Elisha has written 105 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★

    “It's just fear and priggishness to believe in limits. There are no limits, neither to thoughts nor feelings. It's anxiety that sets limits.”

  • Wings

    Wings

    ★★★★

    Few things are as constricting as a new life and the suit that comes with it. The last 45 minutes of this are immaculate. I love Shepitko’s camera. I love the score. The embellishment of emotions unspoken, especially at the house party and the plane yard. This was a great debut and a great introduction to a directors work.

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★

    After watching Pixote I was depressed for days and couldn’t bring myself to watch a movie. 

    Naturally I picked Dogtooth to lift my spirits. Another great power-play from one of my favorite filmmakers showcases the power of misinformation. The family here operates as an insular nation-state, and those under the rule of the patriarch vie for power and manipulate each other with power plays of their own. As such, the family in Dogtooth is an intensely concentrated microcosm of the…

  • Dog

    Dog

    ★★★★

    Shit

  • Milk

    Milk

    ★★★★

    I’m actually floored. The grief response captured here is so smart, and so outside of the realm of what most male writers would think to do that some of them actually think it’s dumb.

  • The Housemaid

    The Housemaid

    ★★★★

    Fuck that was a lot 💀

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★

    I love how pathetic these men are. They’re not jokes, but they are pathetic. Pathetic in both desire and execution. They storm jungles, but hit their heads on trees and branches. They hang “traitors”, but aren’t quite strong enough to even do so. Even when they get “directions” towards the mythical city, they stab the guy because he won’t accept their God. And their leader, the greatest traitor of them all, the wrath of God!!, wears the most armor out…

  • L'Argent

    L'Argent

    ★★★★

    I now understand Yorgos Lanthimos better

  • Men in Black

    Men in Black

    ★★★★

    Men in Black is, in my eyes, the perfect blockbuster. 

    For one, it’s hilarious. The humor is a lot more layered than I remember (obviously, even though I wore the tape out as a kid). The cinematography is great and feels lifted from the pages of a comic book without ever lapsing into self-parody. I love the  action sequences, and a villain this disgusting makes me feel something when he shows up. I need that. The costumes are fantastic (I…