James has written 22 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2020.

  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    I can't believe how amazing this movie is.

    Then again, these are the directors behind Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, so I can't believe I didn't expect this to be amazing.

  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

    I fucking love watching Snoopy get bodied by that folding chair every Thanksgiving

  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    I think Noah Baumbach has become my favorite screenwriter; his movies capture the complexity and messiness of relationships so effortlessly, be they friendships, marriages, or in this case, parental bonds (or lack thereof). There's a whole lot of truth in this script and these performances, and the film choked me up on more than one occasion.

    The first half of the film is basically flawless but the second half loses the snappy, nonstop compelling dialogue in favor of slower, less interesting shenanigans and a really awkwardly edited fight scene. Couldn't really decide when to end either, but overall, another excellent entry in Baumbach's amazing repertoire.

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    The sexual tension between President Muffley and Premier Dimitri tho

  • Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier

    Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier

    ★★★★½

    Oh this is on Letterboxd? Cool.

    ...

    ...HE FUCKED A TIGER

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    John Carney's progression as a writer/director is really exciting to watch; this is a tremendous step up in every way from the earnest but mediocre Once. It's an absolute overload of charm from beginning to end and it's ridiculously hard to dislike. I mean this boy just made up an entire band out of nowhere just to impress this one girl, that's some r/madlads shit

  • WALL·E

    WALL·E

    ★★★★½

    Bold of Disney to finance and release a movie about a megacorporation that destroys the Earth

  • Almost Famous

    Almost Famous

    "Rock stars have kidnapped my son."

    Not just a highly entertaining movie, but a visceral, palpable experience. A movie that feels entirely authentic in spite of its larger-than-life characters. A real treat of a film that I can't wait to see again.

  • Chef

    Chef

    The scene where all the main characters poured cornstarch on their balls was a little weird but other than that it was fantastic!

    ...that sounds like a joke but I promise you that is a real thing that happens in this movie

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    ★★★★½

    Making it through this DreamWorks marathon was not an easy task. Getting so much shit shoveled into my face the past few days, from Trolls to Turbo to Boss Baby, was a deeply agonizing endeavor.

    But goddammit, I stuck it out because I knew this masterpiece was waiting for me at the end of the tunnel. What a fucking tremendous swan song for a great studio and a phenomenal trilogy.

    I know there's still technically two movies left in the…

  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    What does it mean to live with your mistakes?

    What does it mean to feel remorse?

    What does it mean to want to make things right?

    Can you ever really make things right?

    Will anything ever take away the shame?

    The pain?

    The remorse?

    You lost a piece of yourself all those years ago.

    Will this finally fill the hole?

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    The best live-action Shark Tale remake I could ask for