Aja has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • Over the Moon

    Over the Moon


    Love the fact that this has the feel of a 90s Disney movie without it being a 90s Disney movie...even without the typical "happily ever after." I think it's more so due to how it treats loneliness, mourning, and moving on very well for children and adults alike. On top of that, we still have some typical tropes that aren't too badly done; I am grateful that at least the comedy relief has some development besides his jokes (which are…

  • Get on the Bus

    Get on the Bus


    While this is very much a "[insert specific group of people] who come from different walks of life partaking a journey together" kind of film, it does what its intended to do in inviting the viewer to journey through their thoughts and actions. The good thing is that some of the discussions in the film still hold up even now, which isn't always found in every film of its kind.

  • Lu Over the Wall

    Lu Over the Wall


    An entertaining film with some familiar tropes, but it has some interesting takes on merpeople lore. Very enjoyable for anyone who loves some goofy antics and friendship & family stories.

  • Day of Wrath

    Day of Wrath


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

    Fascinating. Nothing less I would expect from Dreyer, honestly.

    I've come to a point that my brand of faith based films are either hopeful or dreary but always complex. Dreyer really delivers the latter to where I can enjoy this brand of mine.

    It's also interesting that this time, there's actual witches in this one rather than just a false accusation alone. It adds on to the truly haunting supernatural atmosphere of the film all the characters feel due to…

  • Blackfish



    A very sobering documentary on captive orcas. I find them so fascinating, yet the cost of how people got fascinated with them is too great to keep them for entertainment.

  • The Willoughbys

    The Willoughbys


    Enjoyed just about every minute of this one from the characters, plot, and the overall aesthetic. Everything comes together well in this film.

  • The Rachel Divide

    The Rachel Divide


    Whew. Didn't expect to watch this, but this was a lot.

    As a documentary, this was well done from the interviews, news clips, and even the b-roll.

    To look at her as a person is hard. She has done some spectacular lying on her part in being "black" as she sees it, on top of how the black people who do stand beside her do so slightly reluctantly when they know the truth. On the other hand, her & her sibling's…

  • Like Water for Chocolate

    Like Water for Chocolate


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

    This was so wild. I sensed that this was gonna be a magical realism film in the way that Jane the Virgin used magical realism within its telenovela, so this was gonna be more than what I was to imagine.

    With that in mind, the genre makes sense of why the movie is the way it is. If you're in for the fantastical within reality's drama, then it's the movie for you, especially if you love *Anne Shirley-Cuthbert voice* a…

  • Nine to Five

    Nine to Five


    This was definitely a film I didn't expect much out of, but it had a lot of great comedy of its time. I loved the fact that it was creative in building the women's friendship over time in and out the workplace. My favorite were their dream/fantasy sequences that were really goofy, cool, yet still incredibly relatable.

    This was also my first movie featuring Jane Fonda & Dolly Parton that I can remember, and they were a delight, especially Dolly. Parton's…