nancerrez has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2019.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    Parasite shows that Bong Joon-ho has perfected his unique style of genre-defying drama-flick(?) at this point. And for me this is both the film's greatest strength and weakness. Masterfully crafted, the metaphors, as obvious as they are - visually, spatially and contextually, superimposes each other perfectly to enrich the storytelling.

    I think Bong has always made 'commercialised' films in the sense that they have a certain processed structural flow; while this is fine, in Parasite, plot turns and character decisions…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    Most unrealistic thing abt Booksmart? Baby dyke Amy didn’t fall for the *hottest mean girl in school* right away

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    I agree that coming-of-age stories should always get made, if not for its inherent value but in the hopes that every kid could find solace in something. Booksmart may be the closest it’ll get for me, and for that I’m grateful.

    Cause it’s a great film. This (delightful and spot on) cast were probably just playing variations of their true selves. Every character is multi-faceted — you don’t need to squint to see that they all have their individual aspirations…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    I know little Morgan will grow up knowing her dad loves her 3000x, 

    And I hope Natasha, soul forever suspended in space, knows we all love her 3000x.

    Goodbye Marvel, thank you.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    Slow first third but the rest made up for it. Some of the humour didn’t hit, most of the emotions did. This likely marks the end of Marvel for me (they did kill both my faves, after all), but it is a satisfying send off. 

    Marvel still did the Black Widow dirty tho, so don’t forget that.

  • Free Solo

    Free Solo

    ★★★★

    Those final minutes...my palm sweat and my heart rate. 

    Jimmy Chin and his wife really hit the jackpot with this. Alex Honnold is beyond intriguing. He makes an extraodinary documentary subject and his feat is remarkable on the scale of all human history. They deserve much credit for handling the doc ethically, with sensitivity and respect to Honnold and those around him. The technical (and physical) skill required of the crew to pull those breath-taking shots...hats off to them.

    But man Alex Honnold, the hero and anti-hero of his own story. He devastates, he inspires...just wow

  • The Hurt Locker

    The Hurt Locker

    ★★★★

    Are the details in this film accurate? Nope. Can Jeremy Renner’s living ass afford to be that reckless? Also nope. But the film does give some insight into the effects of warzone on the very soldiers at the centre of it. And trauma can do very different things to different ppl.

    The camerawork is top-notch, at times almost documentary-like. Nothing flashy here, just superb choices of restraint or controlled chaos made in all the right places. The editing is great. The tension is constant and real, as soon as they step into the warzone.

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    Fine, I admit I get emotional watching Ryan Gosling cry. 

    The score and sound mixing is top shelf (at this point, Justin Hurwitz can’t do wrong). Camerawork is great in that it fills every single mission scene with tension. There are shot compositions that may appear slightly pretentious to some, but for me were a laudable mix of effect and beauty.

    Damien Chazelle chose to depict one of mankind’s greatest achievements on a scope that is as small as it…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    For once, it seems, Yorgos has made something that isn’t primarily unsettling. The snark is still there, and the film's many anachronistic/eccentric elements blend together to make this dark comedy no less entertainingly absurd. 
    The power struggle is simple but the commentary on the tragedy of power holds. In The Favourite, the three leading women (who all bring their A-game, but Colman is the Queen) take centre stage. Their characters are full-bodied, and their interpersonal dynamics are engaging, at times even…