Matt has written 26 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2021.

  • The Emperor's New Groove

    The Emperor's New Groove


    Felt a bit of mild to moderate depression today so of course i had to rewatch this masterpiece for the 20,000th time to make myself feel better

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies


    “Why do fireflies need to die so soon?”

    The real question should be why Isao Takahata does not receive that much attention compared to Hayao Miyazaki. Even though Miyazaki made Mononoke and Spirited Away, Takahata’s Grave Of The Fireflies is a truly special film that has the power to resonate with anyone who watches it. Just make sure you bring all those tissues with you. You’ll need ‘em.

    But yeah, needless to say, this has become my new favorite animated…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out


    Blow Out serves as a thriller that features one of the most engaging mysteries to follow throughout the course of the runtime. It makes for an exploration of obsession, paranoia, and guilt that feels all-the-more haunting in its execution. Plus, it is one of the most well-rounded films in the genre. It makes for an entertaining mystery film, but it also makes for a well-paced, superbly acted, outstandingly directed and written, technically imposing film with a thematically profound storyline that…

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying


    Exactly what i needed after a film as toxic, pointless & corporate as Fast & Furious 9. What a transcendent, extraordinary, profound piece of foreign cinema!

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside


    Wow. What an amazing special! I am blown away by how hysterical and downright genius it was not only from a comedic standpoint but also from a social commentary perspective as well!

    Also, are we not gonna acknowledge that Burnham is confirmed to be a David Lynch fan? 👀

  • Videodrome



    Since i want to discover the rest of Cronenberg’s filmography after watching The Fly for the first time 3 years ago (and will most likely rewatch at some point since it’s been a while), i figured i’d start off with one of his most acclaimed works to date: Videodrome.

    This is a film that is filled to the brim with a strong sense of thematic refinement in its story and script. It is one that serves as a haunting, truthful,…

  • Ikiru



    I think i did it folks. I finally found it. A film that surpasses The Shawshank Redemption as my all-time favorite film. One that i consider to be pitch-perfect. One that i will remember for as long as till kingdom come. One that i will rewatch over and over again as time goes by. One that will resonate me the most out of anything i have watched throughout my life since i became a film buff. One that speaks to…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines


    To call The Mitchells vs The Machines one of the best films of the year would be an understatement. It is more than a masterpiece; it’s an achievement. One that i hope does not get shut out by most people, including the Academy. It truly is something special.

    Let’s start off with this film’s animation & voice acting, which this film is a masterclass in. The colors pop out, the character designs are distinct and likeable, and the speed of every…

  • Safe



    Safe is the pure definition of a film that feels so much more relevant nowadays than it did back in 1995. It is a haunting portrayal of a descent towards illness that delivers a shocking, yet still thought-provoking, narrative with a powerful message behind it.

    One of the most brilliant aspects of this film is how it brings a chilling portrayal of a woman’s progression towards a mysterious illness while containing a strong sense of social commentary about how the…

  • The Father

    The Father


    The Father is not even a horror film, and yet i found it to be one of the most terrifying films i have seen in a while. It is by far the most haunting depiction of a medical condition (in this case, dementia) i have seen in quite some time. I even did research on dementia after i watched this film, and this film seems to capture the brutalities of living with this condition super well.

    Through his excellent script…

  • Dreams



    There is literally no other word to describe this underrated gem of a film than transcendent. A visually stunning film that i found to be more compelling from a narrative perspective than most. Not much to say other than i find this film to be a super underappreciated masterpiece. Honestly... it might be my favorite Kurosawa film. I know i just said yesterday that Seven Samurai is his magnum opus, but this one stands tall as my favorite due to…

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai


    Since it is Akira Kurosawa’s birthday, i figured it was the perfect time to watch this masterpiece for the first time. Needless to say, it is without a doubt his magnum opus.

    Toshiro Mifune MVP