Robo has written 8 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2018.

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★

    It's hard to find words.

    It's two Orson Welles' films directing them as if he wasn't Orson Welles, a semi-autobiographical-mockumentary that was ahead of it's time and still ahead of what most would do with medium now.

    The film-within-the-film is without dialogue, the "documentary" part is chock-full of great dialogue. It says a lot of about film-making, celebrity, the enigma of a person, sexuality, friendships, relationships, betrayal, suicide -- all the things Orson seemed to be beset by throughout his…

  • Private Life

    Private Life

    ★★★★

    There’s nothing more cinematic than a depressed Paul Giamatti being frustrated and disinterested with hardcore pornography.

  • The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins

    The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins

    ★★★★

    A day in the life of one of America’s premier poets and artists of the 20th century. A small glimpse that widens the eye, touches the soul, and speaks universally while whispering about a moment.

  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★★

    I can't think of a director more in need of an apology from Hollywood than Orson Welles. Even when acting as a director for hire in an attempt to regain a bit of his former reputation he operates on such a grand level of intrigue, suspense and melodrama that anyone thought he couldn't or shouldn't have full autonomy of his edit borders on spite.

    "The Stranger" as it exists now (in the public domain), is grainy, scratched, full of audio…

  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    I wouldn't doubt it if Joseph Cotten was the mere figment of a lot of wive's imagination circa 1944

  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    ★★★★

    It’s always interesting to see a film that could’ve been two very different films with minimal changes. On one hand this could have been a very tense historical-thriller but in the hands of this team it becomes a screwball-comedy of sorts that maintains the political intrigue and the gruesome reality of the history. Steve Buscemi gives his best film performance in a long time and all of the supporting cast excel in their roles. The film does shift tones quickly,…

  • A League of Their Own

    A League of Their Own

    Penny Marshall did something great here. Not only is this one of the best female-led films to come out of the modern era, but it's up there with one of the best sports films as well. This film should be heralded as the masterpiece it is, not only in its time but also nearly 30 years later. The dynamic between Geena Davis and Lori Petty as two sisters is golden, and is a great story that could take place in…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    The audience can define a movie. I sat through a theater full of giggles and clicks and normally that would've spoiled such a tense and atmospheric film, but Hereditary is a film with such long teeth that no matter how much you try to wriggle away this film will leave a mark. Toni Collettte should be an early contender for a Best Actress nomination and Ari Aster should be consideration for Screenplay if not Direction. You can read plenty of…