Zurrie has written 26 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Swallow

    Swallow

    ★★★★

    A movie that might seem obvious and unbelievable at times, yet more often feels startlingly revealing by making its points in such a uniquely roundabout manner. So many instances here of "...what, really" rise above being merely curious or intended for shock value, and feel like part of a cohesive underlying fabric. The final scene is brilliant in its staging and gentle observation. I loved the cinematography throughout, the usage of color is striking without being gaudy, combined with exquisite…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    That shade on A Beautiful Mind, though. I couldn't stop laughing. Not everything works here, but the twisty interiority and grim reality mixed with unreality is an engaging mind trip. Jessie Buckley's performance is amazing, it's very difficult to make a character like this interesting, she doesn't overplay the depression (or, whatever it may be) and is continually engaged with the material, living the situation; the thoughts and emotions spill out of her small gestures, the genuine confusion.

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★

    I cried and literally shook. Overwhelming. It's an uneven movie, but so truthful about the emotional and day-to-day impact of systemic...many things. A heartbreaking, wild, smart, deservedly angry scream for awareness.

  • Queen Millennia

    Queen Millennia

    ★★★★

    A hidden gem of animation and music (quite literally hidden; message me for a good quality english subtitled version, it's very hard to find). It's kind of like a cataclysmic version of Princess Kaguya where she must turn against her own kind in order to protect humanity from invasion. The fantastical and action elements are executed with a mixture of elegance and terror, alongside a solid reservoir of emotion. There's a tv series of the same name that stretches out…

  • The Return of the Soldier

    The Return of the Soldier

    ★★★★

    What a tragically underseen mini-classic. Circling around memory, love, lost time, and social construct, powered by the women at its core. The opposing forces of Julie Christie and Glenda Jackson, discreetly maneuvering through the shattering prospects of their lives being turned upside down. Ann-Margret is unrecognizable in a very demure role, filled with sensitivity. Is happiness via ignorance something that should be allowed, when the course of your life was drastically altered because of a simple miscommunication? Can 20 years just be set aside?

  • The Prodigal Son

    The Prodigal Son

    ★★★★

    Most films of this type are eye-rolling schlock to me, but this was actually hilarious and the fighting was very well executed, with somewhat more purpose behind it. There's a knowing understanding here of how silly these stories can be, with tongue-in-cheek dialogue and scenarios that create a fun sense of heightened reality, but still with a kind of seriousness towards the desires and motivations of the characters. It's a very tricky balancing act that takes quite a bit of skill to pull off, and this is one of the best I've ever seen of a kung fu comedy threading that needle.

  • Oblomov

    Oblomov

    ★★★★

    Interesting character study of ennui and lacking self-confidence, with imagery I found bewitching. There's constantly a musty darkness being contrasted with the comforting repose of nature. Attractive homes and clothing and food, but with a kind of rot underneath, a reflection of Russian society at the time it would seem. The director uses distance within the frame quite well, and camera movements, although on a technical level there's something lacking with the cinematography to fulfill the complete vision (and the…

  • The Animals Film

    The Animals Film

    ★★★★

    Very well made and crucial film for its time, while still being timeless with how it queries animal rights. The cross-cutting of small animals being caught in traps where they suffer, with fur coats going down the runway of a fashion show. Quite potent, as are other visualizations and implications presented here, most notably how overdone animal experimentation is. Other docs have expanded further on the extent of environmental and biological issues with the meat industry, but to have the…

  • Mur Murs

    Mur Murs

    ★★★★

    Colorful, sexy, personal, cultural. Public murals as a means of expression, of community coming together, of social protest, of local personality and history. Minorities finding a way to heighten their voices. A vision of putting space to use. An inkling of how humanity can help each other. Finding beauty everywhere and in everyone. Shirtless well groomed men glistening in the sun. Bodies bulging in clothing. Los Angeles as the ultimate melting pot and place where dreams can become reality, partially. Whispers from beyond. Varda's best documentary.

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★

    Amazing physical tension John Carpenter is able to create throughout parts of this, and an authoritative mixture of gruesome and patient visuals (also thanks to the stunning effects/makeup work). Compared to ALIEN, the setup here gains something extra with the creature being able to take over human bodies, although the script for The Thing doesn't fully maximize that potential. There's also a fear of death that's missing here, an existential dread. The characters are mainly concerned with barking at each other and acting tough, they aren't multifaceted enough, and the performances don't reach the level that someone like Sigourney Weaver was able to achieve.

  • Diva

    Diva

    ★★★★

    Orgasmic sound design and music. Beautifully paced and wonderful cinematography in the second half. I loved the relationship between the fan and the diva, how their bond grew without any crazed theatrics (while the rest of the film is swirling with craziness), how gently he was there for her at all times and how she comes to find something that had been missing. The overall plotting of the film could have been a bit better and the tertiary characters better…

  • The Fox and the Hound

    The Fox and the Hound

    ★★★★

    What a joy to revisit this and realize the formative impact it had on me as a kid. Cooper the sweet little pup, turned to an aggressive hunting dog by the ignorant hunter. In my own family the boys were all supposed to take up hunting, but I never cared for it. Todd the fox's adamant belief in Cooper as a creature of friendliness and adventure, someone who shared his own world and would never fully "go to the dark…