agamboi has written 57 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2019.

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★½

    The wildest and saddest Christmas movie since Die Hard

  • The Fence

    The Fence

    ★★★½

    This was really good

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★½

    I really loathe the whodunit genre, maybe above all others, but Rian Johnson does a fine job keeping the suspense and layering the reveals. Ultimately I didn't really care for it, even if I can't help but appreciate the cast, script, and score.

  • When I Grow Up

    When I Grow Up

    ★★★½

    cute little film but why am I watching it at 2:30 am

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★½

    There is a list titled films where the moral is not listening to corporations and executives despite being products of studios where every decision was made by executives and that about wraps up my thoughts for this review!

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★½

    The exact inverse of Life is Beautiful (1997).

    At first I thought it was emotional whiplash, alternating between extreme comedy and extreme drama. But the imbalance is so strong that Jojo Rabbit only lands as comedy, not drama. By the time read sad moments come about, the audience is so habituated to Waititi's shtick that they cannot be felt. Honestly this makes for a good children's movie to expose the horror of Nazism to a new audience, but I didn't get anything out of its commentary it intended to put forward.

    Still full of great acting and paced and edited supremely well.

  • Straight Up

    Straight Up

    ★★★½

    Milwaukee Film Festival 2019

    Does James Sweeney realize he has just become the post-child for the Celibate Gay Christian movement. Does he even realize. My gay and married to a woman friends went crazy this morning when I told them about this movie. Everyone wants to see it. We feel so seen and even if its a joke we are super into it. I have no plans of marrying a woman unless we are emotionally compatible and she is ace,…

  • Gloria Bell

    Gloria Bell

    ★★★½

    There is nothing to it but Julianne Moore! And thats okay!

  • 17 Blocks

    17 Blocks

    ★★★½

    Milwaukee Film Festival 2019

    20 years of handheld footage follow a black family in the poorest sector of Washington, D.C., through tragedy and redemption. The film doesn't land emotionally, all the way, but it gets close. At times death and drug addiction are treated too lightly, or when darkly, too heavy-handedly. But the subjects themselves and their extensive coverage make 17 Blocks worthwhile. The film doesn't take any kind of a structural analysis to the family's experience — their life…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    I don't know why I'm giving it this score. I don't know what I think about Joker. I don't know what was good and what was bad. I don't know how to critique it or whether I should have had a stronger reaction to it than I did. Joaquin Phoenix was great but not excellent, I was underwhelmed by the acting in what was lauded as the best acting of the year. To me Joker has always been a character…

  • Dulce

    Dulce

    ★★★½

    Controlled and meaningful, though not very powerful.

  • In a Dream

    In a Dream

    ★★★½

    Watching all of Zagar's filmography, I have been surprised that from the beginning he had such a visually artistic style. Short animations between scenes or during voice-overs. Smooth and flashy transitions. Lots and lots of in-scene and also in-lens color. Abstractions that become real or reality that suddenly abstracts. Moments sped up and moments slowed down, more valuable as a visual than as content. Now, I think his dad's artistry made an impression on his form and style. He grew…