Those has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2017.

  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    ★★★★½

    Say what you will about the dubious talents or the even more dubious life choices of Bill Heath, when he performs “I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas” the man commands the room like a bonafide goddamn *star*.

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★½

    That guy does kinda look like Ralph Bellamy doesn't he.

  • Life, and Nothing More...

    Life, and Nothing More...

    ★★★★½

    Kiarostami's cars are the diametrical opposite of George Miller's.

  • M

    M

    ★★★★½

    Nosferatu stripped of the comforting distance of metaphor. Beckert shares Count Orlok's rat-like mannerisms and hollow, hungry expression, but instead of a ghostly pallor his face is covered in flop sweat. Beckert's hands are gnarled into hideous claws much like Orlok's, but they're also pudgy and soft. Beckert approaches his victims not in eerie silence under nightmarish Expressionist shadows, but in broad daylight, whistling a popular tune.

    In other words this monster, like all real monsters, is also a human…

  • Vertical Features Remake

    Vertical Features Remake

    ★★★★½

    Huh, turns out if you keep adding rules to a structuralist experiment you'll eventually end up with....a pretty normal-looking film.

  • Pom Poko

    Pom Poko

    ★★★★½

    Best combo of left praxis and jokes about balls this side of Chapo Trap House.

  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    ★★★★½

    I know it's kind of a cliche to call a movie "visceral," but I don't know how else to describe this film. It is both figuratively and literally one of the most visceral films I have ever seen (seriously, this movie features a shocking amount of viscera).

    It also functions as a handy nautically-themed tour through a full suite of popular motifs and movements from throughout the history of experimental film. We get a taste of everything from verite fly-on-the-wall…

  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    ★★★★½

    Immediately went back and watched this again with the director's commentary, which is something I've never done before (the movie's slight runtime probably contributed to that as much as anything, but still).

    Listening to Maddin's commentary on one of his films is kind of like watching a whole other Maddin movie made from the same footage. The dude is just relentlessly funny and imaginative in a completely singular way, whether he's noting the grossness of the theater production shoving the…

  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    ★★★★½

    Guy Maddin is a director who tends to obscure as much as he shows, running his images through a gauntlet of extreme close-ups, wild handheld camera movement, rapid-fire editing, frame-filling irises, thick Expressionist shadows and all manner of other grainy, smeary silent film effects. As a result one might assume he'd be a somewhat counterintuitive choice to film a ballet. That assumption would be wrong. With the help of some hazy translucent filters and the judicious application of stage fog…