Jesse_Wroe has written 26 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2018.

  • Roma



    A commendable work, high in artistic quality and competent direction. The modest and real are depicted at great depth and scale, reflecting the high drama that a seemingly simple life can reach.

    The visual economy is ripe and deliberate. Cuaron is a master of the long take: dynamic action and performance are natural and fluid, yet dense with variation and micro-plotted narrative. These takes make up scenes and moments that are quite stunning, even tragic. Curaon, working as the director…

  • Love Me Deadly

    Love Me Deadly


    Ignore the plot in the official listing. It gets it wrong.

    "Love Me Deadly" is about A WOMAN with necrophilia. She visits funerals to kiss the dead (see the double pun now?). At her regular funeral home, a mortician catches on to her, but he doesn't want to turn her in. He has similar tastes and will introduce her to activities of his own (which may be...). Then, she meets a real man who tries to love her the normal…

  • Five Easy Pieces

    Five Easy Pieces


    I did not expect this film to be so sad. Maybe it was my mood (I'm a diagnosed depressive). Or, maybe I didn't know enough about what I was getting into. Sometimes, a New Hollywood movie feels too old from my present moment.

    But "Five Easy Pieces" has at least two scenes that struck a deep chord in me. It oscillated violently. To paraphrase:

    How could somebody with a musical background give it up?

    How can somebody who loves nothing…

  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

    Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky


    Here in Salt Lake City, UT, we have what's called the Salt Lake Cinema Trash Night on the first Wednesday of every month at Brewvies. My friend hosts it to screen low budget cult films. For September of this year he chose "Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky," which delighted me because I hadn't seen the film in more than a decade. I used to own it on a Region 2 PAL dvd back then, but decided I wanted store credit…

  • Heli



    "Sicario" was pretty good, but I can't believe Dennis Villeneuve didn't watch "Heli" before he embarked on his cartel drama.

    "Heli" is stunning and simple. It's a micro look at the drug world of Mexico through one family's unintended entanglement with police corruption in the cartel network. The gaze is through the eyes of the poor, not law enforcement.

    It has some similarity to "No Country for Old Men" in this regard, but the characters are relatively modest and the…

  • Moebius



    As the Buddha once said, dick is suffering. Cum full circle.

  • Multiple Maniacs

    Multiple Maniacs


    The Highest Art

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond


    Fulci isn't as intellectual as Argento, but his mood will turn you into ooze. Loving this more and more, faults and all.

  • Society



    "The whole thing was WEIRD."


    I love this movie. One of the better films about the aristocracies of history.

  • Police, Adjective

    Police, Adjective


    I love any movie that makes police work look like a waste of time.

  • Police Python 357

    Police Python 357


    Riveting thriller. Great cinematography. Eerie score. Surprising turn of events. The ending does leave too much to interpretation, but it works on a storytelling level, it's jarring.

  • Threads



    The better cinematic version of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road." It's one of the bleakest films I've ever seen. The ending is totally fucked up.

    The story of "Threads" is very simple and has been discussed aplenty. The only thing worth mentioning after all that is whether it's effective. It sure is. I had to go on a walk once it finished; sunlight, greenery, strollers and shoppers, an active community, I had to see it. I needed the assurance that a…