Tori has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2018.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    It's so hard to put words to the feelings I have about this film aside from shouting 'GO SEE IT!' repeatedly until everyone does.

    I cannot accurately describe just how visually incredible this film is. I quite literally teared up multiple times solely because of how beautiful it is. The style, the popping colors, the love letter to comics, all of it makes me so immensely proud of Sony Pictures Animation. I always have loved and touted their work as…

  • The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    ★★★★★

    Just beautiful and truly is haunting. Man.

    tw/cw: talk of suicide/hanging shown
    needles/drug use
    body horror
    eye scream
    Probably more but I'm weepy rn and can't remember

  • Next Gen

    Next Gen

    ★★★★★

    Please, please watch this film. It's so good for so many reasons. So many people of color voiced by people of color, a story about a daughter and her mother with a strained relationship, the girl isn't what we usually see in a protag in that she's dealing with a lot of anger and struggle with grief and bullying that goes harder than I've ever seen an animated film go while still making her completely understandable and someone to root…

  • Barefoot Gen

    Barefoot Gen

    ★★★★★

    Much like Maus, Barefoot Gen takes a subject matter that most might deem too serious for comic or cartoon type art and proves how wrong that thought is. In fact, it is probably the best way to show these types of subjects, because it's found that people are much more able to identify and find sympathy with non-realistic and more simplistic art. The more realistic, including live action, it gets, the less people are able to put themselves in the…

  • O.J.: Made in America

    O.J.: Made in America

    ★★★★★

    Very long, and in my case it was a real hassle to finish watching, but very worth the trouble. The double murder happened the year I was born so I had no idea about most of what was shown here really, and it was both fascinating and deeply unsettling in various ways. It was at times very hard to watch and swallow in both understanding why people so fervently believed in his innocence, but also being distraught that they did. The title is truly, truly fitting to what happened.

    tw/cw: blood (irl)
    racism discussed at length
    police brutality shown

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★★

    Me: rewatches this film 10 times to heart eyes @ M'Baku

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★★

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

    I knew this was going to be incredible and yet it still blew me away. It's just gorgeous in every capacity from the clothing to the depths of the characters that are so well done and nuanced. The women are all awe-inspiring and the amount of emotion and compassion the men are allowed to show is so good compared to the stereotypes of men in general, but particularly black men. My heart was twisting at parts it was so tense…

  • They Look Like People

    They Look Like People

    ★★★★★

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

    Another movie I was blown away by because it absolutely surpassed my expectations and never did anything I was afraid it would do. And was extremely well acted all around, everyone was fantastic! Particularly Mara oh man she was so cute and a great character.

    Mental illness was just handled so well in this and never demonized and the fact that Christian reacted so kindly and with this utter understanding and determination to help his friend even if it meant…

  • Killing Ground

    Killing Ground

    ★★★★★

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

    I am (probably sadly) shocked at how much this movie surprised me in terms of what it avoided doing. It avoiding showing rape for shock value, it avoided allowing the female lead to simply be a damsel to be saved, and it avoided the fairly standard occurrence of the main couple being either boring, shitty, or a grand mixture of both.

    Harriet Dyer and Ian Meadows had fantastic chemistry as Sam and Ian, and their relationship felt genuine and healthy.…