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

  • 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…

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Would it be a stretch to say this is the most fun film I’ve seen from Tarantino? There’s crazy good action and some pretty tense scenes, however I would still only say this is moderately stressful thanks to the humor and charm. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    As much as I like to rag on Quentin Tarantino, I rarely have a bad time with his movies, and he’s got a lot of great ones in…

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Love it when the stress rating emojis kind of tie into the movie they’re for. It’s blue, guys! Yay! Emotively, this movie’s pretty blue too, a culmination of overpowering grief and wistful melancholy that isn’t necessarily stresful, though pretty far from happy. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    In all honesty. I’d much rather hear someone else’s thoughts on this movie than have to type out my own: Blue feels like the type of art at…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Plays well to its R rating, with a lot more gore and a lot less campy superhero fun. Dark and gritty in a way that puts it kind of high on stress for an X-men movie, I guess. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    Definitely wouldn’t call this the best superhero film ever made, nor would even say it’s the best of the X-men series, however Logan is still a great movie that accomplishes everything it…

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌸 ½ 
    There’s a big difference between a film that is pretty much lacking in stressful moments and a peaceful one, and I think A Dinner with Andre fits into the first category more. It’s just rarely very tense, which kind of makes sense considering its structure. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    Someone should remake this except it’s a small Twitch streamer having a conversation with a successful Youtuber who’s been on hiatus for five years…

  • Waitress

    Waitress

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Tackles tough subjects head on (if abuse is triggering for you, watch out with this one), however the bubbly warmth of a good rom-com is enough to keep it from being too stressful. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    On one hand my experience watching Pushing Daisies has made me emotionally vulnerable to the strange aesthetic of pie diners so I loved this, however that show also stars Lee Pace as the head hunk and…

  • Coffee and Cigarettes

    Coffee and Cigarettes

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸
    Despite almost each vignette featuring some sort of disagreement or tension, it’s usually played as comedic or oddly touching rather than stressful. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    Feeling almost like a predecessor to Jarmusch’s Night on Earth (the first two shorts were actually made before that film’s release so it isn’t too far off), Coffee and Cigarettes shifts the focus from strangers in taxi cabs to acquaintances, cousins, and friends smoking and drinking coffee, and…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Honestly kind of dark, and though it has a typical comic book ending, the road it takes to get there is far from a smooth and stress-free one. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    Never would I have thought that the thing the X-Men movies needed most was time travel, yet here we are, and this was definitely the best out of the ones I’ve seen so far. X-Men: Days of Future Past is incredibly ambitious…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌸 ½ 
    I could honestly see people seeing this stress rating as inaccurate in both directions. Very heavy themes, but Zhao is so delicate at touching on them, and the overall vibe of Nomadland is quite peaceful. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    Only really hit me a short while after it was over. After classes, I had a bit of time to watch a movie before I had to walk my dog today, which meant that…

  • X-Men: First Class

    X-Men: First Class

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Fun superhero flick with some killer action. Don’t  expect it to be heart-pounding, but I know I was at the edge of my seat.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    Definitely has its flaws, but X-Men: First Class’ high points far exceed most of its predecessors’ in quality as well as general excitement. Though the whole movie works really well, I think you can find a lot of where it excels in its climax, which features…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    One of those movies where you’re like, “no way they go there,” and then they go there. A nasty thriller in many ways, and that’ll always have you at the edge of your seat. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    I probably should’ve read up a bit more on the movie because I was not really prepared for this. Yeah, the movie was great, and Gyllenhaal is fantastic (he’s the reason I turned it on in…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    I’m sure some might feel this should be higher, however for me it was pretty standard on stress for a thriller. It’s grisly murders and creepy atmosphere could surely push this to a 4.5 for some, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    David Fincher has such a good name. I just like saying it and typing it. David Fincher! Anyway, Se7en definitely scratched the mystery/thriller itch I’ve been having recently, however I’m not exactly sure why…