M.D.D. has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2021.

  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★½

    Pretty much all aspects of this one hold up, especially the effects and overall attention to period detail. Also, Kate Winslet was and still remains staggeringly attractive on all fronts and I would very much like to marry her.

  • The Terminator

    The Terminator

    ★★★★½

    Very little to say about this that hasn't been said. Hard to choose between it and T2 but this one is definitely more harrowing and intense, if not quite as cleverly written or flawlessly executed. Hard to imagine the level of police carnage and general brutality being signed off on by a major studio these days as well.

  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    ★★★★½

    I've heard this one described as polarizing and I can definitely see why - it unfolds like an extended dream sequence punctuated by brutal battle scenes which gives it a sort of uneven tone, but on a visual level it delivers in spades and the performances are largely fantastic. It plays with the nature of myth and legend similarly to Fellini Satyricon, in that you feel like you're watching something imagined rather than a cohesive narrative, but if you let go it's a hell of a ride.

  • Affliction

    Affliction

    ★★★★½

    I somehow missed out on this when it came out despite a wide range of acclaim and nominations, plus the pedigree of frequent Scorsese collaborator Paul Schrader writing and directing, not to mention a great ensemble cast. I also really enjoyed the Sweet Hereafter which was based on a book by the same author, and this one trades in the same sort of wintery small town melodrama by way of the crime thriller Fargo sans the comic underpinning. Truth be…

  • Apocalypto

    Apocalypto

    ★★★★½

    This made a huge impression on me going in mostly blind at a theatre when it came out during a time when I didn't really expect myself to be blown away by a new Mel project, however influenced by his cringy descent into racist goofball behaviour that assumption was. A slavishly authentic period piece about ancient Indigenous people from him of all people had me decidedly cynical despite generally enjoying his directorial output and I was imagining all sorts of…

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★½

    I saw this at least two or three times in the theatre upon release, and while it always coaxed a few laughs out it fundamentally came across like a thriller to me when I was younger, especially because I was familiar with Fincher's previous work and went into it expecting one. After reading the book some years ago and returning to the film as an adult it very much resonates as a bitterly satirical send-up of angsty masculinity. The brilliance…