Aja has written 8 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Devotion

    Devotion

    ★★★

    Emily! It's me, Charlotte! I'm home now!
    I'm soo-oo-oo cold! Lemme come through the door now!

  • Kiss Me Kate

    Kiss Me Kate

    ★★★

    I was already familiar with Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew from a production featuring Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor because a friend of mine was watching for her class on Shakespeare, so I knew what to expect. On top of that, I remembered seeing a commercial for this specific film some months before while I was on break in school, which did include the absolutely cringy spanking scene.

    Though this screenplay was written by a woman, the sexism is still…

  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest

    ★★★

    I knew the jokes from the film, but whew...that was quite a ride. Though I watched this with commercials, it did feel a little too long.

    Otherwise, it was interesting to watch. I do remember enjoying Crawford's performances in Mildred Pierce and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, so to see her in a different light by one of her own children was a surprise. At least, enough to know that Christina's view of her made her to be too good…

  • The Goddess of Spring

    The Goddess of Spring

    ★★★

    A delightful, loosely-adapted musical (or should I say opera?) of Hades & Persephone.

    Not gonna lie, I felt so sad for that little crying dear and the bunnies...Otherwise, I really liked the character design of the animals and Persephone a lot.

  • The Pirate

    The Pirate

    ★★★

    Despite the fact that this is a Cuban tale with Euro-American actors, there' still a lot to enjoy about this film: Judy Garland & Gene Kelly's Slap Slap Kiss Kiss dynamic (which can also be equally groaned about), Gene Kelly's outfits (as well as everyone else's but especially his, and the music & dancing in itself (especially when the Nicholas Brothers do the specialty dancing). Also, props to the fact that Judy plays such a sharp female protagonist who isn't all the…

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    ★★★

    What's interesting is that upon this rewatch of the film, the subtle humor gets funnier and funnier, the characterization more enjoyable...and the romance gets more endearing.

  • Do I Sound Gay?

    Do I Sound Gay?

    ★★★

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

    This was an interesting exploration of this question by the director himself, and I must say that it really depends on whether or not someone really cares about "sounding" gay or not. The conclusion he gets to is fair enough, although some people who watch this may be questioning why he struggles with sounding the way he does...with some frustration.

    Aside from how it is as a film, I lowkey regret watching this with my mom for a 3 briefly…

  • The Players Club

    The Players Club

    ★★★

    This film really puts you through a rollercoaster ride, but when you understand that it plays on a lot of irony and dark humor, it makes for a better film than you think, especially with its resolution.