I think Taylor Sheridan is one of the most promising newer talents out there and because of this I was excited when I heard about "Those Who Wish Me Dead." I don't think this is a bad movie, but it is frustratingly underwhelming. There are tense moments that are executed well and I think Angelina Jolie does a fair job since she is a good actress, but I just didn't get into the story. I enjoyed some moments but a lot of the movie feels like buildup with limited payoff. The pacing comes off as messy as a result of this. Overall, it is an acceptable thriller, but I was completely happy with my decision of streaming it at home instead of going out to the theater for it.
Whenever A24 takes on a new psychological horror I am usually both anxious and also intrigued. "Saint Maud" is a strange yet fascinating movie that has plenty of food for thought. I think the movie has a consistent creepy and eerie vibe that kept me uncomfortable throughout. I think the editing, lighting, and background score added immensely to this effect. The movie is a slow burn like other horror films from A24, but this one is still interesting even when the really scary stuff isn't quite taking place. There still is plenty of horrifying stuff in the final act of the movie but the whole take on mental illness and religious extremism is still haunting throughout. Overall, this is a very solid movie with a creepy atmosphere, good direction, and just enough ambiguity to make the film worth a few different discussions.
"28 Days Later" is less focused on action-packed moments than most zombie films and that is both a strength and a weakness. I think the more human moments make the characters deep and relatable but it can affect the pacing of a movie like this. The exciting moments are there and there is a constant feeling of danger, but that is not why one should check out this movie. It is more of a zombie drama that takes a somewhat realistic approach which is still pretty interesting. Also, the way this movie is shot feels a bit strange and whether it was done for artistic reasons or budget-related reasons, I just didn't really like that aspect of it. I think the good thing about the poor image quality is that the movie can feel more realistic because of it, but it still felt kind of distracting. Overall, this is a well-thought-out zombie movie that is tense and fairly engaging and clearly influenced many films in the coming years.
"The Little Hours" is a fairly amusing movie, but I feel like it had the potential to be a hilarious piece of comedy gold. This movie had the goofy premise going for it and has the talented cast to back it up. I didn't really like it at first but there were some decent jokes scattered throughout. I thought one segment was actually really funny and it ended up saving the movie for me because until that point the movie failed to make me laugh out loud much. Overall, it is a silly and short raunchy comedy that has a fun premise but isn't necessarily the best movie in the genre.
"The Crow" is a movie surrounded in tragedy since Brandon Lee died on set but it is also very impactful because Lee's performance in this movie shows a glimpse of the star he could have been. I think this is a slick, dark, and enjoyable action movie that mostly works because of the lead performance and visual style. As far as revenge flicks go, there isn't too much substance here, but the style makes up for it big time. Overall, this is one of the earlier examples of a darker comic book adaptation and I think it is also a very effective and unique one that I am glad I checked out.