Robo has written 10 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2019.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★½

    “Where’s the money?! Where’s the money, you fat motherfucker! Where’s the money?!” 

    First watch. Pretty damn good. What a weird third act twist. 

    And uh, Potter still got that 8k. Wtf.

  • Rushmore

    Rushmore

    ★★★★½

    This has always been my favorite Wes Anderson. It came to me at the right time and struck the the right chord. 

    Today was the first time I watched the Criterion Blu-Ray and realized that Connie Neilson and *the* Dennis the Menace were in the cast and then Wes Anderson mentioned Powell and Pressburger which totally made connections in my brain I didn’t know were there. 

    Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Red Shoes are my top two P&P films and they get name dropped and suddenly all became clear. 

    This film is fantastic. 

    Thank you Criterion.

  • Burden of Dreams

    Burden of Dreams

    ★★★★½

    “Even the stars up here in the sky look like a mess. There is no harmony in the universe. We have to get acquainted to this idea that there is no harmony as we have conceived it. But when I say this all full of admiration for the jungle. It is not that I hate it, I love it, I love it very much, but I love it against my better judgment.”

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd see Tommy Lee Jones make webcam videos about God and aliens.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★½

    Nothing in the years since has managed to capture the feelings of these films. The MCU took a decade and 22 films to even approximate what these did in three, and still it’s not even close. 


    This won all of the awards, and rightfully so, then had its reputation diminished by the prequels, which is beyond unfair. 

    A total masterpiece, an incredible conclusion to a ferocious epic, that has yet to be eclipsed by any successor. 

    All hail the king. 

    No one bows to you.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★½

    Helm’s Deep gets a lot of the praise when it comes to this film, but with the Fellowship separated it allows this film to truly expand. Edoras is maybe the most beautiful set in all three films, and it’s real, they built that on a mountain. 


    And can we talk about production design? Each film builds a entire culture from nothing to truly recognizable design elements that are instantly recognizable, Rohan, Elves, Dwarves, Gondor, Isengard, Mordor, name a modern movie…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★½

    Let’s put things into perspective, has any modern blockbuster had one sequence that was better than the “Mines of Moria”? And this one film has so many great sequences it’s almost gluttonous. 

    The source material rocks, but the adaptation is so masterfully executed that upon the unpteenth rewatch it’s still captivating and exciting. 

    It’s also one of the best cast films of all time, has one of the best scores, cinematography, editing, costumes, sound design, and the practical and visual…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A Tarantino fairy-tale that isn't as dark or violent as you might expect.

    This is Tarantino's 3rd Western - make no mistake about that. He's paid homage to spaghetti-westerns, claustrophobic-westerns and now television westerns of the 50's and 60's.

    DiCaprio's Rick Dalton is on the verge of fading out and he's taking his best friend / stuntman / driver with him. Both are drifting along in the late 60's - the jobs aren't as good as they used to be,…

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★½

    "Ain't a hard time been invented, that I cannot handle."

    Heat is one of those films where so much has been borrowed from it since it came out that it's a little hard to place it in the proper context in modern times. There's also a tendency to misjudge what is actually happening on screen due what came after it in those years of its peak influence.

    Mann's cold, blunt and melodramatic style flourishes and revels in this crime-drama. the…

  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★★★½

    The first time watch was when it was in theaters, and after the first act I was underwhelmed. Now, after watching it again I'm knocked out by how great this film is. Each act now is just as strong as the other two, and the history of these two families forms a beautifully, tragic story. Gosling, Cooper and DeHaan all turn in one of their best performances, and Eva Mendes hasn't been this good before or since.

    Incredible film making that totally deserved its reevaluation.