Elisha has written 21 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2021.

  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

    ★★★★

    Watched this one with my auntie and my uncle. They’ve both seen it like a hundred times and wanted to put me on. Shit was hilarious, especially with them two cracking jokes between jokes.

  • High Hopes

    High Hopes

    ★★★★

    A class-by-class exploration of the myriad ways in which we distance ourselves from our personal fears and feelings of impotence. Namely, through the full spectrum of political postures, intellectualism, and empty cultural signifiers—be they a faulty marriage, a painting, an opera, or even a chess set. Cyril’s aversion to family life and fatherhood, masked behind his nebulous concerns about the world at large is my personal favorite because of how prevalent sentiments like these have been in my own life.…

  • Emma Mae

    Emma Mae

    ★★★★

    I have a lot of love for just how disciplined this film is in terms of intent. One of Fanaka’s earliest and most violent set-pieces lingers beyond the point of sensation, eventually finding its way towards the subject that he cares about most: the people whose emotions and well-being serve as collateral damage to the fray. The same dogma applies to characters like Big Daddy or even Emma Mae herself, who are introduced, or could easily serve as, one-note caricatures…

  • A New Leaf

    A New Leaf

    ★★★★

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    Feels good to want to watch movies again, and this was easily the perfect one to start with. I found this hilarious, but also I find it a bit concerning that some people find this film to have a happy ending. Even without the inclusion of May’s intended murder-subplot that further damns Henry as a character, it’s still very clear to me that the ending is both ironic and bleak—not sweet.


    Henry is more or less the sole beneficiary…

  • And Nothing Happened

    And Nothing Happened

    ★★★★

    Felt on a level beneath words. I cried to it.

    All-Time Favorite Short Films (Ranked)

  • His Motorbike, Her Island

    His Motorbike, Her Island

    ★★★★

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    As time goes on, and we attempt to draw on the things and people that have affected us most, dreams and memories become indistinguishable from one another. I was so lost in the romance that I didn’t realize how heartbreaking that final switch to black & white on the island could potentially be. But whether it ended one way or another seems so secondary to the experience of feeling the wind with someone else, or remembering the music and the danger that marked the moment. Such a beautiful film when I sit back and think about it. A new comfort for me.

  • Person to Person

    Person to Person

    ★★★★

    Love this (that fucking soundtrack!). Has such a unique comedic rhythm, and I can’t even capture what makes it work. I kind of don’t want to. Also cool that this is produced by David Gordon Green! Gonna check out the feature next.

    Added to All-Time Favorite Short Films (Ranked)

  • Master, a Building in Copacabana

    Master, a Building in Copacabana

    ★★★★

    Definitely a film to grow with over the years. Everyone here is an artist or a poet in some sense, with dreams and deeply held beliefs about love, pain and the definition of happiness stemming directly from their own storied lives. I’ll always think of Mr. Henrique when I listen to Frank Sinatra’s My Way.

    You can find this film on rarefilmm & ok.ru!

  • Landscape in the Mist

    Landscape in the Mist

    ★★★★

    A bit too given over to symbolism and affectation at some points (the horse/wedding scene and the snowing police station scene) but there’s enough here that feels genuinely motivated by the mysteries of humanity (Voula’s journey and dance on the beach with a staircase that leads to nowhere) for me to say that I enjoyed this. A journey filled with small wonders, suffering, and uncertainty that ends where all of innocence was lost. A never ending search for the Father.

  • The Bakery Girl of Monceau

    The Bakery Girl of Monceau

    ★★★★

    Take 1 of The Six Moral Tales and take 2 of me trying to get into Rohmer’s films (Le Rayon Vert just wasn’t doing it for me that day). I think this may have been a better place to start, if only because this time around I feel much more attuned to Rohmer’s fearlessness in indulging the worst in his characters without feeling the need to frame it as such. Dishonest romance is still tender, and what would serve as…

  • Boy

    Boy

    ★★★★

    Reminiscent of Kore-eda’s Shoplifters (well, technically that film is reminiscent of this one). Gotta head across town, but need to make a note of how Oshima uses the entire frame to explore the emotional depths of a story. Although the actions, consequences, and outbursts of the adults dominate the frame, what really matters here is what lies on the periphery—the voiceless children whose inner lives are affected, and perhaps illustrated, by all of this turmoil. Their only friends are ones…

  • The Scenic Route

    The Scenic Route

    ★★★★

    “I remember the silences the most. I think I’m ready for a meaningful affair.”

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    Thanks to Ray Carney for putting me on to Michael Rappaport (in spite of the beef they may have). One of the most interesting films I’ve seen in a while. It expresses the tiniest feelings and observations—one’s that get lost in the shuffle, yet affect us deeply when remembered—and commits to expressing them through mediums and gestures that would only…