Friday, March 24, 2023

John Wick: Chapter 4 - Review (No Spoilers)


It’s rare for a franchise to reach the fourth outing without any waning interest. It’s even more rare for a franchise to see increases in quality as each entry comes and goes. For the John Wick series, the fourth installment once again reiterates just how much of action cinema history lies within the bones of what makes these films great. All at once simple and bonkers, the series aestheticizes violence in a way that few other modern action flicks can muster for a scene, let alone the entirety of the runtime. 

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Creed III - Review


Reinventing the boxing movie is an impossible task, Michael B. Jordan and crew know this by now. Creed III doesn’t even attempt to change up the storied tropes of the franchise, instead opting to focus on two interesting characters on a collision course that can only end in an intense slugfest. Where the quality of the Rocky series started to stretch its ideas thin by the third entry, Creed III feels like a franchise still flexing it muscles. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - Review (No Spoilers)


Who in their right mind would’ve thought the world would be getting not just one film centered on the shrinking hero Ant-Man, but a whole trilogy? It certainly speaks to the absolute box office domination of Marvel Studios over the last decade and a half. But whereas the first two entries in this sub-series of the MCU were fairly small scale (no pun intended), the third entry ups the ante, bringing the new big bad to the world and setting the stage for the next phase of the overarching story.