Kinotherapy has written 35 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★½

    Yeah I liked it.

    Might get criticism of style over substance, but to me, "Blonde" is just as mesmerizing as it is harrowing.

  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

    Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★★½

    I was adequately anticipating this film. The trailer was florid with colors and imagination, and I'll see anything with Tilda Swinton. While I'm glad I saw it, "Three Thousand Years of Longing" didn't quite cross the threshold to leave a strong impression on me.

    Starting off with the positives, the cinematography effectively transports you to another realm. It doesn't quite feel like history, but it is a perceptible fantasy world that can feel dangerous, hopeless, or lovely. George Miller has…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★½

    Elvis Presley has seemed to have fallen out of discussion in music circles in recent years. Despite being the most iconic musician of all time, many of my friends don’t rank him among their favorite artists. I was a fan when I was younger. (Yes, younger. In a neighborhood where everybody else listened to 50 Cent and Eminem. I can’t imagine why I got beat up) but eventually I did get a little bored of his music and discovered plenty…

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★½

    Unlike Jay Sherman I won’t start ranting about debutante’s and fashion, but I’ll do my best to offer my two cents on the film. “Boyz N The Hood” has a confusing reputation for being a ‘tough’ movie about thugs, but personally I find this perspective insulting to the legacy of the film and John Singleton himself. I don’t even consider “Boyz N The Hood” a perfect movie, but it’s strong aspects and cultural impact make it a worthy film to…

  • Men

    Men

    ★★★½

    Seeing to many negative one-liners about this movie clamoring Letterboxd, so here’s a more thoughtful piece.

    To be honest I didn’t love this film, or as much as I thought I was going to given the first two acts. “Men” is mesmerizing, and builds a powerfully strange and evocative atmosphere. Every shot is pure lucidity, utilizing multiple depths of field and vivid colors to create a welcoming and beautiful hellscape. Practical, computer-generated and camera tricks all lean in to paint…

  • A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    ★★★½

    It’s endlessly intriguing to speculate what might have become had “A Woman of Paris” been appreciated upon it’s release. Would we ever see The Little Tramp againg? Would Chaplin completely abandon comedy as a whole? Would his films become increasingly melodramatic and transitional with each new release? Chaplin’s films did get political later on, however, I don’t want to dwell on the unfortunate commercial failure of the film too much and would rather get into discussing the film’s subject matter.…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★½

    An enjoyable creepy, thriller of sorts, although I didn't love it. I would have liked to see the black and white version but could only find showings for the plain color cut.

    "Nightmare Alley" is the latest film of the supernatural and the macabre from Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro is hit or miss, but I will always see what he puts out hence I have a lot of respect for him. I became invested quickly; the mysterious origin it…

  • The House

    The House

    ★★★½

    Favorable but not a strongly enthusiastic reaction from me, “The House” is good but not great. I liked the unsettling yet talented use of stop-motion, and creating some creepy environments; however, the stories become less immersive as they go along and they don’t really have a connection to each other.

    The first story I liked best. It had a ghostly haunting sensation throughout which intrigued and chilled me I have to say. A couple moments of subdued humor are used…

  • Interview with the Vampire

    Interview with the Vampire

    ★★★½

    A good film. Haven't read the book so I'm not entirely sure what was accurate or what was done better. I would have liked to see more, however; especially considering this film covers a good chunk of history. Maybe it was just me but It did feel like it breezes by too quickly. I would have like to explore the relationships a little more, or see how the vampires react to the events of the world, but what I did…

  • Two-Lane Blacktop

    Two-Lane Blacktop

    ★★★½

    I don't entirely understand it, not even sure I entirely enjoyed it, however, I am still perplexed by what I saw.

    There are many films I've watched in the past that on a first veiwing didn't pull me in, (the films of Kubrick, Bergman, or Antonioni) but with time, patience and understanding, they soon became some of my favorites of all time and acknowledged by yours truly as some of the most complex pieces of work in film history.

    Anyway,…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★½

    Meant to review this movie a lot sooner, but I was greatly anticipating this movie. Taika Waititi has been on a roll this decade and I was excited to see his take on the Nazi Regime. The concept interested me in that the film revolved around a boy being a strong Nazi enthusiast being bred for life of fascism, and he's accompanied by his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler. After watching "Jojo Rabbit" it wasn't quite everything I'd hoped it be,…

  • Motherless Brooklyn

    Motherless Brooklyn

    ★★★½

    Edward Norton is one of my favorite actors, and I know how long he's been trying to get the chance to direct a film. So when I heard that this movie was to be directed by him, I decided I would support him regardless of any backlash the film might get. I tried to avoid reviews, but luckily the few I did see seemed to be favorable but not overwhelming.

    After watching Norton's debut (second if you count "Keeping the…