Dylan has written 62 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    The Matrix: or how to break all of the rules inside of the system.

    A movie of near seismic proportion. Rules.

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★★

    Having just one great scene in your movie isn’t cool, you know what is cool? Having all the scenes in your movie be great.

  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★★

    And so we beat on, mowers against the road, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★★

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

    What struck me the most on this watch was the aching loneliness within the driver. The shot of him walking up to Nino’s Pizza wearing the mask speaks volumes for his character. An outsider staring in, wearing a mask that’s just on the verge of uncanny. A square peg in a world full of round holes.

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    A film so good it’ll give you the sweats.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Still holds up! 

    Very close runner up for best Star Wars cinematography. It’s the perfect blend of encroaching darkness that matches the overall mood of the film. Same goes for John Williams score. The Imperial March still slaps so hard as the embodiment of unstoppable approaching evil. There is still hope though with a love story born of tragedy that is snuffed out just as it was beginning to blossom.

    This movie fucks so hard.

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★★

    Going through Michael Mann’s filmography this past month or so, it seemed to me that there was always this strange art house movie bubbling underneath. Through the heavily researched details of cops and robbers you can see his more imaginative side in images like the woman with no eyes or mouth in Manhunter or the almost cosmic horror that is Big Tabacco in The Insider. Miami Vice seems like the apex of Michael Mann’s battle between the tangible and intangible.…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    Anyone want to go ponder over a coyote with me?

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

    The best superhero movie. Bar none.

    Which is absolutely crazy in a sense that Spider-man is merely in the background and the whole movie is about Peter Parker and his struggles. Spider-man is as much a villain as Doc Ock if not more so. Peter is miserable and the film does a great job showing his struggles and absolutely shines during the small character moments as a result of all the conflicts caused by being a superhero. Forget The Dark…

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★★

    Works way better on a rewatch. I can finally see clearly now.

    Not so much 80s cheese as it is an exploration into the darkest depths of cinematic voyeurism.

    In other words it does indeed....slap.

  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★★

    Judge Judy and Executioner is the name of my next rock album.

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

    Comic book movies should just retire having a big action scene on a train. Thank you, this has been my hot take.