Hello, my name is Sean Patrick He/Him, and I am a film critic and podcast host for Everyone's a Critic Movie Review Podcast. I am a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the group behind the annual Critics Choice Awards.
Movie Review: 'Twist'
Few movies scream ‘How do you do fellow kids’ louder than the new action comedy Twist. Twist takes pieces of Charles Dickens’ literary legend and crosses it with parkour and a pop soundtrack, along with several nods to Banksy, to hip up the Dickens classic. Because of course, the last thing kids want is to read a book that has stood the test of time as a classic work of literature for more than a century.
Movie Review: 'The Five Rules of Success'
The Five Rules of Success stars Santiago Segura as X, a man who has just been paroled. We are not initially told why X was in jail but the movie indicates that he’s spent most of his formative years behind bars. X has no family and few prospects but he does have a set of rules to live by. X has spent his time behind bars on self improvement and that includes creating his own set of rules to live by that he believes will make him a success in the outside world.
Top 5 Movies in the State of Iowa
Being from Iowa, I am used to having my home state overlooked by Hollywood. Iowa is literally the center of so-called ‘Fly-over Country.’ It’s a state many in Hollywood can’t even locate on a map so, naturally, making movies in Iowa isn’t a priority. That said, there have been dozens of feature films set in the state of Iowa and some of those movies are pretty good. Here is my Top 5 Countdowns of movies set in Iowa.
Classic Movie Review: 'Lady in the Water'
With the release of Old, a strong success for M. Night Shyamalan, now seems like a good time to look back at his career. Thus, here's a reflection on Lady in the Water, Shyamalan's 2006 supernatural drama based on a bedtime story he told to his children. The film starred Bryce Dallas Howard, Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright and M. Night Shyamalan himself.
Movie Review: 'G.I Joe Origins: Snake Eyes'
I respect the people who put in the effort to make movies. I recognize the Herculean task of trying to form words, actions, captured in image, into a fashion that is coherent and satisfyingly entertaining for mass consumption. What these people do is nothing short of a miracle. That said, when images fail to cohere and my time is spent enduring the incoherent, I get frustrated, and I feel the need to write about that frustration.
Movie Review: M Night Shyamalan's 'Old' (Spoiler Review)
Old stars Vicky Krieps and Gael Garcia Bernal as Prisca and Guy Capps, a married couple on the rocks. Prisca and Guy are approaching a separation just as Prisca is dealing with a a potentially cancerous tumor and the potential of an early death. The two have won an all expenses paid trip to an island paradise via a contest they weren’t even aware they were part of. So, they pack up themselves and their two kids, daughter Maddox 11, and son Trent 6.
Documentary Review: 'Woodstock 99 Peace, Love, and Rage'
Reliving the terrible memory I have of Woodstock 99 in the new HBO/Bill Simmons documentary, Woodstock Love, Peace, and Rage, made my skin crawl. It’s a memory I had apparently repressed all of these years. I wasn’t at Woodstock 99 but I recall laughing at the hubristic spectacle as it devolved beyond the simplistic metaphor of Lord of the Flies and into a genuine modern tragedy. I took dark comic pleasure, schadenfreude, while enjoying the spectacular failure of Woodstock 99 and remembering that now upsets me.
Movie Review: 'Midnight in the Switchgrass'
Midnight in the Switchgrass stars Emile Hirsch as Detective Crawford, an investigator for the Florida Department of Criminal Investigation. Crawford is convinced that a serial killer is operating on the outskirts of Pensacola but he can’t prove it. The local cops aren’t interested because the victims are sex workers. Also, the killer’s M.O. is inconsistent, thus proving one man was behind each of the murders proves difficult.