Archives - Jotham Vega

‘Yahha’: As experimental as the Soviet Rock scene

The perfect way to say what this film is in between, but not fully, in the states of narrative film, documentary, or even experimentalism.

Pinocchio (2022): Disney wished on another wrong star

I cannot find any joy in this film, even as a guilty pleasure. I find nothing but pure unadulterated nihilism.

‘Elvis’: I Can’t Help Falling in Boredom With Him

The film spans the entire life of Elvis without ever asking the question: What new insight can I add to a life already as exceptional as his?

Ambulance: Is Michael Bay having fun again?

I would really despise this film if it tried to be deeper than it really is. But Bay made an engaging film that doesn’t let go of you until the final piece of tension breaks.

Last Night in Soho: Edgar Wright is the master of comedy

In its role as a dramatic first in Edgar Wright’s career, this film disappointed. It stands as a better example of a genre it doesn’t want to be — comedy — than of a thriller.

“The Matrix Resurrections:” How deep does the mundaneness go?

It seems like director Lana Wachowski really tried to  throw every idea against the wall to see what sticks. However, when some ideas fell off the wall, she forced them to stick anyway.

Eternals’ pain on the critic’s mind

The writers really expected us to care about heroes that we just met and are only given short scenes to get to know.  There are literally 10 characters in the Eternals, and none of them are prioritized over the end of the world story where *SPOILER ALERT* the world doesn’t end.

“Cruella”: a case study in imposter syndrome

How is it that, in a world where people are more aware of identity and mental health, people don't notice when a film tries peddle itself off as unique when it's really trying to hide it's own ignorance?

Spencer: All work and no play makes Diana a dull girl

While I initially regretted never being able to see "The Shining" in its intended 1:66:1 aspect ratio, watching "Spencer" use it so chillingly has allowed me to finally forgive myself.

‘Shang-Chi’ serves comedy of the worst kind

“Shang-Chi” is a waste of time. The writers thought they were making some drama regarding intergenerational conflict, accepting your past, and unhealthy obsessions. But if you really want to explore these themes, just watch Yasujiro Ozu films, because the “Shang-Chi” writers treat these topics with a severe lack of sensitivity.