Derek has written 8 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★★½

    A weird and magical tale of friendship and loneliness. It can heartbreaking and a truly touching movie (no pun intended, once you see it) that'll have you singing along to the fantastic Manchester Orchestra score. This is the feel good movie of the year.

  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★½

    The music! Swan!! Winslow!!! Phoenix!!!! The Paradise!!!!!

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    Holy shit. I haven't sat through this much tension, dread and terror in a very long time. The authenticity of the scenery is astounding. The ambiguity and blending of its themes is enthralling. And this movie is definitely pro-Satan. "Let me guide thy hand." I can't recommend this film enough but I will tell you that although you won't need a strong stomach, you will need thick skin and an unflinching nerve to make it to the horrifying end.

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★★★½

    I looooooove movies about Hollywood. Especially classic Hollywood. LA Confidential. The Player. The Holiday (don't ask) and now Hail, Caesar. Definitely worth the ticket price.

  • Infinitely Polar Bear

    Infinitely Polar Bear

    ★★★★½

    What a sweet, heart warming and sincere movie. Other than Benecio Del Toro's performance in SICARIO, Mark Ruffalo as the manic-depressive Cam is my favorite performance of the year.

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn

    ★★★★½

    Although it won't knock you to the floor, this period drama from the director of INTERMISSION will leave your heart full. I'm a big fan of most Irish films such as the aforementioned INTERMISSION and this one definitely doesn't disappoint. It's well acted with actors I've grown particularly fond of over the past two years and it was directed with a delicate and intimate touch. Admittedly I fell into a rabbit hole on Google for about 15min looking up pictures of the Gleeson family.

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★½

    Wow. The technical level of precision needed to make this film is extremely impressive. And Emmanuel Lubezki easily created the most beautifully shot film of 2015 other than MACBETH. The story is simple and that is a good thing as it doesn't need to be complex in order for it to it's job. The acting is excellent with Tom Hardy once again transforming himself. Leo WILL be winning his first Oscar after this performance due to the sheer physicality of…

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    One of the most beautifully shot films I've ever seen. Can't say I know much about the story of Macbeth but this film played it to be one of the most tragic and violent stories in our history. The Fass is absolutely kinetic as the tyrant Macbeth but it is Sean Harris who steals the film as Macduff. I will say that the final confrontation between Macbeth and Macduff is the most tense and nervous I've felt in a film in a long time. This is a must watch for any fan of Shakespeare, quality filmmaking and top notch acting.