Jean-Luc has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2017.

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★★

    Song to Song is not a film that's going to work for everyone - although you could say the same of all of Malick's work. Some of it hasn't worked for me *cough* Knight of Cups *cough.*

    But the emotions captured by Song to Song hit me, and resonated. I literally missed the last train back to campus because I sat through the credits, letting the experience flow over me. It captures a beautiful sense of melancholy.

    Really, Song to…

  • The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen

    ★★★★★

    I'm still recuperating from this film - no, seriously. This one hit me where it hurts: deep inside my tormented psyche.

    To an extent, I'm being facetious. But goddamn. GodDAMN. It's as if everyone involved in this film knew *exactly* what they need to do to evoke the most emotional, gut wrenching response possible from me. Y'know how Manchester by the Sea left some people just... incapable of functioning? Edge of Seventeen did that to me.

    And I mean, yes,…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Considering the film is over fifteen years old now, I doubt I have anything revolutionary to add to the discourse surrounding Mulholland Drive. That being said, this film is extraordinary.
    From the opening shot, the film feels off-kilter. The performances, the ways characters react to their surroundings, the shot composition - it all just feels... off. It establishes a unique sense of tension.
    I've certainly watched films that felt more tense than this one. But the point here is not…

  • Amores Perros

    Amores Perros

    ★★★★★

    Amores Perros is a brutal dive into the lives of the abused, and their abusers. Who, in some ways, are abused just as much. The people that populate this movie consistently do terrible things - and yet, there is a constant reminder that they are people.
    As the film goes on, and further context is revealed, decisions start to make more sense. This never justifies the actions taken by the characters, and that only makes the experience more heartbreaking.
    The…