Elisha has written 43 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★

    The camera work in this was immaculate. The battle sequences are as beautiful as they are storied. The shot taking us into the cross-like structures where the execution will take place is brilliantly composed from the bottom with that signature tracking movement that, in combination, makes you feel as if you’re heading towards your own death. The narrative wasn’t quite strong enough for me, but I found the court room scene to be especially enticing. Kirk Douglas was a titan on screen, and any time he appeared in frame I couldn’t pull my eyes away.

  • Pickpocket

    Pickpocket

    Watched this some time ago, and forgot to mention that this is Crime and Punishment.

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★

    I’m not completely sure if this movie completely undoes what it does right (philosophically) by the very end, but honestly....fuck it. Still pretty cool. And funny.

  • Ordet

    Ordet

    ★★★

    I could feel, too apparently, that this film was an argument. There’s nothing wrong with arguments, but my investment in those arguing was constantly fluctuating. I loved the use of shadow, the blocking, atmosphere, and especially the music. But the drama never came all the way together for me. The ending poses an interesting question to those of the faith, and I honestly wish Dreyer hadn’t answered it.

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★

    This was equal parts breathtaking, ridiculous, funny, and ham-fisted. It was worth the great moments that it has and at points actually manages to evoke some of my childhood fears. The direction was interesting, and given the time period this was released in it seemed a bit progressive. All in all, I am positive that Tim Burton would not exist without this.

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★

    I can best describe this as a clinically funny movie.





    It did make me laugh out loud a few times, but I think it just didn’t provide an emotional experience to go along with said laughs. And yeah I got all the metaphors. Cool movie. Makes me want to watch Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket short again (which I love).

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★

    The setup, acting, and stylistic choices are fantastic. 

    But the narrative fails the film, for me. It keeps me at a distance from the very things that put it in a position to be great, namely Pattinson (who seems bewildered and trapped behind his own eyes) and Dafoe. Thus, I was unable to follow each of them on their respective descents into madness because I didn’t really get a chance to care for or know them aside from some loose…