Aja has written 8 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2020.

  • To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

    To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You


    I see why everyone likes John Ambrose & that's so valid in this economy.

    Also...Lara Jean's growth...it's a good thing to see.

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before


    I don't have much of a high standard with teen films, but this was really refreshing to watch a teen romance film that doesn't feel too forced on some of its archetypes presented. Also, I'm glad it wasn't extremely cringy and juvenile to me as it could have potentially been.

    Glad one of my friends from college has good taste.

  • Lock Your Girls In

    Lock Your Girls In


    Pretty funny for its time. Some of the comedy is a bit slapstick based (no pun intended, sorry Fawzia!). The pacing can seem a bit slow in some parts, which explains how it's almost 4 hours. However, if you don't cringe in some parts with how the father disciplines his daughters sometimes, it's not that bad of a film. Much of the comedy is seen not only through what they say, but their personalities are very enjoyable to watch onscreen and even relatable (especially Soso!).

  • The Passion of Anna

    The Passion of Anna


    That was quite an experience; I watched this with Ulmann & von Sydow in mind who acted well in this toxic relationship (I saw Ulmann in Autumn Sonata & von Sydow in The Greatest Story Ever Told).

    T'is quite a disturbing film in its own way, yet captures much of human nature being destructive in trying to reconcile with itself from within and outside with others. Reminds me a bit of Neon Genesis Evangelion without the unusual cosmology & giant robots in its own way.

  • Road to Morocco

    Road to Morocco


    Gave me a lot more laughs than I expected.

    I heard of these Road To musicals thanks to someone's video essay about Dreamworks' The Road to El Dorado, and I definitely see much of the influence of this (and the others) for the Dreamworks classic.

    Soon enough, I'll get to watching Road to Utopia, and who knows, maybe the other ones as well.

  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness


    A hot mess of a docuseries. I felt like the apostle John when he saw the Whore of Babylon riding the Beast, and the angel told him to stop looking.

    But it's hard to look away from the sight.

    I think the most important thing to take away from this is the questionable ownership he and others have had over wild animals and what the animals deserve in care as well as the people employed/volunteering in those places (when you realize it, those workers were definitely exploited, no question).

  • Mr. Church

    Mr. Church


    This was a film that was on my watch list for a while on Netflix, so I tried to get a good watch out of it today.

    I wasn't disappointed.

    I'm a bit of a sucker for stories that spotlight friendship than romance sometimes because some friendships become more of a familial bond, and that's what this film does, whether one likes it or not. Maybe this film is a bit predictable, but it isn't trying to be complex as…

  • Holy Expectations

    Holy Expectations


    I don't think I've ever seen a Christian production make a modern version of the Nativity that was both hilarious & meaningful at the same time. It's virtually pretty clean for families, seeing that this is a biblical film (with parental supervision if you have youngins). If you're a person of faith who loves a musical comedy with vibrant characterizations of the principle figures of the Nativity, you're gonna like this film more than your average American Christian evangelical film.