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matt has written 59 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2013.

  • Black Snake Moan

    Black Snake Moan

    ★★★★½

    Russ Meyer meets Jonathan Demme.

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★½

    "Make me good."

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★½

    the most excellent promise you can make.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★½

    "I want you to deal with your problems by becoming rich."

  • Sneakers

    Sneakers

    ★★★★½

    "Be a beacon?"

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★½

    "Yeah, that's a good one."

    malfeasance.

  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    ★★★★½

    O, I earned my keep and I paid me way,
    And I earned the gear that I was wearing;
    Sailed a million miles, caught ten million fishes,
    We were dreaming of the shoals of herring.

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    ★★★★½

    the sheriff who escorts you out of town

  • JFK

    JFK

    ★★★★½

    "No other object as been misidentified as a flying saucer more often than the planet Venus. Even the former leader of your United States of America, James Earl Carter, Jr., thought he saw a UFO once, but it's been proven that he only saw the planet Venus." -- Jesse "The Body" Ventura, episode 3X20 of "The X-Files", "Jose Chung's From Outer Space"

    "You got the right ta-ta but the wrong ho-ho." -- John Candy, this movie

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    ★★★★½

  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    ★★★★½

    acid psych-out ambivalence toward the Arthur-as-Christ backbone of this story. Boorman laments some bygone pagan natural harmony. almost a Judeo-Christian KWAIDAN by way of Hammer Studios, and brutally violent with an often clumsy physicality (appropriate for 60 pounds of anachronistic plate armor). a brilliant analog phantasmagoria so radiant in its artifice that it not-infrequently verges on camp. extra cool points for Nicol Williamsons's freaky ADR voice.

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    not just the ability to experience but the capacity for it.