ian has written 10 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2013.

  • 20 Feet from Stardom

    20 Feet from Stardom

    ★★★★

    Possible side effects include: goosebumps, weeping, and having to pick your jaw up off the floor. If these women's incredible stories don't move you in some way, you may have already expired.

  • Nebraska

    Nebraska

    ★★★★

    A minor revelation. Small in scale, expansive in theme, and gorgeous to look at.

  • Stories We Tell

    Stories We Tell

    ★★★★

    Polley is a remarkable, fearless filmmaker. I can't wait to see what she does next.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★

    Profoundly affecting, with the usual fascinating jumble of Coen tropes that I'll be trying to tease out over the coming days and weeks.

    I'm not sure we even deserve the Ethan and Joel, but I'm sure glad we have them.

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★

    Loved. Loved even more before I read Carruth's explanation. But man, what a gifted director. I'll happily wait 5 years for his next film.

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

    ★★★★

    Giant Fucking Robots fighting Giant Fucking Space Aliens + Idris Fucking Elba. Fuck yes.

  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing

    ★★★★

    Absolutely haunting.

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★

    Not the biggest Baumbach fan, and didn't know Greta Gerwig from Adam going into this. And yes, we've seen this story many times: the woman of privilege making her way awkwardly toward adulthood -- but Gerwig's performance makes all the difference. I couldn't help but root for her combination of strength and vulnerability. More, please.

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    ★★★★

    Haven't been able to stop thinking about Adele since I finished watching this. What happened to her after the film ended? Watching these women in closeup for nearly 3 hours made me incredibly invested in them. And yes, the sex scenes are as intense as you've heard, but never felt gratuitous. A singular film.

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★

    It's as intense as everyone's told you, 90 minutes of white knuckles. Not a Sandra Bollocks fan, but Cuaron's direction made that a non-issue. Cant think of another movie that's even in the same ballpark in terms of approach and execution. Dude's gotta get some serious consideration for Best Director nods.