Yasha Tovah has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I first saw this movie as a child, and I mentally filed it as one of those fuzzy memories that no one ever seems to share- more likely a dream that I mixed up with real life.

    Rediscovering it as an adult is wonderful. Jodie Foster's performance, especially for her age, is remarkably gritty. She grounds Rynn in reality, only for that reality to be subverted by the uncanny nature of her situation. Martin Sheen is almost unbearably creepy, he's…

  • Joshua

    Joshua

    I went into this movie expecting something dumb and schlocky, and got the exact opposite. The script creates a really engaging and tense family dynamic, further amplified by Vera Farmiga and Sam Rockwell's compelling performances. And aside from the antagonizing little boy, this is one of the most realistic and darkly funny portrayals of marriage and parenthood I've seen, and easily the best portrayal I've seen of postpartum depression. This isn't horror, it's a drama that stressed me out to the extreme.

  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    I respect Kirsten Dunst's fat tits.

  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    Head empty, no thoughts. Jesus has a knife and the lizard is wearing a sombrero.

  • Jacob's Ladder

    Jacob's Ladder

    This film shaped western psychological horror, but instead of analyzing that I will simply say that Elizabeth Pena was really fucking hot in the nineties.

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    The only disturbing part of this Salo is the shit eating, you guys are just wimps. I actually just rewatched it because I'm waiting for someone to write an essay comparing the Epstein scandal to this film.

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    It's Black Swan better executed, a pop culture exploration of patriarchal violence and contemporary fame. It's a battle between reality and the idealized self, between adolescence and sexualization, that's still painfully relevant.

  • House

    House

    It's an unhinged technicolor farce of dream and nightmare, while also mocking post World War II conservatism and traditional coming-of-age stories. I want to live in an acid trip where teenage girls can be eaten by pianos.

  • FairyTale: A True Story

    FairyTale: A True Story

    very underrated kids movie

  • The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    If you don't think of it as an adaptation of a book, it's an original horror series that has unusually good character development and remains engaging the whole time. I really loved the way the sixth episode was filmed. Absolutely nothing like the book though.

  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    Definitely intriguing. Couldn't stop wondering about what it all meant for a few days.

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    Manages to make the tropes of the zombie genre feel fresh and exciting