Those has written 30 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2017.

  • Lisztomania

    Lisztomania

    ★★★★

    "No, Wagner! Go back to Hell where you belong!"

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★

    Cellino & Barnes!!

  • Down with Love

    Down with Love

    ★★★★

    I should make a LB list of “Movies I Had Immediately Dismissed And Filed Away For Years Because Schwarzbaum And/Or Gleiberman Didn’t Like It And I Was Weirdly Into Entertainment Weekly As An Impressionable Tween But Upon Recent Chance Viewing Have Proven To Be Excellent,” because they’re starting to add up.

  • Vampyr

    Vampyr

    ★★★★

    Vampire Quinceañera - Hoop-Tober Part Deux (4.0)

    Among other things, I love how everyone in this movie speaks in such an eerily quiet, vaguely strangled manner, like the sound you make when you're trying to talk in a dream. The use of sound in this movie is genuinely unnerving.

  • Diabolique

    Diabolique

    ★★★★

    Vampire Quinceañera - Hoop-Tober Part Deux (4.0)

    My roommate insisted that this shouldn't count as a horror movie and then seconds later literally described a certain indelible image from the film's climax as "horrifying." I win.

  • Twilight of the Ice Nymphs

    Twilight of the Ice Nymphs

    ★★★★

    What this film lacks in Maddin's usual delirious silent film pastiche it more than makes up for in ostrich photobombs.

  • Apaches

    Apaches

    ★★★★

    Appropriation kills, kids. Appropriation kills.

  • City of Pirates

    City of Pirates

    ★★★★

    Meshes of the Magic Hour. Heavy shades of Deren in the film's hypnotic recursions and in the disorienting dream logic that governs its spaces. Also got a strong 3 Women vibe from how the film buries the raw psychic trauma at its core under gauzy waves of soft-focus purples and blues.

    I dunno, I'm struggling to think of things to say about this besides listing other movies it reminds me of because I found it more or less impenetrable, but…

  • Terrorizers

    Terrorizers

    ★★★★

    At this point I will be truly shocked if I ever see a Yang film where nobody gets stabbed.

  • Written on the Wind

    Written on the Wind

    ★★★★

    Sometimes an oil derrick is just an oil derrick. This is not one of those times.

  • Jalshaghar

    Jalshaghar

    ★★★★

    In The Music Room (Satyajit Ray, 1958), we see famous musician Bismillah Khan and his band playing while the camera pans slowly to the right over a flat, desolate landscape to reveal the protagonist riding past him on a horse.

    In Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974), we see the protagonist riding on a horse while the camera pans slowly to the left over a flat, desolate landscape to reveal that he is riding past famous musician Count Basie and his band.

    Coincidence?......Probably. But still.

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★

    "Was he into movies? Was he a movie buff?"
    "I can tell you that he was not into people."

    -Two characters in this film discussing the Zodiac killer and/or the oeuvre of David Fincher.