Seeing as this was James Wan's 10th feature film and me being a big fan of his it's easy to say that I was highly anticipating this movie, Malignant, unfortunately, didn't completely live up to my high expectations but it also didn't completely disappoint. The first act and the beginning of the second kept me confused and guessing just what this movie was, it doesn't take much time getting to the scares but sadly while they were effective when they happened they just didn't happen very often. This movie is beautifully shot and edited as expected from a James Wan film, but this time around the story setup just wasn't as gripping as you'd expect from a James Wan movie. Once you get the big twist the movie dials up the camp, blood, and action to 11 and doesn't apologize for it, I honestly did kinda see the twist coming by the time you get there but that's not saying I completely understood what the details of the twist were going to be, and it was still shocking. I had some real fun with this movie and James Wan once again does prove why he is who he is today, but I wouldn't say that this is his next Saw or The Conjuring but it is worth checking out if you're a James Wan fan or horror movie buff.
Dunkirk is a solid war film and a must-watch for any Nolan enthusiasts or war film purest, but for a Director who I had always said, "Christopher Nolan should make a World War 2 movie" and who had the perfect style of dark, gritty, and envelope-pushing material...I sure was let down by this movie. Upon first viewing, this movie can be needlessly confusing, which is nothing new for a Nolan film but where movies like Interstellar, Inception, or Memento can benefit from being a little confusing forcing the audience to figure it out themselves. But a war film like Dunkirk doesn't really benefit from this style of storytelling, it's a very suspenseful movie at times but loses all of that by not delivering on any consequences for the characters.
Tim Burton's second and last installment into his version of The Dark Knight's adventures is much more of a Burton film than a Batman film or a superhero movie, it's obvious that WB let me cut loose a little more with this one do doubt thanks to the success of Batman (1989). While I enjoy a good Tim Burton movie as much as the next film critic/filmmaker but at times (especially in this movie) Burton tends to lean towards the bizarre of his style of writing. This is still a good Batman movie and among the best of Tim Burton's films, however in comparison to Batman (1989) it kind of drops the torch here and there. This movie has a bit of an uneven tone, at times it's dark and gritty then it can be bizarre and campy. Leaving you to wonder who the target demographic was, but if you're a fan of Batman, Tim Burton, or comic book movies in general then I recommend this movie!
Batman (1989) is an American classic, thanks to movies like Richard Donner's Superman movies and Tim Burton's Batman movies we have the modern-day superhero genre, those aren't the only movies that contributed to that there's also Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies, Bryan Singer's X-Men movies, and David S. Goyer's Blade trilogy. This Batman movie encapsulates everything that made Batman great at the time and took all of the lore and history to craft what many people still think of as the definitive Batman movie. Much like what we're experiencing right now with Matt Reeve's The Batman the general audiences of 1989 protested the casting of Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, so it's funny to think that today people are ecstatic about Michael Keaton returning to reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming The Flash movie. Michael Keaton's Batman and Jack Nicholson's Joker light up the screen with their electric chemistry, although this movie doesn't have the best action scenes in a Batman movie that we've ever seen it does still hold up very well. If you've never seen Burton's version of The Dark Knight then I suggest you go out of your way to give it a watch, it's also a must-see for any fan of Batman or Tim Burton.
What an absolutely fantastically terrifying movie, Hereditary has managed to accomplish what very few movies can when it comes to me and that makes me so uneasy and scared that immediately after my first viewing when I was asked if I wanted to watch it again my reaction at the very thought of watching it a second time sounded emotionally taxing, this is one of those few movies I've found in my lifetime that has managed to disturb me to the point that a 2nd viewing sounded like a dedicated commitment to emotionally and mentally torturing myself. This movie is truly worthy of Academy attention in my own personal opinion but unfortunately for whatever reasons the Academy refuses to acknowledge the horror genre as an Academy Award-worthy genre, it's immediately apparent that the director is a true master of his craft and shows a profound and deep understanding of the filmmaking process. This movie makes an effort to earn and pay off the scares that are set up rather than just throwing lazy jump scares at you relentlessly, so if you're hoping for an endless stream of jump scares constantly thrown at the screen accompanied by a loud sound in attempts to shock you without any earned rational sense of fear, then this is not the movie for you. Hereditary tackles deep and serious themes within the story being told, even tackling themes such as mourning and mental illness all while telling a compelling story with genuine earned scares. What more could you want out of a horror film, Hereditary will be hailed as a horror classic and compared with horror icons like The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, and The Omen. An absolute must-watch for avid horror movie fans.