Cinemology has written 51 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2018.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    I saw this in 3D and the visuals were phenomenal, animation is one of the rare things you could see in real 3D because they process the image twice instead of just cutting and spreading out a 2d image so it appears 3D. I’m not explaining this well, but google it. This movie weaves together so much information about Spider-Man and the broader spider universe without ever feeling like you’re reading a how-to manual on comic books. It’s nerdy presented…

  • Hunger

    Hunger

    ★★★★★

    I went in unknowing what would unfold in this Steve McQueen work from 10 years! ago. While initially disgusted by the acts taken by prisoners, aware of the dangers of working in the prison as a guard, very quickly the expectations are turned round and round on their head. Through suggestions of violence and indecent acts to the outright depiction of horror that the political prisoners were subjected to in the pursuit of the possibility their voices would be heard.…

  • The Lion in Winter

    The Lion in Winter

    ★★★★★

    A fascinating dramatization of one fateful Christmas, 1183. Immensely quotable and with acting and drama that shows resonate inspirations today. Most notably, the mother/sons dynamic was the main inspiration for Mom of Mom Corps and her children in the series Futurama. Burn Gorman has made a career out of basically impersonating Peter O'Toole's performance in this film and then finding a resonance suitable to a role. The score bares the kernels of inspiration for some of John Williams's finest work,…

  • Antonia

    Antonia

    ★★★★★

    Watched on MUBI

  • The Dead Nation

    The Dead Nation

    ★★★★★

    A slideshow of juxtaposed horrors- the smiling faces of the fascist people of Romania, families, children, in the lead up and throughout World War II and the sounds of the growing atrocities afflicted on the Jewish people of Romania during those same times. The crimes committed under the false guise of nationalism against those the people and their government have chosen to blame seems to be skewed by the outcome of the war. Romania fought the Soviets when they turned…

  • Giuseppe Makes a Movie

    Giuseppe Makes a Movie

    ★★★★★

    Part of being a filmmaker is wrestling with the perceived inadequacies of your ideas. That compares to “the greats” your trivial idea is not worth even pursuing. In opposition to that is a desire to make art, and I’ve heard many times over that the best way to make movies is to start. There is no better example of the “just start making movies with whatever you’ve got” mentality than Giuseppe Andrews and his dysfunctional troupe of truly independent filmmakers.…

  • Secret Sunshine

    Secret Sunshine

    ★★★★★

    A far from perfect yet very poignant portrait of a parent and child borne from tragedy being pressured by a small town trying to peddle their influences on the newcomers ultimately ending in tragedy upon tragedy. Has one of the most unique internal/external conflicts I’ve seen in a while, well worth watching. Wonderful cinematography throughout.

  • From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances

    From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances

    ★★★★★

    The perfect synthesis of drone footage, podcast/ASMR voice narration, identity as a construct, and slow-motion. What a weird treatise on modern cinema that draws you in literally and figuratively. Watched on MUBI

  • The Wolf House

    The Wolf House

    ★★★★★

    I watched it again and it just blows my minds the craft that went into this film. Symbolism and narrative are great but just the artistry alone is wonderful. Watched (again) on MUBI

  • The Wolf House

    The Wolf House

    ★★★★★

    I mean like, damn. The artistry is just haunting. The story so wild. If you want a happy ending hopefully you understand what a happy ending would look like because this film is relentless. These tape monsters will haunt you. Watched on MUBI

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part

    'Til Madness Do Us Part

    ★★★★★

    Oh wow. Nearly four hours about a year in an instiutional prison in China feels like torture. Watching people urinate and defecate on the floor, run around naked and bathe using buckets they also urinate into is a really humbling experience. Some inmates are in for murder, some for indecent acts against officials, some committed by family for what are loosely defined as "defects." In there, though, everyone is equal, and smoking passes the time. Or jogging a few laps.…

  • The Glass Note

    The Glass Note

    ★★★★★

    The CGI chair tripped me out but not as much as the realization that the parts that people touch don’t become polished, shiny, different, tarnished- those are the parts preserved from the original rendering due to biological upkeep. Fascinating. Watched on MUBI