Those has written 90 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Suburban Birds

    Suburban Birds

    ★★★½

    An ambitious and promising debut. I'm particularly impressed by Sheng's insight into group social dynamics; the way he keenly observes how his characters occupy physical space with each other, exposing the various emotional subtleties embedded in those minute interactions and exploring the tragic tendency among kids and adults alike to instinctively deflect or sublimate any complicated feelings that may arise within such microscopic expressions of intimacy.

    More impressive still is the film's quietly brain-crackling Moebius-strip plot structure, by which the…

  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    ★★★½

    The incredible barn-raising dance understandably gets most of the attention here, but it's the weird little "Lonesome Polecat" number that's stuck with me the most. Not only is the sequence a low-key formal and choreographic marvel in its own right, but the song itself is (to my ears at least) a legitimate proto-freak-folk bop, prefiguring that Hurley/Stampfel sweet spot where a surface layer of knowingly silly Americana pastiche gradually gives way to surprising depths of genuine emotion. Certainly not something I expected to hear in a '50s MGM musical!

    I'm surprised the song hasn't been covered more, I've been humming it to myself all week.

  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★½

    Sometimes you really do have to save the drama for your mama.

  • Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    ★★★½

    THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!

    I swear I had some more intelligent thoughts about this, but before I could write them down I got distracted making myself laugh imagining The Chronicle of Barbara Bach, an austere materialist account of the banal reality behind the sublime musical perfection of "Octopus's Garden."

  • A Night to Dismember

    A Night to Dismember

    ★★★½

    Hoop-Tober: The Tobe That Hoops (5.0)

    Necessity is actually the father of invention. The mother is Doris Wishman.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★½

    phew, thank god i was never a teen

  • The Little Hours

    The Little Hours

    ★★★½

    "How's your embroidery going? Still doing that?"

    Pretty much a one-joke comedy, but it's a really good joke, and one for which the film finds all sorts of fun variations perfectly attuned to each of its performers' established screen personas.

  • World on a Wire

    World on a Wire

    ★★★½

    It’s turtlenecks all the way down.

  • Flesh and the Devil

    Flesh and the Devil

    ★★★½

    Delightfully proto-Sirkian.

  • Brigadoon

    Brigadoon

    ★★★½

    Honestly up until it pulls its punches at the very end and Gene Kelly fails to deprogram this was a pretty accurate cinematic representation of my Taglit-Birthright experience.

  • Humoresque

    Humoresque

    ★★★½

    Joan Crawford dramatically hurling her drink at the wall, twice, is I believe what the kids would call a “Big Mood.”

  • Gandahar

    Gandahar

    ★★★½

    How is babby formed?