matt has written 235 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    ★★★★½

    I mean, is STAGECOACH. Honestly I'm more of a Hawks man and this isn't even close to my favorite Ford (WAGON MASTER, if you're interested) but it's a glorious upping-the-ante in the archetype department, one that held on through spiritual and formal innovators like Mann and Peckinpah, and oh man those stunts and well it just rips. Thomas Mitchell in this might be my spirit animal.

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★½

    The prom is De Palma's original Odessa Steps.

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★★½

    I mean the movie's entire thesis is that we were thirsty for revenge and we went to extreme lengths to get it. Eventually -- almost accidentally -- we got it. Then that sliver of "justice" irrevocably upended every single value we hold for ourselves, so now what?

    We did this shit, and this is what it means for us.

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★½

    Easy to forget that this became the template for the genre it reinvented, but beyond that it's a spectacular piece of provocation and confidence.

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    ★★★★½

    A near-perfect naval adventure movie.

  • City of Hope

    City of Hope

    ★★★★½

    "Politically speaking, it doesn't matter."
    "It matters to me."

    Not remotely less powerful or insightful in the face of everything that followed its path. Sayles made more galvanic work before and since but this remains his purest mission statement.

  • Zero Effect

    Zero Effect

    ★★★★½

    Daniel Plainview as Sherlock Holmes.
    Bill Pullman's greatest performance.
    "Malgorium."

  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★★★½

    "I forgot how big."

  • King of New York

    King of New York

    ★★★★½

    Never sacrifices thrills or atmosphere or style, never skips one opportunity for digression, never misses any chance to shock, doesn't sell short a single member of its incredibly stacked cast of future stars -- not to mention Walken's absolutely towering performance -- and still has time for a stinging critique of white capital's exploitation of black labor. It's weird that I don't watch this like four times a year.

  • 6 Underground

    6 Underground

    ★★★★½

    "You ever wonder what it would be like to do the thing you were put on this Earth to do?"

    Exploding plastic inevitable. The greatest, tackiest, most reprehensible lizard-brain dipshit maximalist action epic in I can't even tell you forever how long. I could barely tell you what happens in it. Bay has surpassed himself. Pretty much what movies are for.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    A different time.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Almost famous