Lois has written 59 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    I'm a bit late to the party but boy am I glad I came. This deeply disturbing psychological family horror delivers some of the greatest performances I've ever seen. Toni Collette and Alex Wolff in particular deliver amazing performances that were terrifying to watch. I'm not a huge horror fan but I can't help but enjoy Ari Aster's work. Aster has a way of utilising the camera that makes you feel even more on edge, never mind what is taking…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    1917 makes you feel like you're there. Packed into the trenches, running through the muddy water, standing on the battle field - it all feels real and intense. The amazingly executed long-take feels immersive and in constant motion, for better or worse. Although there isn't much character detail or development, you feel for them. Their triumphs make you feel euphoric while their defeats feel personal and unearned. One of my favourite and most logical uses of the long-shot techniques, I can't wait to watch 1917 again.

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    Surprisingly funny and original. Each shot was creative and definitely not what you would expect from the comedies coming out lately. Consider my expectations well and truly subverted. Also, give me leather-jacket wearing Rachel McAdams wielding a fire extinguisher any day of the week

  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

    Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

    ★★★★

    Surprisingly funny, creative and above all, refreshing. All together just a grand old time.

  • The Lion King 1½

    The Lion King 1½

    This is the only Lion King movie I've seen and I'm completely fine with that.

  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★★

    I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did, but here we are. And wow did I love this movie. It was funny, serious and beautiful to look at. This movie should have had waaaay more attention than it got and the attention it DID get was more than deserved. The performances were brilliant from Jennifer Lopez's seasoned stripper and leader, to Constance Wu's more understated genius, everyone performed their role to perfection. Even Cardi B, who…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★

    This movie is essentially just an hour and forty minutes of stress, bleached hair and drugs. And yet I think it's one of Robert Pattinson's best performances yet. The intensity and claustrophobia built up through the movie and got more and more dizzying as it went on. As I was starting to recover from the latest twist, I was smacked in the face with another one. This movie fits into the genre "thriller" very well. The cinematography was gorgeous to…

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    This film was far better than I anticipated. It shows Adam Sandler deliver one of his best performances yet, playing a lonely and socially anxious man who finds love. The cinematography and music and script were all amazing and all together made one of my favourite movies. This is one of those movies where half-way through, you are already excited to watch it again. If only Sandler was willing to branch out and try roles with more depth more often. It would make a nice change from another Grown Ups movie.

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★

    Okay so MAYBE Adam Sandler can act after all

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★

    I don't know why, but this movie gave me major Inglourious Basterds vibes as well as Wes Anderson vibes. Weird. It was so good though. I didn't know how I would feel about the movie, considering the subject matter but it worked and I think the majority of that is a credit to some amazing directing on Taika Waititi's part. The performances were excellent, with even the youngest members of the cast being absolutely extraordinary. The cinematography was beautiful and wasn't overdone. I also really liked that many of the songs were in German, particularly I Want To Hold Your Hand. Good stuff.

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★

    This movie made me feel understood and yet still completely lonely at the same time. These characters are transported to a vastly different country from what they are used to and still face the same issues that they had in their home country. I found the main theme of this film to be feeling misunderstood. This makes Japan the best backdrop for this movie as many of the people the main characters interact with don't understand them, due to the…