Jesse_Wroe has written 16 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2017.

  • Under Electric Clouds

    Under Electric Clouds

    ★★★★½

    Excellent. A fitting companion to "A Touch of Sin."

  • Under the Sun

    Under the Sun

    ★★★★½

    "We know nobody but you, Great Comrade Kim Jung-un."

    Watch a work of fiction pretending to be real, interspersed with scenes of the propaganda contrived on the spot. The word "Orwellian" easily comes to mind. The shot before the credits is devastating: life in the capital of North Korea is sad and mindless.

    This is the second documentary I've watched this year that showed civilian life under autocratic rule (the other was "Homeland: Iraq Year Zero" which depicted Saddam Hussein's…

  • From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses

    From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses

    ★★★★½

    An excellent historical and analytical look at films of the Weimar era.

  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★★½

    Haven't seen this in a while. I liked revisiting it! Still think it's a near-perfect movie.

    The difference between the Kino Video DVD and the Kino Lorber blu-ray is cool. What a lovely looking movie. Reminds me of Kieslowski's "The Double Life of Veronique."

  • The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

    The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

    ★★★★½

    My enthusiasm for this movie is like 4 stars, but it has no faults and accomplishes everything it wants to, so I have to give it more credit.

    It's a Cold War parable: Men on all national sides are assets, pure utilities in a game among many players, whom may end up in an operation different the one in which they started—the cost of keeping the West safe.

    I'm not entirely sure of the worldview of all this, or where…

  • A German Youth

    A German Youth

    ★★★★½

    I like this idea of a pipeline from radical student filmmaking to domestic terrorism.

  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

    ★★★★½

    Henceforth, Donald Trump shall be named Herr Garbage.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★½

    Still one of my favorite horror movies. Watching the 4K DCP on the big screen was loads of fun.

  • Re-Animator

    Re-Animator

    ★★★★½

    Unrated Version (86 minutes) from Arrow Video's 4k restoration (presented in 1080p)

  • David Lynch: The Art Life

    David Lynch: The Art Life

    ★★★★½

    David’s friend: “Nobody walks out on [Bob] Dylan!”

    David: “I walked out on Dylan. Get the fuck outta here!”

    My guy. Loved this documentary. Not as amazing as Crumb, but in that vein.

  • La Ceremonie

    La Ceremonie

    ★★★★½

    If Beavis and Butt-head had class consciousness and were played by the best French actresses in a conventional reinterpretation of Funny Games, you'd get something like this. There's disdain in front and behind the camera. It pretends it isn't uppity as it dabbles in nefarious Marxism, but at least it's not so serious as to avoid humor—it bathes in it. Very odd, funny, and carelessly nasty.

    I watched this at FilmStruck.

  • Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal

    Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal

    ★★★★½

    Amazing

    Watched this at Fandor (also available at Amazon Prime).