Zurrie has written 10 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • An Unmarried Woman

    An Unmarried Woman

    ★★★★½

    "Where are all the wonderful women that were in the movies in the old days? I'd hate to see Streisand and Jane Fonda in a toe-to-toe with Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis, there's no contest."

    The kind of deceptively simple, charming movie that keeps tugging you in. It finds the delicate balance of effortless naturalism with just enough cinematic treatment and dramatic pulse to keep it constantly moving and make each moment feel integral. The script and direction builds the…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★½

    This reminded me a lot of Chocolat (2000), the lovely fable and beautifully uplifting movie that received too much distain just because it deservedly received a Best Picture nomination over Almost Famous (YES I SAID IT). This movie is hipper and more grittily directed, so more people on the internet will praise it, but anyway...both are great!

    Aside from the joyous celebration of coming alive that this is, I really appreciate the balance it takes on responsibility and not becoming…

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★½

    This is the most interesting Spike Lee has ever been as a director for me. The visuals are pulsating with a kaleidoscopic energy, and ballsy choices are made across the board, which mostly all work. At times the film feels akin to Predator, if the enemy was systemic injustice and violence, instead of a random alien. A mixture of Predator, The Deer Hunter, and Spike Lee's own personal sensibilities and thematic concerns; it's wild! The immersion into history, both personal…

  • A Good Marriage

    A Good Marriage

    ★★★★½

    Rohmer is at his best in this key - beautiful scenery, effortlessly insightful character study centering around the indecision of relationships, unexpected music used briefly, and ultimately uplifting but without a concrete resolution. The central character of Sabine may seem to be an impulsive gold digger, but her actions are truthful of the human condition; people naturally look for relationships where they will gain something that suits them. Her practical explanation of her own behavior makes perfect sense: she believes…

  • Mephisto

    Mephisto

    ★★★★½

    Klaus Maria Brandauer gives one of the all-time great performances, every movement is imbued with thought and inner turmoil. The backdrop of Nazism as the conflict between personal success and civil duty is extreme, but it can be applied to any individual in a capitalistic society. Every day we make choices between personal comfort and what is really better for the world, right down to buying conveniently plastic wrapped food. Yet, there are systems of society that feel inescapable, how…

  • Gallipoli

    Gallipoli

    ★★★★½

    The lead characters were totally gay for each other. Or, this would have been a masterpiece had that been explicit (minus the occasionally distracting 80's synth score). Note how in multiple instances they see naked women and neither are particularly interested. Anyway, I admire especially on reflection how subtly epic the film was - first a personal competition, then a journey across home country, then a mixing of cultures on a new continent, and finally a war-torn arrival to a…

  • Das Boot

    Das Boot

    ★★★★½

    Tremendous 3rd act and very good overall, except those shots of crew members on top of the submarine in open ocean just look fake. Is this where the "we'll only get one chance" trope in action movies was popularized? It's certainly put to great use use here; excellent suspense paired with weight and introspection. War is awful and wasteful. In many aspects this film reminded me a lot of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the chases through shrouded…

  • El Norte

    El Norte

    ★★★★½

    An intimate epic, deeply sensitive and truthful. It's a film where the rough edges add realism and personify the feeling of the story itself, while being well enough made to transcend the simplicity of the production values. The difficulties of being an immigrant, being an outsider, and having no home, are conveyed with both grace and terror. The sequence where they have to climb through the pipe is more riveting and impactful than most horror or action films. Also, how heartbreaking is it when even the people claiming to help you, are just trying to rob you.

  • You Can Count on Me

    You Can Count on Me

    ★★★★½

    Even better than I remembered. More visually interesting than I thought all those years ago, many of the shots express the headspace of the characters so well with their beautifully composed simplicity. The color green is sublimely utilized; life is steadily flowing through and encompassing these "unremarkable" individuals. Lonergan's effortless patience and understanding elevates the narrative, providing a clear window into the souls of these characters and this place. There are a few rough edges in the filmmaking that probably…

  • Queen & Slim

    Queen & Slim

    ★★★★½

    A moving twist on Thelma & Louise (NOT Bonnie & Clyde), with the perspective shifted and centralized around injustice towards black Americans. What this film does so well is show the emotional turmoil of people who feel the world falling on them, and have seemingly no choice but to run away, as the path behind them is continuously becoming hell. They literally run in this case, but it works on a metaphorical level as well, with their journey being representative of both…