IIHA has written 46 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Harry and Tonto

    Harry and Tonto

    ★★★★½

    If a movie were my spirit animal, this would be it. An incurable case of wanderlust rooted in human connection with a fierce desire for independence and a cat who goes on walks. I took nearly the same journey once and I’d do it again.

  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    ★★★★½

    Impressive. Delicate. Piercing. Magnanimous.
    Still trying to find the right words, but it is something special for sure.

  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★½

    Whoa.
    Drop the crowbar and calm the F down.
    This film is paranoia personified. Blinded by his desire to know the truth, teetering between genius and madness, a man finds himself engulfed by a cacophony of fear.
    What’s that sound? 
    It’s my jaw, dropping.

  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing

    ★★★★½

    You really have to see it to believe it. People who get really upset by satire should watch this to understand what actual offensive behavior looks like. That being said, I did find myself letting out a few chuckles because in addition to being mass murderers these men are also a little ridiculous.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★½

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

    How exciting it is to walk the line between genius and madness? If we believe hard enough the aliens will invite us on their ship and take us away from this world. Or at least that is the hope they are selling us in Close Encounters. Imagine if the movie had ended because they put Richard Dreyfuss in the loony bin for stealing things out of the neighbors yards to build a giant sand castle in his living room...
    I…

  • Adaptation.

    Adaptation.

    ★★★★½

    This film was not at all what I remembered. But just as original all these years later. A great reminder to live life right now without worrying what anyone else thinks. Makes me wish there were more Kaufman screenplays out there. 
    This is one of my favorite performances by Meryl Streep. It is somehow a very grounded and totally off-kilter at the same time.

  • Network

    Network

    ★★★★½

    I have to admit I was well over halfway through this film before I realized it was a satire. I’m not sure how I avoided spoilers about this film for the last 44 years, but somehow I did. It got me. I’m simultaneously chuckling at the prophetic truth and shaking my head because absolutely nothing has changed. And not just for the last 4 decades, but the last 20 centuries. We the people can shout and scream and shake our…

  • What's Up, Doc?

    What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★★½

    What a charming and utterly goofy little film! It is full of good, old-fashioned, G-rated hilarity. Streisand is delightful, O’Neal is hunky, and the stunt team is fantastic. This movie is doesn’t try to be anything more than exactly what it is, ridiculous. It is sure to make you smile at the very least.

  • Annie Hall

    Annie Hall

    ★★★★½

    How had I never seen this before!?! Diane Keaton was so lovely. The film was executed beautifully. Uncomfortable, hilarious, and timelessly unique.

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★★½

    When I say my favorite color is gray, people often ask, “Why?”. Most people don’t understand its beauty, but Hu Bo definitely did. The world around the four main characters was in perpetual motion, but the depth of the gray grounded the film with a sense of stillness. Vast, unending pain that sticks to the present moment just long enough to feel hope slip through your fingers. Watching this film was like bringing your attention back to your breath during meditation. Letting go followed by expectation followed by letting go. That’s the beauty of gray.