Matt has written 67 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • 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…

  • Watership Down

    Watership Down

    ★★★★★

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

    Edit 02/22/2020: Now my 2nd favorite animated film.

  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    ★★★★★

    I’m literally at a loss of words. This film is a must-watch for those who are infatuated over cinema and storytelling in general.

    That ending had me sobbing 😭