ian has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2014.

  • First Winter

    First Winter

    ★★★

    Wanted to like it more than I did. It felt slight, and the denouement didn't really work for me. Was still an interesting watch, though.

  • Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

    Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

    ★★★

    A difficult film to describe. The narrative is fairly straightforward; typical tragedy, man's reach exceed his grasp, etc., but it's the storytelling that's problematic. Things happen, but only later does it become clear why or *how* they happened, so one often feels lost, grasping for connection. That very well may have been des Pallieres' intention, but it makes for something of an uncomfortable watch.

    Still, the scenery, the performances, and Mads Mikkelsen's face made it worthwhile. Still, I came away wishing I'd just watched "Valhalla Rising" again.

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight

    ★★★

    Please consider supporting my kickstarter campaign which will fund reshoots of all 3 BEFORE films with Werner Herzog reading Ethan Hawke's lines

  • Enough Said

    Enough Said

    ★★★

    A damn sight better than either of Holofcener's last two films. Great chemistry between the leads, and Keener shines as a featured player rather than a star.