RSS feed for Lisa

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Fosse/Verdon

    Fosse/Verdon

    ★★★★★

    Basically everything I want in a series. Michelle Williams, Sam Rockwell, faultless acting, innovative use of timeline and structure, complexity of the story mirroring the complexity of our characters and their relationships, artistic editing choices. More importantly, using the obvious context (the musicals everyone knows) only to enhance the character-driven narrative, not to act as a crutch or become the obvious focus. The series never loses focus and that's a triumph.

    I finished this series on Michelle Williams birthday, which was so extra.

  • Hail Satan?

    Hail Satan?

    ★★★

    This was fine. Didn't know a single thing about this group before watching, and satanists aren't what you think they are. A question raised was why are they called satanists if they have nothing to do with Satan. They don't have much of an answer other than "because there's no other word for it." If you strip down all the reasons behind joining satanism provided by the interviewees, it's an astute examination of the people who gravitate towards the group.

Popular reviews

More
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    ★★

    Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of my top 10 favorite films of all time. This adaptation was all wrong.

    I have to talk about these cameras. Do you think it's too much for our camera to flip, blur, rotate 190 degrees, shake, slow down, speed up, appear upside-down, and include a watery overlay, all potentially in the span of a brief 10 minutes? Good, me too. I think the show was actually making me nauseous at times.

    As for…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    As a lover of the 1991 film and admirer of Howard Ashman's talent, this was an abomination in my mind. The worst part was how they made lackluster additions to the beautiful original song lyrics. I was really disappointed in the setpieces and the enchanted objects. Hyper-realism doesn't work in a movie about magic.

    Most of all, watching this movie made me realize how beautifully and intelligently the original 1991 film was directed. This movie goes so far as to…