Jean-Luc has written 29 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    It's like Columbus, but for kids!

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    ★★★★

    I will watch this movie any time of the year

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    Been more than long enough since seeing this in theaters to make it feel exciting again. I was surprised just how much of it I did remember, which I think is a testament to how good the movie is--a lot of the visuals stick with you because it's got a really cool, consistent aesthetic. Good movie, lots of fun, ending still kinda sucks but what can ya do. Definitely my favorite Tom Cruise movie.

  • Boys State

    Boys State

    ★★★★

    Genuinely amazing look at the psychotic people who are "passionate about politics." If anything I think the movie is too kind to them (because they are, ultimately, 17) but it's fun to just point and laugh at virtually everyone on screen.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★

    Under the Silver Lake takes multiple massive swings and, at best, half-connects on some of them. The script never quite decides exactly how ironic it wants to be, and as such anything it actually tries to say sort of falls apart. At times, it certainly feels like a shell of a dozen better movies, and can’t line up with any of them.

    But what actually comes through—a movie about the crippling effects of alienation—is super good. The rich and powerful…

  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    ★★★★

    Add this to the ever-growing list of 2019 movies I expected to find grating but wound up really enjoying

  • The Purge: Anarchy

    The Purge: Anarchy

    ★★★★

    Holy shit. The Purge had a lot more interesting ideas than I expected, but was plagued by a third act lacking the resolve to fully follow through. Anarchy is a completely different beast, more purposeful and confident in its themes than its predecessor. Thematically, narratively, and structurally it's a far better and more interesting movie.

    The biggest shift is in the protagonists. Where The Purge centered around a wealthy family who profited off the securitization and militarization of the population,…

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    ★★★★

    I watched this like half an hour after I woke up this morning and haven't stopped listening to "To Lose My Life..." all day, that one scene with "Death" genuinely shifted my perspective on the whole record.

  • Anima

    Anima

    ★★★★

    Love everything going on here, Anima the album is Yorke's best work in years and PTA's intense, brilliant composition juxtaposes beautifully with the more stripped down songs. The throughline of movement, of constantly struggling against sometimes invisible forces was extremely poignant, constant labor in the face of immense resistance for the smallest of rewards. There's a hopefulness to the ending, a sort of raison d'etre for life and art, stipulating mere survival isn't enough.

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★★

    I've had a few hours to sit with this movie now and I think the second thrust of my review, about not caring, was entirely off base. The Souvenir is certainly a bit of a chore to watch, and really feels like it drags at times. But man, the more I think about it the more I appreciate Hogg's willingness to allow it to play out at its own pace.

    The Souvenir has a really life-like quality to it, not…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★★

    The Wick movies have always traded in brutality. Gritty, realistic action sequences set the first two installments apart from their contemporaries, pulling no punches in terms of violence. Parabellum ratchets up the brutality once again, though this time it’s less about the violence and more about watching the titular character’s descent into hell.

    Which isn’t to imply there’s a shortage of violence. In fact, the third installment has some of the most grotesque kills yet. The violence is as gorgeously…

  • The End of the Tour

    The End of the Tour

    ★★★★

    So few biopics really understand how to get the essence of their subject across. Most settle for biographical facts, taking us through 10, 20, 30, 50 years of a person's life. The End of the Tour does the opposite--there's little of value to be drawn from showing the audience David Foster Wallace's elementary school experience or what he was like in college.

    All of it is captured in the span of three days. Sure, End of the Tour gets to…