Jean-Luc has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2019.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Some (still loose thoughts) now that I've had a little space:

    - Ditching the sci-fi trappings paid off really well for Joon-ho, everything lands so much harder than in Snowpiercer even though thematically they're very similar. Even the more on the nose metaphors (a homeless man literally living in the rich family's basement without them knowing) work really well
    - Love how Joon-ho teases out the underlying tension over the course of the movie's run time and shifts it from…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★★

    It's been a couple years since I last watched Neon Demon, so considering I'm doing a podcast about it this week it felt like time to rewatch it. And, wow... my perspective has shifted a lot since the last time I saw this. I'm in a different place now, and this reads as much more flawed but also far more ambitious, and I like it more for both of those things. I need to rewatch his other work (Drive in particular) but this may be my favorite Refn.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    As the credits rolled on Midsommar, I felt frozen. I turned my phone on, but was so absorbed in what I had just watched I didn't even look at the screen. All I could do was watch the names roll across the screen, distraught by what I had just seen. I walked all the way home, not wanting to have my thoughts or emotional state interrupted by getting on the bus or calling a Lyft.

    Midsommar didn't scare me so…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    "I though you hated architecture."
    "I do. But I'm interested in what moves you."

    The scene this quote is taken from perfectly encapsulates the feeling of being with someone, and just being so enthralled by them, so intoxicated by their company it doesn't matter if you have no grounding or interest in the things they're talking about. You just sort of stand or sit there, drinking it all in, sinking into their voice and ideas in a way that feels…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★★

    I don't think the ending of Lady Bird will ever stop leaving me in tears. It's so personal to me, this idea of falling in love with a place and the people there and then just.... up and moving thousands of miles away. You never get enough time with the people you love, and you don't even realize it until you've been on your own for a week and just ache knowing there's so much left unsaid and so much…

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Empire never disappoints as a comfort movie, it's always an absolute delight and just so masterful on nearly every axis. I meant to do my rewatch in chronological order and probably still will but I needed this today.

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★★

    Prison, as understood by the West, is inherently isolationist. Even a shorter sentence cuts prisoners off from the rest of the world for months at a time. Isolation is a unique cruelty, preventing people from engaging in basic social activities. Re-adjusting to the world outside prison--which can change substantially--isn't easy either. You might as well be living in space.

    Movies presenting space as a prison or a vehicle through which characters experience a deep sense of isolation are far from…