Ryan has written 133 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Hunger

    Hunger

    ★★★½

    My thoughts on this one are a little scattered but I'll try to be concise. I struggle with "suffering porn" and the first chunk of this movie felt like that which brought my overall opinion down. There is a lot to love, however. The cinematic exploration of the most mundane, disgusting act is fascinating. Pressure washing human feces and mopping gallons of urine are given the same attentive eye as everything else which works to the director's curious styling. Additionally,…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★½

    Forgot to log this yesterday. Sometimes it's super cringey. But mostly it's beautifully animated, heartfelt fun. The family elements are captured lovingly and I'd be very down to see more from the director. Unfortunately, I found a lot of the comedy in this movie to be a crutch and I hope to see this director tackle a more serious tone going forward.

  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ★★★½

    Loved it five years ago, but only liked it now. I still find the pacing to actually be fine, despite that being the common complaint. My problem was just that this time some of the criticism felt inconsistent. The movie was trying to be kind enough to show all sides that it didn't form a full opinion itself, I guess.

    Still, this is a gorgeous film with fascinating characters and a lot of heart that I'd easily recommend to those…

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★½

    This was way too good. SHOCKINGLY well made. Well directed, acted, shot, edited, everything. Comedies aren't usually my thing - especially mainstream comedies - but I really enjoyed this.

  • Paper Moon

    Paper Moon

    ★★★½

    I knew nothing about this movie going into it. I only knew of its critical acclaim and that the director also made The Last Picture Show. Whatever I expected, it wasn't this.

    Paper Moon is a 1930s light hearted moral tale about family and what that means. It's lovely. It leaves you feeling... Nourished.

    Aside from a hijinks sequence at a hotel that drags on too long, this film is quick and witty. It's a barrage of great ideas and…

  • The Last Waltz

    The Last Waltz

    ★★★½

    What gives this film so much life is its knowledge of death. It's fascinating to see the dichotomous relationship between the band members appearing on stage as though they're at the top of their game and the interviews where no one seems to be having a good time anymore. In other words, it was very interesting to see these men who have given so much to music talk about how much music has taken from them.

  • Chef

    Chef

    ★★★½

    Revisited this tonight. Hadn't seen it since it came out. It's still lovely. Still so fun. Still made me feel wonderful. Is it high art? No. But damn. Jon Favreau can make a compelling film when he's not working for the Mouse.

  • Notorious

    Notorious

    ★★★½

    I have a love/hate relationship with Hitchcock. I hate how much people love him. I firmly believe that no director is for everyone but it's certainly frustrating that one of "the greats" just doesn't seem to be for me.

    I liked this. More than most the Hitchcock I've seen to be fair. Yet I still find myself completely whelmed. When I watch a Hitchcock film, I consistently see the work of a technical genius that could not care less about…

  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★½

    I liked it. It's unnerving with good design choices and great performances to match. The last 30 ish minutes are fantastic. Up til then though, it was alright. I'm glad so many of you love this film but I definitely didn't get as much out of it as you all did.

  • Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    ★★★½

    Interesting. I liked this quite a bit. The way the film comes together makes its exceedingly long "first act" to traditional structure work out in a neat way.

    Also the camerawork was pretty genius. The way shots were composed and executed was pretty nuts. I won't talk about any examples past the first few minutes but that movement around the train seats was so interesting.

    I do feel like some of the dialogue was clunky and I really could have used more runtime to flesh out some of the later moments. But overall. Very good.

  • Blue Valentine

    Blue Valentine

    ★★★½

    I liked this quite a bit. The filmmaking is incredible, the acting is great, the two timelines compliment and add to one another. But, eventually, it became like... Comedically cruel.

    The film managed to stay in this realm of realistic suffering for so long that when it finally passed my threshold of believability, it was kind of disappointing.

    And I think what the increasing (and to the point of off-putting) cruelty did was eventually reveal the film to be a…

  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    ★★★½

    This is my fourth Herzog and I'm officially a fan. This one also was almost a traditional movie at times which was strange to see.

    I don't believe Herzog and Cage ever worked together again which is a shame since they're a match made in heaven. They seemed to always attempt to one up each other in choices. There's an interrogation scene halfway through with two old ladies where I would have paid good money to find out what choices…