AliBouzari has written 21 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2020.

  • Spun

    Spun

    ★★★½

    Watching this last night I realized I had watched it many years ago, but forgot about the name and everything. I was a kid, and honestly couldn't connect with this trippy picture; minus the romantic whatever bits everything else feels like an amazing psychedelic journey, as unconventional as it gets are the relationships between characters, and cause and effect dynamic is far from anything logical. Bottom line is I'm a big fan of this trippy short shots camera work, so I really liked this one.

  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★½

    The Guest is one of those different kind of movies, it’s unconventional in its narration, taking it pretty methodically the first-half, turns into a fine action thriller the second half. The lead actor did pretty well to keep things interesting, he both looked and acted the part.


    Again, we’re not convinced why he's become the mad man he is now, but we just like to see him go nuts so it doesn't matter. The script sure as shit keeps it all very interesting.


    Last but not least, the soundtrack was chosen masterfully and I really enjoyed it, big thumbs up.

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★½

    There are tons of films with similar themes, and honestly, this could get lost in that pile very easily; but it stands out thanks to the strong acting, Shia is always entertaining to watch, but this one had a nice poisonous sting to it which I loved. Noah Jupe is as good as you expect a child actor to be, although Lucas Hedges doesn't have lots of face time, he still plays a big role in setting the tone, he is without a doubt one of the better actors of his generation.

  • Secret Window

    Secret Window

    ★★★½

    The movie builds up to an amazing last ten minutes, all the build-up pays off, and the little clues make sense. What's really important is to point out the psychological side of things as subtly as possible, and this movie does that. I can't say we don't have any movies that turn out like this, but what matters is, it leaves you amused if not surprised. Johnny Depp gives a very good performance minus the Southern accent. Although the marvelous…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★½

    After rewatching ”It Follows” a couple of times, I liked the movie more and more, stunning cinematography that gets you every time, so I was hyped to see how Robert Mitchell and Mike Gioulakis collaboration would turn out this time. 

    They managed to match cinematography flawlessly with this futuristic noire piece, and the score was innovative and appropriate at all times. Our smart but penniless protagonist gets caught up in a mystery, and the source of conspiracy is crazier that…

  • Tell No One

    Tell No One

    ★★★½

    Francois Cluzet really had to act for this one, which is something to appreciate, and for a french thriller it was a whole lot of thrilling; specifically because of the pacing, it was right on the money, although it’s a long movie. 

    There’s creativity in the chase scene, plus the action that takes place in the streets was realistic and unsettling. The mystery as to what’s going on is unraveled to us bit by bit, and although it’s a coherent…

  • Sorcerer

    Sorcerer

    ★★★½

    An expressionistic tale of a very weird part of lives of a couple of men, that their story intertwine, all of them fugitives. Although the script provided with flash backs to tell us more about characters, I felt alienated from them, it’s really hard to explain, maybe the idea of the story is too simple. But the details, man! that was good. How the trucks get stuck on the river in the storm and shouting, and rage, and absolute fear…

  • The Loved Ones

    The Loved Ones

    ★★★½

    The girl who played Lola Stone was hot as a mother! More than that she acted pretty good, she was intense and believable, like the rest of the cast. I laughed a lot instead of being scared. There's humor in the sad clingy mom attitude towards his son, calling him just as he's finished getting high. Although, mostly they're stock characters, and there's not much depth to them all, the film had my attention at all times.

    It's one freaky weird ass movie, it showed up in lots of "watch while you're high" lists; it lived up to the expectation, and then some.

  • Short Cuts

    Short Cuts

    ★★★½

    The first thirty minutes of the film sets up a certain tone that will carry you through the whole 3 hours, it seems like a rather expressionistic depiction of everyday life, you get the nonchalant narration and the real short cuts, it all works to give you this raw realism sensation which is unsettling and creative.

    The acting and the things that happen are somehow uncinematic, in a good way. Even when the action picks up and crazy stuff starts happening you don't feel like you're watching a film; in that sense, this is a unique experience.

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★½

    It's just the right amount of silly, it doesn't go overboard with black puke, blood, and bizarre evil features so that we totally lose interest in what's going to happen to these people; in that sense, it seems a bit more real than lots of other horror-comedies. The best thing about the movie is that it's fast-paced and the music helps set it up nicely, the soundtrack is always relevant.

    It's rather experimental with form so the picture feels uneven…

  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    ★★★½

    Three hours flew by suprisingly fast thanks to the beautiful cinematography along with masterful set design and costume design. Although the story takes place around the time of social upheaval, the whole picture has an air of tranquility about it, and it almost never takes sides, very objective in it's approach to depict political and moral tendencies. More than a historic epic, it's the story of a family, but make no mistake, it's an epic. Although I admit it's not…

  • A Moment of Innocence

    A Moment of Innocence

    ★★★½

    Tehran covered in snow made me feel a certain nostalgia I can't quite put to words, it was overwhelming. It's not just about the scenery, there's history, regrets, and a whole lot of could've-beens buried deep under the silent snow; there's this significant weight of severity and anticipation that resonates on each and every corner of this city which was captured beautifully in this movie. Overall, I believe he used the spaces very well to convey specific emotions.
    I never liked any of Makhmalbaf's movies but this one is really good, except for the symbolic cheesy ending.