RSS feed for KateSherrod

KateSherrod has written 32 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Perceval

    Perceval

    ★★★★

    This is such an unusual film! To watch it is to feel one is attending a ritual straight out of Jesse L. Weston's book. Stylized, artificial, cerebral, it engages like no other.

  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

    ★★★★

    First time seeing this since I caught its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It holds up brilliantly, first and foremost as a crazy 80s style action flick XD

  • My Scientology Movie

    My Scientology Movie

    ★★★★

    I actually prefer this one too Going Clear in artistic terms. I like the device of simultaneously telling a story and showing us how you're telling the story (e.g. casting/auditions, discussions about logistics, etc). The tension between the filmmaker and his primary source was especially interesting and absorbing. I didn't learn anything new, but I got a new way of experiencing what I'd learned elsewhere. A good effort.

  • Pontypool

    Pontypool

    ★★★★

    Be sure to watch all the way to the end of this most cerebrally strange of horror films. A straight up adaptation of the novel would probably not be as eerily effective as setting it in a radio station. An inspired choice!

  • John Dies at the End

    John Dies at the End

    ★★★★

    I'm a fan of the books and find this a satisfying adaptation of the first one, changes and all.

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Zac Snyder needs to go, but even he couldn't ruin this film, which lives up to all the hype, positive and negative.

  • Europa

    Europa

    ★★★★

    This visually striking, often beautiful, film opened my eyes to a situation I'd never really given much thought to -- what life was like in Germany immediately following WWII. The sense of shock and of guilt, the material deprivation and devastation... It's all thrown into sharp relief here as our hero, a German-American pacifist, returns to Germany to work as, of all things, a train conductor. His travels being him into the orbit of a prominent industrial family as well…

  • Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

    Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

    ★★★★

    The intervals with sexologists, criminologists and coroners will make it hard not to think of Rocky Horror at times, but this earthy, off-kilter case study of the " modern" (1967) city girl in, maybe Sarajevo?, is very much its own thing. Eva Ras is so adorable that today they'd cast her as Supergirl, while Slobodan Aligrudnic has a sweet, undernourished charm of his own. What stole the film for me, though, was the setting, a city beyond the Iron Curtain…

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★★

    For a film whose central message seems to be that it's easier to fantasize a whole bizarre yet fulfilling relationship with a corpse that washed up on a beach than to talk to a lady, this is surprisingly enjoyable. Even if you don't think farts are especially funny on the whole. They are here, brothers and sisters. They are here.

    Except when they're kind of tragic?

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★

    I always forget how long this film runs before there's any actual dialogue. We even manage to learn the lesson character's name without anyone speaking. It could be a silent film.

  • What Was Ours

    What Was Ours

    ★★★★

    How does it feel to have to ask to borrow your own culture's artifacts from museums just so you can teach the next generation? This shirt film explores that question sensitively and unflinchingly as it follows three Native Americans from my home state ( that was also originally theirs, if it was anyone's) as they deal with just that.Kudos to Matt Hames.

  • HyperNormalisation

    HyperNormalisation

    ★★★★

    Another great effort in Adam Curtis' ongoing effort to Explain Everything. Especially trippy to watch alongside, say, Generation P...