senseiparks has written 72 reviews for films during 2021.

  • The Farm: Angola, USA

    The Farm: Angola, USA

    Watched in Intro to Sociology. Won’t do an official write-up or stress rating because I was only partly paying attention for some of it however this was still pretty impactful. Our system is fucked up, man.

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Intensely captivating and captivatingly intense. Pretty stressful in an edge-of-your-seat way rather than a terrified-or-panicky way, if that makes sense. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    Like most people (I think), I spent a lot of my time when I was younger watching Top 10 lists about movies rather than any watching, so I’ve had Fight Club’s twist spoiled for me for a while. This is a David Fincher film, though, so thankfully that didn’t really matter.…

  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌸
    Personal Rating: 9
    (Click here for the original stress rating and review)

    I can imagine myself rewatching this a million times over. A lovely way to start off the month. Disappointed that the soundtrack was never released anywhere online, though :(

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    The world of The Rider is sad, confused, beautiful, and undoubtedly our own. Grief, loss, and horses make this a reasonably stressful watch. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    Wasn’t expecting to take to this film as much as I did, and though I ultimately prefer Nomadland, Chloé Zhao probably impressed me more with The Rider. It’s incredibly engrossing and very real-feeling, to the point where it’s easy to forget this is a movie and not…

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌸 ½
    Though it deals with topics like depression and anxiety, however the warmth and charm of the movie generally keeps this movie being a very comforting watch.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 10
    (Re-typed because I accidentally deleted all of it a few hours ago)

    I cannot imagine myself loving a movie more than I do Kiki’s Delivery Service. I welcome any and all movies to try, however I doubt they could really connect with me…

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    A lot deeper in emotion than what you’d expect from a rampaging lizard movie. And honestly, Godzilla’s kinda scary in this. If that matters. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    Having never seen any previous Godzilla or kaiju movies, I think it’s clear what I really watched this for: Hideaki Anno. Evangelion is obviously a masterwork, and Ritual proved to me that Anno was more than capable of a live-action movie, so how bad could this…

  • Me and You and Everyone We Know

    Me and You and Everyone We Know

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Personal Rating: 9.5
    (Click here for the original stress rating and review)

    Love love love love LOVE this movie. Even better on rewatch. I think you either adore Miranda July or despise her, and I can say definitely I fall into the first camp.

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Shitty parents doing shitty things. Pretty stressful on its own, but I imagine if you can relate to the situation this movie can be devastating. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    I’m kind of in a shitty mood right now, so I’m trying to factor that into my viewing experience and be as impartial to this movie as possible. The truth is, Paul Dano is a very competent filmmaker and this movie reflects that fully. I…

  • Operation Avalanche

    Operation Avalanche

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    The final act of this film is a true rollercoaster. You wouldn’t expect this movie to be as crushing as it ends up being. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    Operation Avalanche feels like one of this movies you recommend to someone who thinks they’ve seen everything, because there’s a good chance they haven’t seen anything like this. A found footage thriller set in an Apollo 11 conspiracy theory just sounds so perfect when you…

  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸 ½ 
    Perhaps I’ve seen too many heist movies, but there’s something oddly peaceful about an intricate robbery well done. Leaves you more enthralled than stressed.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    Lacks the style and grandiosity that made the better Ocean’s movies work (Twelve not included), however this movie makes up for it in its cast. Is it superficial to like a movie purely because people you like are doing crime in it? Maybe. However I…

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    ★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Tarantino action is always more tense when it’s through words instead of swords. And with this movie also being a lot more emotional than the previous one, you can definitely expect higher stress this time around. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 6.5
    Gonna have to go with my gut on this one and say that I didn’t really care much for Kill Bill: Vol. 2. I’m giving this the same star rating as Once Upon a Time…

  • Three Colors: Red

    Three Colors: Red

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    I think Lucy’s description of this movie as a somber Amélie fits well for a stress rating, too. Warmer than than the other Three Colors films, however the melancholy that pervades them all is still in full form.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9.5
    I almost watched this film before White on accident and let me tell you... I see now why that would’ve been a big mistake. Not only is this far and away the finest…