RowanHarper has written 14 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2019.

  • Klaus

    Klaus

    ★★★★

    God dammit. I really wanted to love this movie, there are aspects in here that are on a 5 star level, but there are also things that a genuinely awful. This is one of the most frustrating film experiences I have had all year, but when the credits rolled it I feel as though the good more then outweighed the bad, and in the end I felt that Klaus was a more then worthwhile experience. 

    First what I liked. The…

  • The Goldfinch

    The Goldfinch

    ★★★★

    I was into it

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★

    A bad ending can ruin a film.

    For the majority of it’a runtime Candyman is frankly amazing. It’s scary, it’s sad, it’s suspenseful, it is everything you would want in a horror film for the season. Then comes that cheesy ass final scene that completely betrays the tone of the film. But aside from THAT, this film is great. The cinematography is disgusting (I mean that in a good way) it makes the environment look completely run down and nasty.…

  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    ★★★★

    I actually forgot to log this when I saw it and a conversation with a friend sparked my memory.

    Yeah it’s good, Dave Chappell is really funny

  • Bill Burr: Paper Tiger

    Bill Burr: Paper Tiger

    ★★★★

    Bill Burr is fucking hilarious. His delivery is great.

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★★★

    Damn. On a technical level, for a film I don't think Yesterday is very good. Choppy editing, Shabby writing and oh god those pointless and awkward dutch angles, yuck! But goddammit if Yesterday isn't one of the most charming, innocent and harmlessly entertaining films I have ever seen. Yes, what is essentially just two hours of Beatles jokes really got me invested.

    We can start with my (big) list of problems. The AWFUL editing. The editing often choppy and jarring.…

  • Robot & Frank

    Robot & Frank

    ★★★★

    Just a simple, short, heartwarming movie.

    Robot and Frank isn't trying to be anything else than just a delightful little movie, it is not high art, but it managed to endear me to the characters. It is really well directed and shot. The performances are great, especially Frank Langella. You really feel for this guy and Frank Langella does a great job portraying a character with early stages of Alzheimer's. I really enjoyed the character parallels between Frank and Robot,…

  • The Hangover

    The Hangover

    ★★★★

    So after watching the madness that was Eraserhead yesterday I felt the urge to watch something that was the exact opposite. Somthing light, something funny, something easy to follow. I was interested in The Hangover after watching the heavily edited TV version with my cousins a few years ago. Safely to say I was not disappointed with this move, it is one the best comedy’s I have seen recently. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifaianakis have fantastic chemistry in…

  • American Movie

    American Movie

    ★★★★

    American movie is a really well put together documentary. It is funny, bold, and even inspirational in some ways. Watching Mark try and and make his movie is hard to watch in the best possible way, he is so clueless at times that it makes you cringe and laugh at the same time, however his passion and persistence shines through which makes it really inspirational. The film does an amazing job at showcasing the comedy of the situation. All of…

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Kung Fu Panda

    ★★★★

    Fantastic action-orientated animated film.

    I will say that the film lacks in some story areas, due to the need to set up this world and characters. But it more than makes up for it by being purely entertaining. The action scene are genuinely incredible, and the cinematography in these Kung Fu Panda movies are genuinely top of the line, especially for animated movies.

    It's a joy for children and adults can sit back and enjoy the pure spectacle and gorgeous cinematography.

  • On the Basis of Sex

    On the Basis of Sex

    ★★★★

    I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. If you read my First Man review you would know political biography films are not really my cup of tea (The Post is one that comes to mind that I practically don’t really care for) this film surprised me, it was a charming little movie.

    The story is easily digestible as well as being incredibly engaging. This particular case is truly an important moment in American history and the film…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★

    Raiders is obviously a great film, there is no denying it...however I feel as though it didn't resonate with me the same way as it has for most people. This franchise is built up to be on the same level of Star Wars or Lord of The Rings. I don't think it is that good for me, however I understand why people love this SO MUCH.

    The opening scene is honestly one of my favorite scenes in all of cinema.…