Aja has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2020.

  • Say Amen, Somebody

    Say Amen, Somebody

    ★★★★★

    I grew up in historically Black Protestant churches, and this is a documentary within those traditions & everyone else outside that tradition should see. Great on both an educational and spiritual basis. Fantastic soundtrack. Also, I love the fact that everyone interviewed here seem like genuine Christian folk, flaws & all, and it doesn't seem like the crew does anything to make the cast seem exploited in any way with hidden motives. The film is what it really means to explore with…

  • The Nun's Story

    The Nun's Story

    ★★★★★

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

    Me: Thus saith the Lord: take a chill pill.

    Gabrielle/Sister Luke: //looks around, hesitant to speak during the Grand Silence but is disturbed by my presence coming out of nowhere// Who are you?

    Me: I'm you but as a non-monastic Protestant layperson with less theological insecurities from my teenage years.

    This film...I did not expect to relate so hard to this character. This whole movie is basically Christianity if it were based on works rather than grace through faith to…

  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★★★★

    Still as good as the first couple of times I've seen it. Something about religious/spiritual characters in a setting that challenges them, especially mentally & spiritually really attract me (though I'm a practicing Christian myself). The plot's build up, the costumes, the themes, everything in this movie reminds me of the literature we were all forced to read in high school except now as an adult it's actually enjoyable.

    I've watched Deborah Kerr in a few other movies, especially in Quo…

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini

    ★★★★★

    Such a sweet little film with a lot to think about from a child's perspective.

  • A Little Princess

    A Little Princess

    ★★★★★

    An awesome film that gladdens the heart of anyone who watches it, especially anyone who loves imagination, creative storytelling parallels, nice set design, and a great messages all around that's easy to understand because of how well it was demonstrated (without saying it outright). Makes me wish I watched this as a child, but even now as an adult, I appreciate it all the more.