senseiparks has written 273 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    ★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Oddly kind of dark compared to its source material, putting it at a relatively average amount of stress. More so if you’re a bit squeamish. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 6
    It’s been over ten years since Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was released, an amount of time that you’d think would’ve been enough for me to realize that the movie isn’t very good. But although I can clearly see all of its problems (namely its yucky…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    Very stressful. Michael Shannon is a terrifying villain, and I was pretty surprised just how graphic this movie got. Still beautiful, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9 
    I’m sorry guys. I really like the fish sex movie. And I’m going to spend the rest of this write-up explaining why I think this might be the case. Firstly, certain aspects of the film feel pretty reminiscent of the works of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, specifically Amélie and…

  • As Above, So Below

    As Above, So Below

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    Maybe this is just me, but I would never step foot into a decrepit and claustrophobic crypt filled with bones that extends for fucking miles. I just could never do that, so for me, this movie was pretty damn scary. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7.5
    Though As Above, So Below still features all of the annoying staples that come with the found footage genre, most of it is honestly forgivable thanks to its solid execution of…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    One of the most mature movies Pixar has ever made, Soul’s themes of existentialism and purpose will really hit home for many. Expect a few tears and a reasonable amount of stress.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    Going into Soul, I had the impression that this would feel pretty similar to Inside Out, but I was mostly mistaken: it almost has more in common with Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day than anything else (at…

  • Ammonite

    Ammonite

    ★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Equal parts emotionally distressing and painfully boring. I don’t feel like writing any more here. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 5.5
    I remember seeing the announcement of this film trending on Twitter and getting so hyped about it. Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet in a lesbian period drama with fossils? “Sign me the fuck up,” I said, completely unaware of the fate that lied in store for my poor Portrait-of-a-Lady-on-Fire-loving soul. I don’t know why…

  • The Darjeeling Limited

    The Darjeeling Limited

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Among the less-cheery of Anderson’s films, primarily dealing with grief and a fractured family. That being said, this is still pretty fun and not all that stressful, too. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    Having now finished Wes Anderson’s filmography with my watching of this movie, I’m not exactly sure how I feel. On one hand, I’m glad that I’ve have a chance to experience these wonderful films, however I also do feel a tinge of…

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    A more moody affair than most Anderson movies, The Royal Tenenbaums has a certain feeling to it that I can only describe as muted. I still tear up a few times, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9.5
    One thing I love about this movie is how it doesn’t have a real antagonist. Each character is going through some sort of loss or crushing failure, causing them to lash out at others and cope in their…

  • Wolfwalkers

    Wolfwalkers

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Gets pretty tense at points, which could make some a little anxious (maybe some tears too), however this is pretty average on stress for the most part. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    I don’t think I’ve seen many films from this year, so this is very subject to change, but honestly this might be my tired for favorite movie of 2020 so far (I’m Thinking of Ending Things being the co-holder of this position). It’s…

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸
    I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how much they hated seeing Charlie Brown get dumped on as a kid, however I think the tight resolution and overall quaint tone keeps this from being too stressful. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 10
    The pinnacle of Christmas television, A Charlie Brown Christmas set the bar as high as it could back in ‘65 and no other special has topped it to this day. Condensed within twenty…

  • Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌸
    Honestly the only moment that may be distressing to some is when Burgermeister Meisterburger is burning the toys and all the kids are crying. Besides that, this is a relatively low stress movie. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    Far from a perfect Christmas film, and I admittedly on watched it because it was on and my family were already gathered around the TV, however it’s by no means a bad movie. It’s got some good…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Maybe this is just me but It’s a Wonderful Life always gets me crying, especially with its beautiful finale. The movie’s an emotional undertaking, and is kinda high on stress for a Christmas movie.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9.5
    I... love this movie. My family watches it every Christmas Eve and it’s always one of the films I look forward to the most, purely because I always come out of it in the perfect mood…

  • Ocean's Eleven

    Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Has your typical heist movie "oh no are they going to set off the motion sensors" and "what the hell are they gonna do to get out of this one" moments. So a fair amount of stress, I'd say.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    Endlessly stylish, gloriously paced, and admittedly a little too cool for its own good. I wouldn't say this is nearly as neatly crafted as I've seen people claim it to be…