IIHA has written 27 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2020.

  • Selah and the Spades

    Selah and the Spades

    ★★★½

    The two leading ladies had amazing chemistry and I hope we see lots more of them both in the future. The film had a great vibe to it and there were a lot of really pretty pictures. I just wish the screenplay was as good as the rest of the film.

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★½

    I just kept thinking I was supposed to like this movie more than I did. But it just made me irritated, especially after also having a long work day.

  • Troop Zero

    Troop Zero

    ★★★½

    I love the Birdies of Tripp Zero. Those are 5 darn cute child actors. Who doesn’t love a musical number that ends with urination?

  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★★½

    Moss and Stuhlbarg give outstanding performances in a film that doesn’t quite match their intensity.

  • Women in Love

    Women in Love

    ★★★½

    You know what I love?
    That Glenda Jackson won an Oscar for scaring a herd of cows with interpretive dance.

  • Blow the Man Down

    Blow the Man Down

    ★★★½

    This was entertaining enough, but it left a lot of plot points unresolved. My favorite part was the bossy squad of old ladies that thought they knew better than everyone else.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★½

    There is really no other film like this one...
    Except maybe the remake, but that is it’s own dance fueled incantation. 
    I was initially put off by the dubbing, but over the course of the film it added another twisted layer to the horror. I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
    The sound was grating and overpowering especially during death scenes, but I assume it was intentional. The lavishly adorned sets and masterful lighting were easily my favorite part.

  • Hair

    Hair

    ★★★½

    Love the music, but it would be a better use of your time to listen to the broadway recording. Either the original or revival would do. I enjoyed the movie, it just seemed really PG compared to seeing it staged. The movie was also oddly cast.

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★½

    Curiosity killed the...crew. If the cat was killed it would have been irredeemable. But what is a cat doing in outer space in the first place? I know, I’m totally missing the point.  Alien was suspenseful and a little gross, but Sigourney kicked some major ass. Plus, it is an excellent precautionary tale of what happens when you ignore quarantine protocols.

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★½

    I jumped, I gasped, and I even let out a yelp or two, but it was more from surprise than any sense of suspense. It was a lot scarier in the  beginning when women and children were dying.  But the tale became totally implausible around the midway point. I mean, seriously, a shark with a vendetta against 3 men on a boat? I will say that idiot Quint got what he had coming to him. The moment he smashed the radio was when I started cheering on the fish. Dreyfus and Schneider had good chemistry and kept me involved enough to wait for the happy(ish) ending.

  • La Cage aux Folles

    La Cage aux Folles

    ★★★½

    Cute, cute, cute. This film was absurdly overflowing with love! I avoided watching this because I felt the American remake was a giant disingenuous  caricature. But the characters work in the context of St. Tropez in the late 70s. There was a sweeter, tangible love between the central characters.

  • Love at First Fight

    Love at First Fight

    ★★★½

    Watched this primarily because of my new fascination with Adèle Haenel. It was an original spin on the familiar boy meets girl story. Nothing groundbreaking, but worth the watch.