ian has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2014.

  • Ida

    Ida

    ★★★★

    Slight but expansive. Stunning, gimmick-free cinematography. RIYL stark European film a la Tarkovsky, Tarr, and Haneke.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★

    ILD didn't reveal much more on a second viewing. Still looks incredible and Llewyn is still a complex and compelling character. The music is still wonderful.

    One thing I did experience on second viewing was the thinness of John Goodman's portrayal of Roland Turner. There's not much there, and the comic relief fell flat for me.

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★

    This one really resonated with me. I worked in group homes in my 20s, and the scenes set on the unit really rang true for me. The love story was also understated and moving, with great performances from both leads. The narrative got a little labored in the 2nd and 3rd acts, with some unnecessary machinations, but that didn't neutralize this film's charm for me.

    Keith Stanfield turned in a really powerful performance as Marcus. The pain written on this kid's face... damn.

    Excited to see what's next from this obviously talented auteur.

  • Brian Eno 1971–1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth

    Brian Eno 1971–1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth

    ★★★★

    Artfully executed doc about one of the true giants of modern music. A must-see for anyone interested in Roxy, Eno, or the nexus of experimental music and rock n' roll.

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★

    Give Chiwetel Ejiofor all of the awards.