Robert Wm. Gomez's

December 2017

The Last Jedi (8/10)

I went into this having avoided the trailers or anything that could potentially spoil this for me. Despite its flaws I really liked The Force Awakens and was excited to see the story continue. For the most part I enjoyed The Last Jedi, but the plot was extremely clunky. There's a whole section where Fin and annoying girl go to space Monte Carlo and rescue space horses. The entire fin plotline could be removed from the movie without consequence.

Grave of the Fireflies (7/10)

This classic Studio Ghibli cartoon is about the horrors of war. But it's really more about the horrors of a teenager who is too much of a stubborn jerk to get help for himself and his toddler sister.

To Build a Castle: My Life as a Dissenter by Vladimir Bukovsky (7/10)

A memoir of what living in The Soviet Union was like in the 60s and 70s. Bukovsky spent most of that time in prison camps and mental institutions. His big contribution was exposing the use of psychiatric evaluations to label dissenters as mentally unfit for trial. Despite being the harrowing nature of his predicaments, he makes it seem like routine daily life in the U.S.S.R.

Seven Chances (8/10)

I've never actually seen a Buster Keaton movie until this. Holds up very well and has some great scenes of Buster trying to outrun boulders and a mob of angry brides.

Room (8/10)

This starts as an engaging thriller and then tricks you by turning into a teary drama. A lot of the movie relies on an underwear-clad child actor and Brie Larson's zits. Both do outstanding work.