nancerrez has written 22 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2018.

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero

    Black Mirror: San Junipero

    ★★★★½

    There is so much I can say about this episode but my brain cells just wanna OOOH BABY DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S WORTH?

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★½

    Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, for the most intimidating screen presence of all-time.

  • City Lights

    City Lights

    ★★★★½

    A comedy with nothing but elegance, kindness, heart and cinematic beauty. Chaplin is a master of his craft.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    This film gets on my nerves, because my frustration at Llewyn overpowers my sympathy for him. He is representative of struggling artists past and present, a soul that cannot be satisfied by merely existing, he yearns to live — a life of truth and purpose through his music.

    But I also think Llewyn is destined to never make it, bad luck or not. And the Coen Brothers portrays this struggle with painful clarity. Talented but stubborn, determined but impulsive, self-destructive (is that you, Bojack?),…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    Slow burns its way into the back of your mind and stays there long after the film finishes. Poetically bleak and fully realised in probably every technical and contextual aspect. And Steven "Glenn" Yeun surprised me (it was welcome).

    "What is a metaphor?"

  • I'm Not There

    I'm Not There

    ★★★★½

    I’m not well-versed in Bob Dylan. I had no clue what the film was on about 60% of the time. But I was mesmerised by every single minute of it. It’s just impossible to look away, not when Haynes and Lachman do their style thing. Not when CATE BLANCHETT plays Dylan like that (yes it’s very sexually confusing).

    It’s not for everyone, but I think if it suits you, you’ll love it.

  • The Normal Heart

    The Normal Heart

    ★★★★½

    One of the truly rare films I almost died crying watching. That shouldn’t be a compliment by default.

    Not without its handling flaws but it delivers a deeply impassioned and truly harrowing recount of the real-life AIDS crisis. And I respect every bit of the passion and anger seething through the script.
    The cast is all around superb. Matt Bomer is an angel.


    A reminder to stay angry and keep fighting.

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    Everything else aside, it is a really engaging, entertaining and often chilling (WOW-acted) thriller. And if you consider politics, well, I applaud the bold move.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

    Sci-fis don’t have this quality of suspense and thrillers don’t have this quality of thought provocation.

    Also, let’s pretend this is the movie Vikander won supporting actress for.

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    ★★★★½

    I cry when I fangirl over a franchise and it makes a movie that is of actual, genuine blockbuster quality.

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    Filled to the brim with Spike’s sentimentality but he balances it with just enough insight — a modern contemplation of human loneliness and the nature of relationships in genuinely thought-provoking ways.

    Also everything looks beautiful and Rooney flashbacks make me swoon.

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    ★★★★½

    It’s that the strengths of this film heavily outweigh its flaws. Don’t know if I’ll ever see another duo of performances quite this naked, literally and emotionally (they deserve 90% of the credit this film gets).
    It’s about youthful love, passion, social class and more, but the fact is this film conjured feelings in me stronger than a real-life breakup.

    And yes, all of this is heavily overshadowed by what Kechiche did, and the outrageously gratuitous, over-the-top sex scene. But the film itself less that scene… was damn close to a masterpiece.