Sound of Metal (Darius Marder – 2020) A

This is one of the best films from last year. The story of Ruben, the heavy metal rock drummer, who loses his hearing. It’s a movie with amazing performances all around especially by Riz Ahmed as Ruben and his girlfriend Lou played by Olivia Cook. The story is about how much we yearn for “normal”Continue reading “Sound of Metal (Darius Marder – 2020) A”

Bacurau (Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho – 2019) B+

Good mixing of genre and themes in this rough, grimy, violent and excellent Brazilian film. It is not clear what it is going to be about till maybe a third of the way through. It’s like nothing else that I’ve seen. Sure it borrows from Seven Samurai and others I suppose but the location, aContinue reading “Bacurau (Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho – 2019) B+”

Mank (David Fincher – 2020) B-

The best thing about Mank is that it made me re-watch Citizen Kane. As well-made and charming this film is I did not think it came together very well. It’s got great performances, excellent set pieces here and there and really good dialogue. Yet, it left me a bit cold. The parts were really muchContinue reading “Mank (David Fincher – 2020) B-“

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles – 1941) A+

I went back to see this -first time I had seen it was maybe 15 years ago- before I watched David Fincher’s Mank. I did not expect to be so entertained and amazed by how fantastic this film truly is. It deserves every accolade it receives for how ahead of its time it is, true,Continue reading “Citizen Kane (Orson Welles – 1941) A+”

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino – 2018) A-

Excellent horror. Not too often I say that, but this one delivers on weirdness, creepiness and style. It does not shy away from horrific imagery while still not a gore fest or exploitative. Guadagnino is really a master and I have loved all films he’s made. The pacing of his movies is always deliberate andContinue reading “Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino – 2018) A-“