JR has written 15 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

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

    It's amazing how after all the prejudice from the initial "guilty" side is broken down you realise there was just as much prejudice on the "not guilty" side. Juror 8 makes some great observations yet they too all have flaws. The idea of having 100% certainty before sending a man to his death makes complete sense. But if that was the case then how much capital punishment would actually be able to be enforced? How many guilty people would go…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

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

    Wouldn't a will that names Gustave the sole heir in the event of Mme. D's death by murder make the man seem more guilty?

    The way Anderson physically frames stuff within the movie is emblematic because the man's a damn artist.

    95/100

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

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

    So Mr Candie fucks his sister?

    The racism in this movie is angering and discomforting (as it should to be) at the start yet the sheer ridiculous extent and volume of it becomes comedic for some reason. Samuel L. Jackson's character is damn hilarious. Tarantino's best without a shadow of a doubt.

    97/100

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★★

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

    Everyone was like "for Frodo'' whilst Sam kills Shelob, collects the ring, saves Frodo from the orcs, carries Frodo up the Volcano and lastly saves Frodo from falling into lava. Was a "For Frodo and Sam" too long?

    From Gollum's trickery to Denethor's evil madness to the many enthralling battles throughout. A magnificent way to finish off the greatest trilogy/ series of all time.

    98/100

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

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

    Is the life of an elf worth more than the life of a man? I mean they are goddamn immortal. The elves that went into battle at Helm's Deep were just about to head off to Valinor where they would live to the end of time. They were either incredibly selfless to help the men or suicidal (I don't know if I'd want to live out a full eternity to be fair).

    Smeagols disturbing conflict with Gollum, the gripping march of the Ents, the engrossing battle of Helm's Deep. The fact this isn't the best movie of the trilogy is amazing.

    97/100

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

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

    It's such a shame that this long, perilous, on foot journey was necessary. If only there was a virtuous group of giant eagles that could drop Frodo off at Mount Doom….oh wait.
    Seriously though, Gandalf gets around Middle Earth like it's nothing, could he not have got a better mode of transport for the fellowship?

    It's a similar pattern every time; 20 minutes in and I'm sucked back into the beautiful fantasy of Middle-earth. 40 minutes in and I become…

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★★★

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

    Just goes to show that you can always find success in life, even after being wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to a brutal prison, so long as you have hope…. as well as genius level banking skills and prison guards that are too stupid to check behind a suspiciously large poster.

    "“Hope” is the thing with feathers", Brooks was forced to let his thing with feathers go. I hate to agree with such a common opinion but this is probably the best, if not one of the best, movies ever made.

    98/100

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    ★★★★★

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    So the people knew how intelligent and humanlike the animals were but just kept treating them as normal¿

    The puppet animation freaked me out as a child but I'm really glad I went back for a rewatch, masterpiece.

    96/100

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★★

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    Batman really isn't as powerful as I thought he was. Did he really struggle against a couple of dogs not once but twice in this film? I honestly reckon that Dom Torettos stronger than the guy.
    Also, surely his highly advanced suit is bulletproof?

    Probably the best superhero movie of all time, even though the actual superhero in it isn't all that great. Heath Ledger's joker will always be the greatest movie villain ever.

    96/100

  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    ★★★★★

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    Is Nathan playing a character? Is everyone playing a character? Is it all real, fake or a bit of both? Was I in on the joke or am I the stupid one to have believed some of what I was watching was real? Is Fielder self destructive or genius for getting me to question this?

    "Here I go. Diggin'n in again."-The slightly phychotic William Heath. Seriously though this is the most captivating, heartbreaking and hilarious love story I've ever watched.

    96/100

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

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    Would the other college professors hear Fletcher chuck a drum kit across the room while insulting a student's dead grandma and just think "yep, that's a completely normal, legal way to teach a class"?

    One of the greatest music films of all time. I'm not even into jazz yet that final performance from Andrew gave me an amazing buzz.

    95/100

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

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

    As a man that will inevitably suffer from male pattern baldness I share lieutenant Raines appreciation for scalp.

    It's so satisfyingly entertaining to watch bad people be brutally killed in a movie (in this case Nazis). I mean what better way to end a film than in a Tarantino bloodbath that sees Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels in the midst of it.

    95/100