Matt has written 12 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2021.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    Despite the synopsis sounding like a rehash of John Wick, Pig actually serves as one of the years biggest surprises by being an intimate, meditative, emotionally raw depiction of the themes that it masterfully explores through superb writing and directing. With these excellently done components (as well as a career-best performance from Nicholas Cage), this film brilliantly touches upon grief and the values of life (as well as how people are willing to say that these values don’t exist) in…

  • A Goofy Movie

    A Goofy Movie

    ★★★★½

    Happy Father’s Day, everyone! :)

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★½

    In The Heights that bathes itself in visual vibrance and energy from a technical, music, and choreography perspective, but the true power of this film is that it is a profound, authentic, and emotionally rich story that centers around themes of family legacy, following your dreams along with taking the courage to go the extra mile to achieve them, and gaining the perseverance to stand together as a community that shows a deep amount of respect, love, and friendship no…

  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    ★★★★½

    Up there with A Goofy Movie and Emperor’s New Groove (correct me if i’m wrong though) as one of Disney’s most underrated/under-appreciated works. Good voice work matched with a great cast of characters, stellar animation, a superb musical score by James Newton Howard, and possibly one of the company’s most mature films in terms of its storytelling and exploration of its political themes. Aside from it’s writing/storytelling feeling slightly clunky at times, this is a brilliant piece from Disney of…

  • Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry

    Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry

    ★★★★½

    Now if only i saw this on Imax... oh well.

    Billie Eillish: The World’s A Little Blurry is a film that I didn’t have too many expectations for since I didn’t happen to be the biggest fan of her music... but then this documentary came along. Not only do i consider myself one that’ll have my eye open for her next album (as well as catching up with the rest of her catalog), but this documentary is one that i…

  • All About Eve

    All About Eve

    ★★★★½

    All about REEEEEEEEEEve

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★★½

    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,…

  • 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…