• Naked

    Naked

    ★★★★★

    Naked would have to be one of the bleakest films ever. From the setting, themes, and characters that are depicted on-screen, it makes for a film that might be hard to stomach for most. However, from my experience watching this, it would have to be one of the most rewarding instances of me watching something so dark, as this is a film that not only challenges the viewer, but provides him/her with a lot to dissect from a storytelling and…

  • The Marksman

    The Marksman

    ½

    The Marksman is one of those films that feels like the filmmakers felt afraid to take any risks. Every single aspect of the filmmaking in this movie feels safe and even incompetent at times.

    The script feels like it was written by a high school (or even middle school) student who has no experience in filmmaking and had a friend write it for him in less than a week. Literally anyone can write dialogue, plot points, and action scenes the…

  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

    ★★★★★

    My very first first-time watch for a (somewhat) classic film in 2021, and a perfect one to start with at that.

    The Truman Show presents a concept that sounds excellent on paper and manages to deliver in its execution. It goes beyond what could’ve been just a standard dramedy and dives deep into complex themes centering around the power of media, the authenticity of the every-day world, and whether not the world specifically revolves around us.

    This is perfectly captured…

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★★★

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always is the type of film that is not afraid to present an unconventional type of storytelling that also serves as a way to challenge the audience.

    Through the excellent use of visual storytelling, it showcases an emotionally affecting story where every single shot, line of dialogue, and plot point has a purpose behind it. It results in the film feeling perfectly paced along with being an authentic, haunting portrayal of what occurs when someone decides to…

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★½

    Let me first start off by saying that there is still quite a few things to admire about First Cow. The performances from the two main leads are pretty solid and make for very authentic portrayals of people as opposed to characters. It’s also very nice to look at from a visual perspective and i give kudos to the cinematographer for making this film looks as beautiful as it is. Also, i did find the first half of the film…

  • The Personal History of David Copperfield

    The Personal History of David Copperfield

    ★★★★½

    Whereas In The Loop and The Death Of Stalin showcase Armando Ianucchi’s capabilities of being a comedic genius, The Personal History Of David Copperfield manages to present his capabilities of being a great storyteller. Through his writing and directing, he presents a beautifully told story that also serves as a portrait on the life of a man who manages to pull through from his dark past and become a gifted, person who is beloved amongst the many people that he…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    Minari showcases why A24 is always the best at creating/choosing to release stories that don’t always feature the basics in terms of filmmaking. This is the pure definition of a slice-of-life film that doesn’t exactly follow the traditional structure of a typical Hollywood film. And seeing how i have been an admirer of these types of films/stories for a long time, this was a film that sounded like something right up my alley. Sure enough, it turned out to be…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    Promising Young Woman is a strong contender for one of the most entertaining films of 2020. Not only is there a fun story that is engaging to follow the whole way through, but it also makes for one that is bold in its execution and explores themes that feel a lot more timely nowadays (particularly with the #MeToo movement).

    I would like to give my compliments to director/writer Emerald Fennell for the approach that she took with the storyline and…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    What a way to start off my New Year with this poetic, emotionally affecting, thematically rich film. Nomadland is a film that delivers a realistic depiction of the Great Recession as well as the struggles that these Nomads go through as they are aware that they have practically everything away from them during these times... except for the ability to connect with others, which makes for a very inspiring message. And at the center of it all are two particular…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    Could it be that i actually found an anticipated movie of mine from this year that wasn’t a disappointment?

    Goes to show you how immaculate Pixar is... for the most part.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★

    Despite some decent performances and a good musical score from Hans Zimmer (albeit one of his more weaker ones), Wonder Woman 1984 is still another film to add to the long list of disappointments to come from this terrible year. It falls completely short compared to the first one when it comes to its storytelling, writing, and action scenes. All of these particular qualities feel like they were pulling off the bare minimum and come off as lazy and not…

  • Watership Down

    Watership Down

    ★★★★★

    Just barely surpasses Fantasia as my favorite animated film ever. What a breathtaking piece of storytelling!