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matt has written 775 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    "And that's what almost killed you."

    Obsession, love, grief, outer space: all the same airless, psychic crucibles, the scariest environments imaginable.

  • Rider on the Rain

    Rider on the Rain

    ★★★★

    Truly strange piece of almost-Eurocore, riddled with Alice in Wonderland references, about a woman trapped in a world where nobody notices or cares about her constant psychic suffering. It's only when she's assaulted, though, that she starts to really unravel, with the help of menacing detective Charles Bronson, who may or may not represent her subconscious desire to lash out. Convoluted and deliberately tonally erratic, with rape/revenge tropes colliding with almost whimsical meet-cute romance and even a bit of a jaunty caper plot thrown in. Never seen anything quite like this one.

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★

    "Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable."
    "But I still want one."

  • The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    ★★★★

    Sturges' unpretentious and ruthless economy aimed squarely at a sprawling caper film. Maybe his best movie.

  • War and Peace

    War and Peace

    ★★★★

    Could stand to lose about 20 minutes.

  • Wild Things

    Wild Things

    ★★★★

  • Too Old to Die Young

    Too Old to Die Young

    ★★★★

    The Goofus to Twin Peaks' Gallant, Refn's gorgeous, exhausting, monumentally self-absorbed set of his own kinks jaggedly merged with some dipshit prankster-ish commentary about violence, whether it be misogynist, vaguely spiritual, or the specifically American kind. Probably his most sprawling, stupid, totally entrancing hypnodrone yet.

  • Deadwood: The Movie

    Deadwood: The Movie

    ★★★★

    Let's not pretend this doesn't stand on some pedestal of history and sentiment. That thing being acknowledged, if it's all the same to you, here's a small treasure and a fitting fuckin' epitaph.

  • Avengement

    Avengement

    ★★★★

    Johnson's been refining his work now over an incredible run of innovative, idiosyncratic features, and he's finally really nailed it I think. The shifting chronology, the moral conundrum, the clunky verbosity, and don't forget the relentless, tangibly fleshy brutality...they all come together here. Adkins has been steadily claiming territory too, and as such this is another step up for him as a performer and actor. These two have become such a formidable team, the ultimate DTV auteurs.

  • Tombstone

    Tombstone

    ★★★★

    Come for the simple, violent, unreconstructed western goodness, stay for the absolutely stacked cast, toplined by...that's right, you guessed it...Frank Stallone!

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    Easily the weakest WICK; John's journey out of existential Hell is largely abandoned for an entire movie dedicated to writing itself out of the cliffhanger from the last one. But nobody's shooting action like this: the clean display of athleticism, the sheer vicious glee of the violence, the truly dazzling use of color and cornball symbolism. I'd love it if the part 4 that this is so clearly promising ditched the mythology and went back to basics, but I'd be lying if I said this wasn't an absolute blast.

  • Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

    Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

    ★★★★

    Classic HK period melodrama with an old-school Shaw vibe, both visually and narratively. Woo-ping hasn't lost even half a step; this thing is loaded with memorable, creative fight sequences featuring some tremendous wirework and his usual focus on his performers' athleticism and speed. If a better martial arts movie comes along this year I'll be shocked.