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Conlon has written 11 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2019.

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★★½

    This series is up there with Mission Impossible for "Series that I will watch every entry without knowing anything about them" because of their dedication to practical effects and fight choreography.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    An absolutely brutal viewing experience. I wasn't prepared for the rollercoaster of emotions that this film will walk you through, starting at basically minute one. Great subtle visual effects in the back half of the film that distract you just enough to make Aster's point. Some characters get their just deserts, but are we (the audience) the real monsters for wanting it so?

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    The Shape of Water is the narrative fairy tale, visual feast, and beautifully constructed fever dream of Del Toro, where secret labs have no security yet realistically large cleaning crews, Swamp Thing has a penis, and the deaf actress has the strongest performance of the cast.

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★½

    Blade Runner (Final Cut). Visually stunning sci-fi noir story still fantastic 45 years (!) later, Final Cut's removal of VO helps the ending immensely.

  • Monsters

    Monsters

    ★★★★½

    The grounded near-future world sets the stakes for a trek across the "Quarantine Zone" to the southern US border. Heavy on the allegory, but the film holds up (wrote this in 2017, but it's more true than ever now).

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    Suffice it to say that I am now a lifelong Wes Anderson fan.

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★★½

    This film is Conlon-bait: joyful, spectacular, and utterly incomprehensible as a film that was actually produced. Why is this the first western Pokemon film? Why is Loudred terrifying? Who let Pikachu drink coffee? So many questions, and so few answers that matter.

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★★½

    The bar to which all Godzilla movies should be held. Godzilla is a force of nature, a natural disaster, and not a defender of the Earth (or anything similar). I love kaiju films as much as the next angst-ridden teen, but 'Shin Godzilla' updates the moral messages of 'Godzilla' for an age of earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear power. Take that, Japanese government.

  • Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

    Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

    ★★★★½

    This fixes the largest problem I had with Iron Man 3. Entirely worth a watch.

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★★½

    The Post is the most exciting movie about a government leak I have ever seen. An incredibly talented cast and crew.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Eighth Grade was a hard film to watch—it explicitly poses the question, "If you've had Snapchat since fifth grade, is your brain fundamentally wired differently?" but leaves it to be answered by your reaction to the film itself. With its immensely relatable narratively, excellent cast & performances, the answer (in my opinion) is a tentative "No," but more interesting to me are what the film treats as background noise, most notably a school shooting drill. Moreover, Classes in general are left to the viewer's imagination.