AliBouzari has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2020.

  • Pontypool

    Pontypool

    ★★★★½

    I have watched this absolute marvel of Cinema a couple of times, enjoyed it every time. I enjoy it just a touch more because it was made on a low-budget. Pontypool keep a very decent pace, and masterfully involves you in the mystery because of unexpectedly it starts to scare you; but the horror has some humor to it a well. The cast is amazing all around but boy that Stephen McHattie, he's something else, I believe he somehow manages…

  • Brother

    Brother

    ★★★★½

    I have been through quite a few Takeshi films in the last couple of months. Except two or three mediocre ones, they've been all good. The humor is always enjoyable, and boy have I seen shitloads of cut-off fingers of all shapes and sizes.

    This, for me, is the best Takeshi Kitano film. It has richer dialogue, variety of characters with more personality, and some real sparks in the acting department. The brutality just clicked for me, it was the right amount. Finally in this film, he uses the score efficiently to go with the picture.

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★½

    I watched this movie yesterday, and it keeps coming back to me, I think about how beautiful every shot was, the color and framing is spectacular for most of the movie, it comes back to me the way “It follows”, ”Blade Runner 2046”, and “Only God Forgives” come back to haunt me once in a while.

    Pattinson has become stronger as an actor year after year, to imagine the range of characters he has pulled off in the last couple…

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    Napoleon Dynamite

    ★★★★½

    Most Jared Hess movies I watched after Napoleon Dynamite pale in comparison, and they are still good. It’s the pinnacle of indie comedy cinema, the juxtaposition of characters and how they pull it off is a true bliss. It doesn’t overcook the characters, they could exist just as they’re presented in their natural habitat. The camera shows us the mountainous landscape of Idaho as Napoleon stands with some very weird people eating and drinking everything made with eggs, the flies…

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★½

    The obscurity of the source of fear makes a horror movie more intimidating and daunting, but story and the acting has to back it up by creating the right atmosphere, this movie is the perfect execution of this. The colors and lights through out are chic and beautiful, it helps set the perfect tone to drift us further into the tension. Camera angles are masterful in most of the scenes, very creative work.

  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    ★★★★½

    It gave me the chills so many times my skin literally hurts; gripping, unsettling, ruthless, shocking. Next level on every level, an exceptionally unique work of art. It doesn’t try to define itself within an specific genre, it has a genre of its own, all lines between real and fantasy are blurred masterfully. I can only blabber and speak in tongues, now that it’s finished I finally breathe but still feel rather haunted by the immense intensity that creeps underneath every moment of this picture. It shouldn’t go unnoticed that Gyllenhaal plays a key part in setting the tone. Brilliant performance.

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    It’s a nail-biting trip that never stops. Every second is significant not necessarily because of the plot (1600 lives at stake) but by music and by camera Mendes creates a certain atmosphere filled with tension so all that you see matters. The movie is amazingly real, you could imagine yourself in their shoes and that really is rarity in war movies which are prone to exaggeration and political bias. There are just two young men, fatigued, hungry, homesick but they have to deliver at all costs.