Gh0stman has written 328 reviews for films during 2018.

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★★

    Vice is an unwieldy, mixed bag of a movie with undeniable highs but also equipped with some unfortunate lows. The performances are great, the production is well assembled and the film has some great scenes but falls well short of its promisingly satiric expectations. Adam McKay's film is often tonally off, handles its transitions poorly, and he seems to direct the film as a serious dramatic biopic at times. This is a mistake since the film is at its best…

  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★★

    The biggest guilt trip in cinematic history

  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★★★

    The Servant is a masterwork and one of the best British films I've seen. Joseph Losey is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors and I'm continually impressed by Harold Pinter's genius writing. A morbidly funny satire of sexuality and class relations. Brilliant.

  • Life

    Life

    ★★★★★

    Life is a fascinating, allusive film. Focusing on the real James Dean photo shoot for Life shot by Dennis Stock, 'Life' is a piece that devotes its time to the smallest, minute details for verisimilitude. It's essentially a slice of life movie but it's unlike any other I've seen. It so concentrates its attention to capturing two people at a specific moment in time, the film is able to reflect a full portrait of these two men's lives; who they…

  • Heaven Can Wait

    Heaven Can Wait

    ★★★★★

    A fine Hollywood fantasy film that's both charming and heartrending.

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★★

    Regarding Boots Riley's criticism of the film, is it just me or was that some kind of communist false flag technique to get the movie to the Oscars? Seems to have worked in my opinion.

  • Snowden

    Snowden

    ★★★★★

    Because of the subject matter, I don't believe I will write a review of this film because "big brother' is watching. However, I will say that it is Oliver Stone's best film in over twenty years and amongst his very best work. A must see.

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★★

    If there was ever a movie that got better as it went along, it is Venom.

  • Salt of the Earth

    Salt of the Earth

    ★★★★★

    Salt of the Earth is one of the great American films and is a cinematic call to arms. Made during the Second Red Scare in 50s America and by blacklisted filmmakers and actors, the film rebels against the fascism of its time with every fiber of its being. Not only does the film actively pursue a Marxist view of class conflict and anti-racist notions, it also creates for us a cinematic manifesto on how to actually generate real change on…

  • Badlands

    Badlands

    ★★★★★

    Malick is American cinema's poet laureate.

  • Women in Love

    Women in Love

    ★★★★★

    Women in Love is a terrific and provocative film that explores class relations, gender divisions, and sexuality in a way that still feels modern and contemporary despite its 1920s setting. Adapted from D.H. Lawrence's famous novel and directed by Ken Russell, the film is bold and flamboyant for a British period piece; qualities that would apparently become a trademark in Russell's work (Before this one, I've only seen Altered States by him and I can see it being certainly true).…

  • At Any Price

    At Any Price

    ★★★★★

    At Any Price is a superb rural melodrama that's morally and dramatically complex and is oddly unappreciated. With two excellent performances by Efron and Quaid, the film revolves around the duo's father and son relationship and each character's desire to excel in their respective fields, race car driving and farming. Both men quickly find themselves in dilemmas that challenge their prospective futures and their self-images. It's intelligently made by Ramin Bahrani and under his guidance, the film avoids easy cliches…