Dark Horizons

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 Capone (2020) Blake Howard If "The Untouchables" is the pride, the American myth-making, then Trank's ambition for "Capone" is to draw you into its unceremonious free-fall. It's not pleasant, and it's not trying to be. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/4 The Trip to Greece (2020) Blake Howard Even thinking about how damned unexpectedly penetrating and existentially resonant this movie and the series is, I want to well up. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/4 Extraction (2020) Blake Howard "Extraction" is a bone-rattling, epic fifteen rounds of urban warfare rescue mission with a soulful and redemptive career-best dramatic performance from Hemsworth. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
0.5/4 The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Blake Howard "Last Days" is unwatchable. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/4 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Blake Howard Spike Lee's body of work is a weaponised mirror of Black Lives in America. Nobody does it better. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
2/4 Dirt Music (2019) Blake Howard "Dirt Music" is a film that begs to explore race, environmental impacts of working-class pursuits, and the law's reflex to "look the other way" to influential power brokers...melodramatic romance at the core has the loudest voice. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/4 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Blake Howard "Bill & Ted Face the Music" is like a gift in a dream. You're visiting old friends, familiar gags, and an aged brand of whimsy gives you a microdose of nostalgia that doesn't make you choke. When it ends, it's an emotional jolt. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/4 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Blake Howard Charlie Kaufman's "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" is simultaneously specific and profoundly universal; a beguiling dissection of relationships and family in time. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Blake Howard "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is a timely film, until the end leaves you with a bitter taste. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/4 On the Rocks (2020) Blake Howard Sofia Coppola's "On The Rocks" is a cathartic diary about the impacts of fathers on daughters. It's beautiful, affecting, magical and makes me well up many weeks after watching. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/4 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Blake Howard "David Byrne's American Utopia" is a soul-enriching experience, closing the impossible distance between the filmed stage and the viewer. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Tenet (2020) Garth Franklin The cast are solid talents, but all struggle to breath life into a film already overstuffed and whittled down to the point of leaving no time for any natural humanity to flow though it. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Blake Howard In 2020 the tired comic book movie genre needs something wired like "Birds of Prey." It's a crude carnival ride; violent, colourful, with subtle and not so subtle elevated empowerment moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2020
4/4 The Invisible Man (2020) Blake Howard In the glut of Hollywood reboots, remakes and sequels, Leigh Whannell's new take on "The Invisible Man" comes along and makes a good case for why remakes can work. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2020
1/4 Spenser Confidential (2020) Blake Howard "Spenser Confidential" is the movie equivalent of the corpse in "Weekend at Bernie's". It is aggressively bad on almost every conceivable front. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2020
3.5/4 The Way Back (2020) Blake Howard "The Way Back" is a triumph as director Gavin O'Connor fashions a tale of the redemptive power of sports and purpose and at its core is a near unbearably personal performance from Ben Affleck. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2020
Underwater (2020) Blake Howard "Underwater" is a welcome 90-minute panic attack with Kristen Stewart's great articulation of discomfort rippling in her every expression and action. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Blake Howard In short "Bad Boys" is incredible. "Bad Boys 2" is insane. "Bad Boys For Life" is an almost instantly forgettable franchise bookend, or is it? Maybe it's time we start reading the title with the upward inflection of Ron Burgundy. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Blake Howard Ritchie knows the rules, knows who he is and owning his storytelling craft - leading to a collision of crassness, class satire and virtuosic application of the word 'c-nt' that I imagine is going to only grow in appreciation with each re-watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
The Irishman (2019) Blake Howard I feel like Scorsese's saying, "I am never going back." There's one appropriate response, a devastating, absolute, "yeah". EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Blake Howard "Marriage Story" lingers long and scratches synapses that nudge you back towards a rewatch, but I don't know if I'm ready. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
