senseiparks has written 64 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Not quite as gripping or dramatic as you’d hope (which makes it in turn less stressful), however it still ranks average on stress with its story. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    I honestly have nothing to say about Mank aside from that I was kind of disappointed. I’ve yet to see Fincher’s entire filmography, however I’ve come to expect tightly written scripts and stellar direction from the guy, and I can’t say this movie completely…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Ocean's Thirteen

    Ocean's Thirteen

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Just some fun goofs and gaffs with the heisting boys. Not quite as twist-y, nor as stressful as it’s predecessors. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    I think part of why Ocean’s Twelve was such a weak entry in this series was its antagonists: we had Terry Benedict (again), some lame rich guy who was a thief in his downtime, and also the cops tracking them all down? It was a mess. Ocean’s Thirteen keeps it…

  • Three Colors: White

    Three Colors: White

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Average on stress, with its really tense moments being pretty few and far between. Will still get to you a little, though, especially in the beginning. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    Compared to Blue, this honestly felt an eensy bit dull, and I’m not quite sure why. There’s definitely flashes of genius here and there that remind me why I want to watch more Kiélowski films, however these awesome moments are mostly reserved for the…

  • The Future

    The Future

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Existential and a little heart-breaking, The Future is a strange watch and pretty uncomfortable one, too. I don’t think it ever gets overly stressful, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7.5
    I knew this was a divisive film before watching, but when I actually read a few reviews, I was pretty taken aback. The amount of horrible vitriol I saw thrown at The Future and Miranda July was incredibly unsettling, especially considering now not-terrible this movie…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Didn’t exactly hit for me, but I’m sure a lot of people could get sucked in and ultimately stressed out a bit by this. A relatively light thriller, I guess.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    An awesome concept with great-to-meh execution, Blow Out didn’t exactly blow me away as much as I had hoped, but it did try. My favorite aspect of the film was probably the cinematography, which was overall pretty impressive and…

  • Demonlover

    Demonlover

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Isn’t really paced like a thriller, taking its time and keeping stress from being too high. But trust me, demonlover gets pretty disturbing when it wants to. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7.5
    Was slightly disappointed when I found out the movie was less about hentai spies and more about red rooms (pretty ahead of it’s time) and a weird horny guy. In my defense, the original description for demonlover on Letterboxd was like a sentence long, but even…

  • X2

    X2

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    I’m not too sure why this ended up falling lower on stress for me, but I really just felt entertained rather than stressed. Higher stakes, but lower threat. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7
    X2 is better than X-Men for one reason. Actually, maybe a few reasons. But the biggest one is the addition of Nightcrawler, who is one of my favorite mutants and is way cooler than pretty much everyone in this movie. Some of…

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    A good word to describe the experience of this film is uneasy. From the sickly color pallete to its slow-but-stressful story, that word fits it the most. Enemy feels incredibly uneasy. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7.5
    I didn’t really mean to end up in a Villenueve kick but, well, here I am! Enemy is the fourth movie I’ve seen from him, and though I think it’s pretty good, it’s probably my least favorite of…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 
    Tense when it needs to be, reserved when it wants to be. A bit more laid back than the usual crime movie like this. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7.5
    This movie’s probably a bit better than my rating let’s on, but Hell or High Water just wasn’t exactly the film for me (a 7.5 is a pretty good score anyway). The cinematography looked delightful (it making me think a ranch looks pretty was truly impressive)…