Dylan has written 31 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2019.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    There’s always been this talent lurking within Adam Sandler. And sure everyone likes to point out his more dramatic work like Punch Drunk Love or The Meyerowitz Stories, but even in his comedic work like The Wedding Singer or Happy Gilmore he taps into that same primal talent. An almost sociopathic quality that’s fueled by anger and a drive to succeed. He becomes this force of nature on screen that is breathtaking to say the least.

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    Cinema? Not cinema? One thing is certain, Marty hasn’t lost his touch. We are truly spoiled that we get to witness a film with this many greats, if only for the last time together. There’s a certain poetry at work in The Irishman that is at times both indulgent and reflective. A great reckoning for a genre built on the fragile and volatile masculine facade. This film is less focused on a man’s journey through the mob and the spoils of war, but instead the aftermath of a life filled with sin. This is Goodfellas: Endgame. Thank you and goodnight!

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★½

    None of the events depicted here probably ever happened, but by god does this make for great entertainment. A lurid and effervescent musical about the first step to finding love...learning to love yourself.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

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

    “...Maybe this isn’t the way it was...it’s the way it should have been.”

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★½

    Star Wars is a miracle. Filmmaking in general is a miracle. So much of this movie could have and should have went wrong. A space opera that combines Arthurian myth and Kurosawa films? Preposterous I know. But instead we have this perfect alchemy of all the right ingredients coming together to create magic. Pure unbridled magic. We don’t deserve Star Wars.

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★½

    Someone to hold me too close.
    Someone to hurt me too deep.

    This is not a love story, this is a story about love. That strange little force that bonds the lucky few who find it in each other. Marriage Story shows the difficulty in severing that bond. Curdling moments of vulnerability into moral defamation all in the name of saving face. Johansson and Driver both bring career best work conveying the deep introspection and regret through the chaos. The actor learning to director her life and the director finally giving a note to himself (as hackneyed as that may sound).

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    Daniel Craig is doing laps in the river of ham and we’re all here just reaping the benefits. An absolute treat of a movie that is the rare case where I’d fully recommend seeing with a packed audience.

  • Steamboat Willie

    Steamboat Willie

    ★★★★½

    He only drives the steamboat for like 20 seconds?!? Then again I guess Steamboat Willie is a better title than animal abuser mouse. The 20s were kinda wild.

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★★½

    I think it’s a damn shame that Gill man hasn’t got his due. Can we take The Mummy out of the great monster pantheon? They’re just zombies with a bit of cloth wrapped around them.

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★½

    That’s it then, I’m hooked on Miyazaki now. Just funnel all of the rest of his films directly into my face.

    It’s really crazy just how relevant a text that grew out of Cold War paranoia is in today’s times. Everybody loses in war.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Not the film that Tarantino Stans are probably expecting, but the one that’s needed today. It seems as though Baby’s first auteur has finally grown up. Both a heartfelt valentine and melancholic elegy for a bygone era that makes a case for the magic of the movies. I’ll definitely need to see it again, but for now it’s time to say goodnight. I’ll see you tomorrow.

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★★½

    I’m speechless. I’m confused. I’m happy (not Hogan). I’m angry. This is probably going to be the next Iron Man 3 for the MCU. Is this a good movie? Or just a really good illusion of one? Help!

    I need another watch to fully crystallize my thoughts. To put it in a few words: Brilliant but lazy.