Eva has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • Patlabor: The Movie

    Patlabor: The Movie

    ★★★★

    mechanical "Labors" aligned like pagan idols in an Ark who, its prow sloughed off, reveals itself to be another Tower of Babel, collapsing into the sea under the weight of capitalist, idolatrous folly. a man falls to his death, his demon soul attached to a red-eyed crow, and a flock of birds gathers to commemorate a second Fall not much later. computer viruses play the part of original sin, no trace of the holy to be found anywhere but in the exquisite aesthetics of oshii's elegantly orchestrated pageant, although who is to say what it all means, capital-M, in the end....not i, certainly

  • Fireworks

    Fireworks

    ★★★★

    faggy

  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death

    Let's Scare Jessica to Death

    ★★★★

    begins so placid, with the approach of a hearse and a lovely tombstone sketch, but builds into genuine hysteria, in an almost prototypical, skeletal sense (this is a "Psychotic Woman" movie stripped to its barest parts and yet to call those parts bare seems to belie their craft and texture, which is exquisite, patient). heartbreaking too, as she doubts herself even to the very end, gaslit and disbelieved and tossed aside and oh so afraid, it's hard not recognize jessica,…

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★

    terrifying in its informatic sensibilities, the whirlwind of movement and plotting that denies the characters access to even the fear they ought to feel until their last moments, and exciting for how explicitly it addresses the voyeuristic argument against the genre, counterposing that is in fact that voyeurism coupled with the uncanny displacement of identification, the irresolvability of exactly what the killer is (besides a bare visual-narrative mechanism) that provides the genre with its political vitality. and this is a…

  • Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes

    Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes

    ★★★★

    "you can have whatever you want, you just need to want it, and make it happen....it's a choice. it's a choice we make."
    first time a movie has made me cry in quite some time. love this so much

  • My Bloody Valentine

    My Bloody Valentine

    ★★★★

    a relic of the time relatively early in their maturation when slashers were more apt to be strange and casually beautiful and even fun, when instead of being numbingly self-aware regarding the “importance” of their relationship to trauma they were content to be a study of its perpetual reinscription and the attendant effects as death worms its implacable way through a group of people. to confine all of the explication to a single staccato burst of montage only heightens the…

  • Body Snatchers

    Body Snatchers

    ★★★★

    works largely by twisting the more-or-less universally adopted reading of the original text, i.e. that it is a paranoiac dramatization of the struggle between collectivism and liberal individualism: the reds are exchanged for the american military, the only character who bothers to actually defend the inviolable sanctity of the individual is in a drug-induced fervor, and the most human moment, per Gabrielle Anwar's Marty, is the pointless, vicious, and prolonged revenge they take on the pod creatures, to no avail.…