews are too formulaic and too often prioritize elevating the aesthetic sensibilities of the author than providing meaningful commentary. It’s as if most reviewers see themselves as poets first and foremost. Perhaps that’s a function of editors looking for the most talented writers when hiring, but most just spew out the most pretentious and meaningless gobbledygook.
I miss Roger Ebert. I especially loved it when he would write about the ideas a film inspired him to think about while sparsely discussing the movie itself. If a reviewer mentions the film’s color pallette it damned well better have to do something with the plot. Anyway, I hope you enjoy.
Film Review Formula
I rate things on a five star scale and I try to avoid half stars as much as possible. Because I try to write about the ideas a film elicits, these writings are less designed to guide consumers and more designed for a person who has already watched the film.
One of the five stars is reserved for artistic merit. A film can be technically perfect, but if it’s not about anything it can only receive four stars.
Fargo Season 3
Fargo Season 3 consists of one plot hole after another, stumbling its way to a plot hole conclusion. Here’s an incomplete list.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
I’m Thinking of Ending Things has all the thematic depth one would expect from a Charlie Kaufman film without any of the entertainment.
Fargo Season 2
Season 2 of Fargo is the best in the series, but that’s not exactly high praise. Excellent acting and cinematography, poor writing.
White Noise (The Movie)
White Noise tries to take one of the best books ever written and compact it into 136 minutes of film. That’s not enough time.
Fargo Season 1
Fargo (the series) is a bunch of cliches and tropes performed excellently, wrapped in excellent cinematography and music.
Sharper is an interesting spin on a well-worn genre, but the film ends on a whimper that disappoints given the tension it successfully builds.
Knock at the Cabin
Knock at the Cabin presents a novel premise and then follows it up with predictability. Don’t expect a classic Shyamalan twist.
When Fact and Fiction Collide
When fact and fiction collide we are often presented with the most compelling stories. Does learning the truth change the quality of the film?
Tower Heist is the worst Ben Stiller movie ever made. Despite having the traits of a hidden gem, this pile of garbage was buried for a reason.