Matt has written 22 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★★

    Solaris is one of those films that made me look at life in a completely different way. It leaves the viewer with an eye-opening point of view on the values of love and humanity, and what the truth truly means to us overall as people. It truly feels like i learned something new from watching this film, and that is pretty rare for me to say something like that about a film.

    Right down to the pitch-perfect writing and directing…

  • Tom & Jerry

    Tom & Jerry

    ★★½

    Yes, i’m just as perplexed as you folks reading this, but this surprisingly... wasn’t terrible. Not good, obviously, but slightly better than I expected. Weird, huh?

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    What else needs to be said? It’s just pure, beautiful brilliance that i love even more now that i rewatched it.

    Also, I’m literally a hot mess right now from crying so much 😢🥺

  • The Killing

    The Killing

    ★★★★★

    The Killing is the pure definition of “perfect cinema”. I know i already said this about Casablanca (and some others), but this film is another one of those cases where everything comes together in crafting an engaging heist film that offers the perfect mixture of excellent action scenes and smart storytelling.

    Stanley Kubrick, my favorite director of all time in case you’re curious, is the sole reason why this film works as well as it does. You can tell that…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    Surprise! Decided to rewatch Soul, a film that not only has stuck with me ever since i first saw, but may be even better than I remember now that i’ve rewatched it.

    This is a film that celebrates the joys of living life and learning that enjoying every minute is your true purpose as a living being. That is such a beautiful message and this film delivers it masterfully through its excellent writing, directing, and storytelling. Not only is the…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    A moody Valentines Day indeed...

    In The Mood For Love is one of those romance films that handles its themes in a way that feels emotionally affecting and fully fleshed out. It is a story centering around the positives and negatives of marriage mixed together with the consequences that come from the performance of infidelity. These themes are especially well-realized thanks to superb directing and writing from Wong Kar-Wai.

    Through his strong directing and writing, Wong Kar-Wai manages to pull…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★★

    Rewatched with my mother as an early Valentines Day date movie. So glad she loved it!

    Casablanca is, simply put, one of the greatest works to come from the world of cinema. It manages to showcase a beautifully told story with a profound message that tells us that it is ok to sacrifice what we desire most in order to benefit those who are in need of help. The ending, in particular, is the perfect way to get this divine…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

    Judas And The Black Messiah left me completely speechless and shook by the time we got to the end credits. This is a powerful film that serves as one of the most haunting portrayals of racial discrimination i have seen on-screen.

    I hope that Shaka King gets more work in the future because he seems like a promising director and writer. His direction and writing make for a film that is filled to the brim in thematic poignancy and emotional/narrative…

  • Willy's Wonderland

    Willy's Wonderland

    ★★★½

    What a BLAST of a film! Not much to say other than i found it pretty fun. Chuck E Cheese’s and public bathrooms (damn you Gus) are definitely a no-go after this hehe 😅

    Also, i have a feeling that Arty the Alligator is related to my dog. Oh, and can we take a moment to appreciate how hilarious Tito the Turtle is???

  • Tootsie

    Tootsie

    ★★★★★

    “That is one nutty hospital...”

    Tootsie is the type of film that sounds like an awkward mess on paper, but it is one that is manages to pull through in its execution. It is a brilliant film that explores bold themes for a comedy film to tackle. In this case, exploring themes regarding how we can be troubled by figuring out who we truly are as human beings and learning how to stay true to yourself. It adds a surprisingly…

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★★★

    Saint Maud is a film that is going to stick with me for as long as till kingdom come. It might be in my top 2 of 2021 by the end. This is that rare horror film that not only manages to provide a bone-chilling atmosphere that continuously makes your skin crawl more and more as the film progresses, but is one that offers a lot for the viewer to unravel from a storytelling and thematic perspective.

    The storytelling, directing,…

  • A Hard Day's Night

    A Hard Day's Night

    ★★★★

    One of the most delightful films i’ve seen in God knows how long. Such a damn good time. Rating could go up on a rewatch tbh