senseiparks has written 107 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • 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 :(

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime

    World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    All the same emotional depth, just a much different story with much different themes this time around. I think an average stress rating fits this best but honestly I have no clue. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    Had to watch it twice to fully grasp what it means for the World of Tomorrow series, and even though I’m still a little murky on some of the details (it gets pretty heady honestly), I’m still sure…

  • World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts

    World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    A bit more on the emotionally-crushing side, I had to lie down for a bit after this one. Still reaches the happy highs of the first, though the bleakness is a lot more apparent here. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating:
    Don Hertzfeldt didn’t need to make a sequel to World of Tomorrow, yet he did, and it’s just as brilliant as one would hope. Again, I’m waiting till I watch the third part to write something at length, however I will say the even-more existential nature of this episode was very much appreciated.

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸
    Approaches its bleak themes with a level of compassion and quiet understanding that ultimately leaves you feeling... kind of soothed, in an odd way?
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    I don’t usually rate or make stress ratings of short films however Don Hertzfeldt feels like a worthy exception. Will probably have more to say about the World of Tomorrow series once I’ve finished the third part, though this by itself was still fucking awesome. Nothing better than experimental animation and dark yet humorous existentialism.

  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌸
    A comfort movie in every sense of the term. The feelings of warmth and wonder that this film blankets you with is comparable to very little. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    As an admitted hopeless romantic (emphasis on the ‘hopeless’), I simply adore movies like these. Night is Short, Walk on Girl kind of scratches the same itch that Amélie does for me, with its wide cast of eccentric characters, the surreal nature of the film,…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    As much as this movie can make your heart feel fuzzy, it can also give it a good tearing. One of those Oscar-winning tear-jerkers, y’know? 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9.5
    This is the 500th “film” that I’ve added to this account. It’s a weird milestone to be at, and though I’ve enjoyed my time here, it’s a reminder for me that I should probably slow down a bit. I gotta say, though: as long as…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: ☢️☢️☢️☢️☢️
    David Fincher saw that the emoji for this stress rating was no longer in my ‘frequently used’ and decided he needed to change that . Pretty long, yet somehow my heart didn’t stop racing for a millisecond. Anxiety galore. I need a breather. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    Very minor spoilers ahead, and by ahead I mean in the next sentence.
    You know a movie is fucked when seeing Ben Affleck’s penis IN FULL HD is…

  • Kajillionaire

    Kajillionaire

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Not quite as light and goofy is it seems, and I was honestly on the verge of tears (or crying) for a decent chunk of the runtime. That might just be me, though; there’s still a lot of fun to be had here.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9.5
    Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know was going to end up being my favorite first-watch of this month, however that was before I saw her most…