Beach has written 61 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Scorpio Rising

    Scorpio Rising

    ★★★★★

    Utterly enthralled by the way this movie uses icon and myth, hits like a sledgehammer and is equally as loaded. Masculinity & id so fetishised it becomes artillery. We're stronger together, that's what makes us so dangerous. Death rides a steel and aluminium steed fuelled by American pop cult.

  • Tongues Untied

    Tongues Untied

    ★★★★★

    "I will swallow that hurt, and, should I speak of it, will vocalize only the anger... Some of the anger will be exorcised, but the hurt, which has not been given a voice, prevails and accumulates... But as I've learned to mute my cries of anguish, so have I learned to squelch my exclamations of joy."

    Genuinely provocative spoken world portrait of gay black love.
    It's seductive to use words like authentic and vulnerable and brave to rightfully describe Tongues…

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★★

    One of the most stunningly directed films I think I've ever seen. Nearly every scene and shot setup made me ask myself "how did he think of that?", the momentum is in sheer freefall right to the end and is dense with wonderful naturalistic performances throughout. Love when I get a new all-time favourite the exact day I learn of the movie's existence lol.

  • Kid's Story

    Kid's Story

    ★★★★★

    This Animatrix short kind of blew me away, some of the most sublime animation work I've ever seen. Meticulously detailed and still filled with utterly inspired explosions of kinetic energy. The skateboard sequence unafraid to bend and warp and contort, pulsing out of proportion with lust for life. Immediately a new favourite animation from across the entire medium, raw unbridled skill and dedication to the craft.

  • The Man Who Would Never Be, What They Made Him To Be

    The Man Who Would Never Be, What They Made Him To Be

    ★★★★★

    "Snake eyes."
    "You rolled a five and a one."
    "Hell yeah."

    Someone, please put the actual final cut of this skit on Youtube please I am begging.

  • The Heroic Trio

    The Heroic Trio

    ★★★★★

    babies falling out of hospital windows at terminal velocity and catching them with throwing knives & the most insane high wire stunts you've ever seen - these are the real super heroes n they wear their thongs over their leather pants. filled with a lust for life, molten hot blood and the stylish kinetic energy that other directors have clearly been taking liberal notes from to lesser effect (t*rantino). been a minute since i've seen a movie that banged this hard,…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    There is so much in this film that makes you think you’re watching one of the greatest of all time. That ending left me breathless and numb.

  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★★

    Complete banger from start to finish. Who the hell listens to lyrics anyway?

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★★★

    Slap this on and just have a great time. I already loved this thing to death, but after watching Godzilla Vs. King Kong, I actually appreciate it that much more. Oh, how wonderful it is for the camera to actually know what to look at, for the screenwriters to permit their characters to breathe and experience fulfilling arcs.

    Skull Island radiates with confidence and power as unstoppable as its pacing, and it is completely earned. The action setpieces are so…

  • Fitzcarraldo

    Fitzcarraldo

    ★★★★★

    I did that once

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★★

    The moment I see this available in a theatre I am jumping on the opportunity to rewatch it. Conveys scale, heat, population and industrial might better than any movie I've ever seen and it is completely spiritually devastating.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    It's just so annoying how idealism and sentimentalism can destroy me. Between this and Meet John Doe, I sincerely think I need more Frank Capra in my life, an actor and director who embodies the act of actively choosing the short straw if it can help others. Great stuff. An hour of cold setup for an ending that dismantled me - as signalled by the very first moments of the film; constellations, making us feel infinitely small. As it plays out, it proves how important our role in this little world really is.