ClarksDad has written 47 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2020.

  • The Portrait of a Lady

    The Portrait of a Lady

    ★★★★★

    Henry James is impenetrable for most people, but this an excellent attempt to capture the feel of what’s beneath that dense prose. Hershey and Kidman are tremendous...Malkovich, well, he’s just too “villainous” to be believable. Depiction of airless, corseted 19th century blows lid off most period pics. The documentary on the blu ray, full of behind the scenes footage of this extremely difficult shoot...is almost as incredible as the movie.

  • Broadway Danny Rose

    Broadway Danny Rose

    ★★★★★

    Sitting here with a tear running down my face as the credits roll.

    What a beautiful ode to a world that's long gone.

  • Annie Hall

    Annie Hall

    ★★★★★

    This movie gets better as you get older. The more heart breaks and disappointments you’ve had...the better.

  • Radio Days

    Radio Days

    ★★★★★

    Come on. How did Mia Farrow not get an Oscar for this?

  • Blue Jasmine

    Blue Jasmine

    ★★★★★

    Great to see a masterpiece so late in a filmmakers life. I rank this among his top 5.

    Cate is a goddess. Can do no wrong (I’ll ignore Thor Ragnarok).

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    Genius (adj.) : filming a horror film in bright IB Technicolor, scoring it with the loudest avant- grade rock score imaginable, throwing in not one but *two* classic Hollywood actresses, turning the gore quotient to an 11, and filming it all in gorgeous widescreen.

  • A Letter to Three Wives

    A Letter to Three Wives

    ★★★★★

    So much to unpack in one movie. The torturous climb up the American social ladder was never portrayed with more wit and style.

  • The African Queen

    The African Queen

    ★★★★★

    The most inspired casting of the 20th century. Period.

    Hepburns memoir on the making of this is an absolute must (especially when she discusses pooping in the jungle).

  • Suddenly, Last Summer

    Suddenly, Last Summer

    ★★★★★

    Quintessential Liz, Creepy Kate, the (literal) ghost of Monty, lobotomies, and a dash of cannibalism and pedophilia.

    The 1950s, ladies and gentlemen, are officially over.

  • The Gay Divorcee

    The Gay Divorcee

    ★★★★★

    I can't remember if it was the movie that made me love classic movies...

    Or the movie that made me come out.

    There are some hilarious, CLEARLY screaming queens in this...AND Alice Brady, who is basically a drag queen herself.

    Fred Astaire is the only representative of "traditional" movie masculinity...and, I mean, he's not exactly John Wayne.

    Useless but essential trivia: Lillian Miles...who sings "The Continental"...is also in REEFER MADNESS.

  • The Band Wagon

    The Band Wagon

    ★★★★★

    God I love how wise and cynical and melancholy and just...New York...this movie is.

  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    ★★★★★

    It doesn't say very much for the 1930s studio system, but Hattie McDaniel's mammy role was the most significant, dignified, integral role for any black woman in a major Hollywood film to that point....and she remains the highlight of the movie (and received an Oscar).

    Even with its mountains of cultural baggage...that opening music still gives me chills, and I'm happy to kick back and watch all 4 hours anytime.