6 Underground (2019) Blake Howard Leave this crew alone to make one of these every year for the next decade. "Fast and Furious" be warned, the Bay is back in town. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Blake Howard I detested J.J Abrams' "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (TROS). It's a shell of a film, more machine now than ever. A twisted wreck of fan service, messy assembly of conveniences, lazy echoes and callbacks crashing into an aborted conclusion. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Blake Howard "Ford v Ferrari" is to James Mangold what "Chef" is to Jon Favreau. Where the latter tells a semi-autobiographical tale of art through the lens of food; Mangold brings the audience into the meat grinder of creation and competition in racing. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Blake Howard "Doctor Sleep" is a worthwhile cinematic sequel, that improves on the source by refracting it through Kubrick's superior vision. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Gary Dowell For all its rough edges, IT: Chapter Two is largely rewarding. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Gary Dowell Holland continues to bring a wide-eyed, boyish charm to the role, and his chemistry with his co-stars remains intact. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Gary Dowell There's a mellow dignity to it, as it takes a blunt, somber, sobering view of the looming apocalypse rather than checking off genre tropes every five minutes. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Gary Dowell ...fans will have to settle for (re-)reading the comics, (re-) watching the 1990s animated series adaptation, and dreaming of what could have been. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Gary Dowell ...there's enough here to keep kaiju fans hooked for at least one more outing. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Gary Dowell There is an amazing depth and pathos to the Hellboy comic books, but you wouldn't know it after slogging through this iteration. The character, the fans, and the cast all deserve far better than this. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Gary Dowell That it succeeds isn't a surprise... The real surprise -- to the relief of many -- is the level of quality to which this complicated and admittedly busy piece of pop art rises. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Gary Dowell Breezy and light on gravitas, Captain Marvel doesn't shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it does find a few new ways to perk up the umpteenth superhero origin story. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Gary Dowell Shazam! is a nice palate cleanser between servings of Marvel grit...light-hearted and tightly-plotted. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3.5/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Blake Howard When the inimitable Tony Scott was eulogised, it was often said that he didn't make action movies, he made action films. Director Chad Stahelski's "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is an action film. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Gary Dowell Rather than a objectified victim, Alita has agency more often than not, and the movie has enough go-for-broke energy to match her determination. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Gary Dowell Almost everything is awesome in Mike Mitchell's obligatory sequel... EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Gary Dowell Nevertheless, it's a bubbly concoction that goes down easy, and the adolescent target audience isn't likely to nitpick. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Gary Dowell Aquaman is rough around the edges but nevertheless an enjoyably silly ride that unabashedly embraces the cheesiness and weirdness of its world and runs -- er, swims -- with it at full speed. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Creed II (2018) Garth Franklin In spite of the clumsy storyline and more pedestrian approach overall, the shock of Creed II is that it all still works so well. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
4.5/5 Widows (2018) Blake Howard "Widows" is an exquisite crime drama refreshed and relocated from the British 1983 limited series to the authentic socio-political quagmire of modern Chicago. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Van Helsing (2004) Garth Franklin Hugh Jackman may be able to hold his own but not by much. It's not his fault though. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Moulin Rouge (2001) Garth Franklin As is... its still an extremely good movie with visuals and songs performed in a way that certainly make it worth seeing in the cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
Venom (2018) Gary Dowell ...the result is a weird, atonal, campy mess. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Gary Dowell Let's just say Goddard is adept at setting up viewer expectations just enough to thoroughly undermine them later. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Garth Franklin It's an understated film which lingers longer than expected, and that subtle touch should have real resonance for LGBT kids and especially their parents. Cold but certainly commendable. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
The Nun (2018) Gary Dowell Sadly, there are indeed no brains to be found in The Nun. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Gary Dowell It's an above-average, one-viewing wonder that at least manages to be more than a one-joke movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Gary Dowell Hard-boiled with a dash of absurdist pulp, Sicario: Day of the Soldado lacks the subtle nuances and gritty realism of the original but earns points for taking chances without slipping into spectacle... EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Gary Dowell The fan service is strong with this one, dropping easter eggs, deep cuts, and obscure references that touch upon everything from the original movies to the prequels and even some of the Marvel and Dark Horse comic book series. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2018