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Demi has written 68 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    In January of 2018 I did a 2am tweet storm about how terrific I think Rian Johnson’s films are and how perfectly they all feel like they‘re tailored to my taste. Five months later, I ran into Rian on the street in my neighborhood and he recognized me because we follow each other on Twitter. (Feel free to roll your eyes and dismiss this whole thing as a pointless humblebrag, but it’s relevant.) We made plans to grab lunch a…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    One detail I noticed this time around is that Min and Mr. Park both react the same way to being asked if they like or love the people that they're romantically involved with– by laughing. And in Mr. Park's case, giving a sarcastic answer that undercuts his saying 'yes'. Min and Mr. Park are both seen as powerful figures deserving of respect, and the way they dismissively respond to an earnest question about whether they truly care for the people…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Good news for everyone who hates this film: this is the first time I've watched it that made me go "hmmm okay parts of this movie are very very corny." Bad news for those same people: I still think the opening is so beautiful and celebratory and exuberant in a way I want more movies to be, I still think Emma Stone is so fucking fantastic and deserved the Best Actress Oscar, and Damien Chazelle deserved his Best Director Oscar! This movie rules!!!!!!!!

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    I saw someone on Twitter doing that annoying thing where they sneer at the idea that a movie that people love really could be as good as they say and then asking for more opinions, hoping to find just one person who says something like "it was fine" and then latch onto that one take as the definitive proof that there's some sort of conspiracy (?) to declare a film as great when it's actually "just fine." It's a very…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

    “I feel bad for her because she’s about to cry. I can always tell when adults are about to cry.”


    I’ve seen this movie four times now because I think it’s fun to feel my heart break a little more and more each time I watch it. The hero shot of Bobby walking out of the electrical closet after fixing the power and being cheered on by the motel is my new favorite moment on this watch.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Watched the score-only version of this movie and it still absolutely fucking rules. I honestly feel like every scene makes me go "oh shit! I forgot all about how great this was."

    • Paige Tico's heroic moment in the opening scene absolutely works on me, and it's wild how such a minor character sticks with me every time I watch this movie.

    • I love the porgs. I love them.

    • Wise old hermit legend Luke on his mountain is…

  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting

    ★★★★★

    • Tisha Campbell, much like everyone else in Martin, is an American treasure. She's not in enough movies. She has one scene in this movie and she nearly runs away with the damn thing. I think about her delivery of "he makes me nervous" constantly. Come 2020, I will vote for whichever candidate enacts a law that requires filmmakers to ask Tisha Campbell if she wants to be in their movie.
    • The Utkarsh scorpion bowl scene is one of…

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★★★

    On my 8th viewing (i know) I think I can finally explain why I love this movie so much.

    This movie is an incredible portrait of American celebrity, classism, the media's treatment of women, love, and abuse, centered entirely around a well-known, well-hated figure. It gives you plenty of reasons to sympathize for this figure, but it doesn't try and exonerate her of her terrible personality or tell you she's a good person.

    I've heard many takes that the film…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Holy fucking shit. I can’t tell if this movie is a masterpiece or if Bong Joon-ho himself is the masterpiece.

    The poster for this film quotes David Ehrlich’s Indiewire review that says this solidifies his movies as a genre of their own, and he’s totally right. I couldn’t possibly place this into a solid genre, but every little genre it does dip into, it knocks out of the park. I loved it. I can’t stop thinking about it. I went…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★★

    I avoided all of the marketing for this first film past the first trailer that introduced us to Forky, and because of that I was fully ready to hate him. Even though I was combatively optimistic about this movie being great, and annoyed at every internet director who insisted that their hatred of sequels was a smarter bet than believing Pixar of all studios could make yet another good movie, I figured Forky would be a character that was played…

  • Toy Story 3

    Toy Story 3

    ★★★★★

    a selection of notes I took while watching Toy Story 3:

    • The imagination/play sequence in the beginning moved me sooooo much when I first say this movie in theatres. It just perfectly captures childlike wonder and imagination in a way I've only ever seen one other movie do (which I won’t mention by name bc it’s the twist of that movie, but I think everyone who's seen
 it knows what movie it is.)
    • The graphic upgrade in the…

  • Toy Story 2

    Toy Story 2

    ★★★★★

    a selection of notes i took while watching Toy Story 2:

    • It’s amazing that we were all shocked at how dark the third film was when the first two films in this series are also extremely depressing and existential. The 1st deals with Buzz’s hero delusion and identity crisis and this one deals with obsolescence and where a person belongs. Then you also deal with the conflict of duty towards your genetic family vs. your adoptive family, the preservation…