Elisha has written 7 reviews for films rated ★½ during 2020.

  • Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper


    This is really just one long complaint. It’s not necessarily a good, or even intellectually engaging review:

    I spent a few hours today listening to several of Paul Schrader’s lectures on style and writing. Decided to check this one out after having heard it mentioned a few times throughout each of them. It’s home to about an hour and a half of actors not really connecting with the material, turning in line-reading after line-reading on top of telegraphed facial expressions.…

  • Millennium Mambo

    Millennium Mambo


    This movie has a magnificent opening, and a magnificent closing monologue. What I find it lacks is contrast within its characters. It suffers from many of the same issues as Maurice Pialat’s We Won’t Grow Old Together, but perhaps with even less insight into its subject than that film. It understands what makes abusive relationships “bad”, but it has no clue what personalities or what actions actually make them tick. For that, we’re treated to the same flat arguments disguised as…

  • We Won't Grow Old Together

    We Won't Grow Old Together


    I’ll start off by saying that Marlène Jobert’s performance in this is stellar, and in my eyes—she carries this film. There isn’t much to the relationship between the two main characters, and as far as portrayals of abusive relationships go, I found this too unsubtle to invest in. It checks off the insults, intimidation, and manipulation, but it hardly dives beneath the most overt forms of each and repeats them to a fault. Granted, abuse is cyclical, yes. I did…

  • Sisters



    This movie was kind of insufferable. It takes the most mundane parts of Psycho, Rear Window, and Scooby Doo and rolls them all into one. It has a beginning and an end, but it’s scrambling for scenes throughout the entirety of its second act. Worst of all, I found myself bored. NOW, that opening sequence, that dream sequence, the split screen, and the costume design? Fucking fantastic. Also, I get the tongue in cheek racism, but was the gorilla mise-en-scène in the medium shot of a Black guy reeeeally necessary? No, it wasn’t. Neither was this film’s runtime.

  • Ghost World

    Ghost World


    Pseudo-controversial piece of white-womanhood that dissects the artistic merit of racist caricature as a means to justify it’s own pseudo-controversial existence (which is, academically speaking, some white woman shit). A tale of other-ness, or better yet, a tale of someone trying too hard to obtain other-ness. Incredibly tame in both content and form, and worse because it thinks it isn’t. +1 star for the clear telephone nostalgia tho.

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man


    Mind numbingly boring film that constantly calls attention to the fact that it’s a film. Could never quite shake the feeling that I was watching a fashion advertisement. Neither the writing, nor the directing ever reaches below the aesthetic surface.

  • Suspiria



    Boy this was hot buttered booty cheeks. The audacious whackiness was pleasant at some points and mildly annoying at others. The bedroom scene at the end at least made me feel something. Other than that? This was a mess of a story and worse, it was mostly boring.