Jean-Luc has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2017.

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    ★★★★

    Considering comments made by the Marston estate, it's pertinent to preface this review with an acknowledgement that Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, in all likelihood, is not an accurate depiction of the lives of William Moulton Marston, Elizabeth Marston, and Olive Byrne.

    With that out of the way, this film is fantastic. It's rare that a film is so careful in its depiction of sex, romance, and sexuality. At no moment does the film feel exploitative. Rather, it is concerned…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    ★★★★

    By the time The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford started winding down, I was feeling its length. For a film that's nearly three hours long, that isn't much of a surprise. What was surprising was that, when I first checked the time code, I was already two hours into the film.

    That time felt like it had breezed by. And yes, the film is slow moving and methodical. But I was so engrossed in the world…

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    ★★★★

    Utterly breathtaking. From the opening shot, Tom Ford sweeps the viewer into the world that he's created - one where every details seems to matter. It makes perfect sense that Ford would care so much about aesthetic. Here, it's what makes the film feel special.

    Yes, the performances are incredible and heart wrenching. It's the type of film that will leave most people deeply moved and devastated. The plot, however, is paint by numbers. It's handled incredibly well, but it…