erik has written 618 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Neptune Frost

    Neptune Frost

    ★★★★

    wild flick! i didn't really realize that i was supposed to be treating this like an essay film until around the halfway point. but really this has such a cool fabric and structure, constantly zigzagging from esoteric essay film ideals to more narrative-based plot progression and musical sequences as well, even has some a-g CGI bits in it as well. really cool that something like this exists.

    also there's a sequence around the 50 minute mark which is breathtaking and ive watched on repeat a few times

  • A Closed Book

    A Closed Book

    ★★★★

    truly a baffling, hilarious movie - one of the most silly plots i have seen in a long while and ruiz's artsy flourishes just make it even crazier. gets into insane ideas about art criticism and ethics that i have no idea are like, accidentally included as commentary or are just a by-product of this being a work for hire picture. either way, count me in as a fan - this is considerably better than most ruiz flicks i've seen, for better or worse. ending has to be seen to be believed. or...heard???

  • Portrait in Crystal

    Portrait in Crystal

    ★★★★

    a shaw highlight, to be sure. phantasmagoric and rhapsodic, leans into fantasy roots and never goes too serious or too silly (the only problem with shaw bros flicks is them going a little too hard in one direction). i love how all these movies end immediately at the conclusion of the final battle lol, it's always like "well there's only 30 seconds left wonder how they're gonna tie everything up" and they never do!! love it.

  • Christine

    Christine

    ★★★★

    my dad one of the supporting cars in this movie

  • Answering the Sun

    Answering the Sun

    ★★★★

    i like some of his more structured work better. but i do love this a lot... some of the sequences are kinda boring but some of them are breathtaking

  • Maps to the Stars

    Maps to the Stars

    ★★★★

    much as i love a well done body horror, i genuinely think cronenberg's late work is a pretty easily better than his more splatter-y early material. not to say that there's anything wrong with that sort of filmmaking, but even in stuff like this you can tell his transgressive filmmaking is often expressed via out-there narratives as opposed to new ways to bleed and fuck. anyways, an insane object - such a bizarre and mean-spirited film from a guy fed up with this bullshit on every fundamental level, throwing shit at the wall and having most of it stick.

  • The New World

    The New World

    ★★★★

    still gotta see the 3 hour cut...but this is so nice. very touching and kind

  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★

    still not quite peak kiarostami to me, but i think it is pretty great stuff. love those hillsides! and remi's review of this is good :)

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★

    solid cold war noir, not up to fuller's best work but eh still nice shit

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

    one of the most genuinely crazy plots ever and cronenberg thankfully never goes too far off the deep end narratively here which i think would have doomed something like this. fantastic stuff!! weird and alien and kinky and oddly topical (microplastic consumption, fantasizing about post-climate change worlds, etc.) plus those costumes and sets are to die for. i'm usually somewhat reserved about cronenberg, though this is really special and very much one of the best of his films that i've seen.

  • Cinemania

    Cinemania

    ★★★★

    these dudes will go from saying the most based incisive autistic shit in the world and then follow it up with the most insane incel bullshit immediately after. what a world!! i love the movies!!

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    ★★★★

    had a realization while watching this that matrix 2 should have been called resurrections, matrix 3 should have been called reloaded, and matrix 4 should have been called revolutions. oh well. lovely stuff, some of the best setpieces out there for sure