Tori has written 11 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2017.

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is another one of those where it's so hard to write a review because I have so many feelings all at once about it and just want to word vomit forever about every single little detail.

    It's so just... GDT reached into my soul and pulled out everything I care about deeply and put it on screen in the most beautiful way possible. He tackled so many topics effortlessly, gracefully, and respectfully. Racism, homophobia, ableism, misogyny, classism, all of…

  • Brigsby Bear

    Brigsby Bear


    I had no idea what this was when I started it, but I'm so glad I did. One of the most heartwarming and sweetly funny films I've seen in a long time. The humor is so damn good and utterly without nastiness. It handles neuroatypical behavior and more so how to not be an asshole to your loved one who may not think in the same way that you do, and that there's nothing wrong with them for it.

    Man. What a good film. Also bless Mark Hamill as always.

    tw/cw: truly none??? beautiful

  • Trick 'r Treat

    Trick 'r Treat


    The love of my life in movie form that I'll never, ever get tired of watching. Just perfect.

    God I wish we could get more horror anthologies that lowkey all tie together and are actually good.

    tw/cw: blood/gore/body horror
    child death

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini


    UGH what a lovely film. All of the kids are so cute if heartbreaking at times, and I love how it doesn't hold back on the trauma they can through, but also show how resilient they are. And how positive influence can make all the difference.

    tw/cw: child abuse

  • Gerald's Game

    Gerald's Game


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Holy shit!!! Something that was so unnerving and made my chest contract in utter horror at GLOVE FUCK THAT THANKS ended so positively?? And encouraging?? My whole fam was waiting for the other shoe to drop, for the horror to continue and so was I but instead... closure. Facing one's horrors head on and rising above them. God, how cool. I love it.

    tw/cw: blood/gore
    dog eating human flesh??? idk how to put that otherwise rip
    gross....... incest vibes
    child abuse

  • Colossal



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Holy shit dude. I was excited for this on the base concept of her being connected to the kaiju, but this wound up being so much more. It had such fucking visceral depictions of abuse and absolutely horrible toxic masculinity, to the point I was utterly worked up and anxious watching, but the fact that it was addressed like this?? The fact that the main female character was allowed to be flawed, imperfect, and yet! Sympathetic!

    Also, the more quiet…

  • Godzilla



    It's so strange to consider the later movies in this franchise and how goofy they get (Godzilla pulling a move from a popular anime is what comes to mind) when this original film is so devastating. No remake has captured the essence of fear and horror that is rife in this, despite the fact that Godzilla isn't the most realistic looking of monsters. It's the humans who nail it, seeing the lives lost. The children crying, the distraught survivors. It's very real in an otherwise unreal situation, and it gives a chilling atmosphere.

  • Get Out

    Get Out


    Still just as incredible, and I noticed things I didn't the first time, unsurprisingly. I'm so glad Peele went for the ending he did, I wouldn't have been able to handle the other ones t b h.

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This film is a truly visceral and haunting manifestation of fear of the unknown, and this sense of insecurity isn't limited to the characters. We, as viewers, are also subject to it. We are just as in the dark as those on screen a majority of the time, with no room to pass judgement on their actions. Nobody is demonized, everyone has the same amount of credibility and sympathy as anyone else. You feel for them all, and understand the…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm so!!! Filled with utter delight and love that it's hard to express it properly. So I'm just going to do a bullet list of what I adored (just about everything) to try to get some of it down while my brain continues yelling loudly about the fact I just saw an incredible movie about an amazing woman superhero who kicked everyone's ass directed by a woman AAAAA.

    - There was!!! only women!!! on screen for a chunk of time!!!…

  • Antibirth



    I know I'm biased from adoring Natasha Lyonne, but this movie just did it for me. I thought about it for days after. The aesthetic and acting! The weird TV bits. I caught things on every re-watch I hadn't the first time. Lovely.