Kinotherapy has written 12 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2019.

  • Cabaret

    Cabaret

    After being blown away by "All That Jazz" I was eager to see Bob Fosse's other talked about classic "Cabaret" and I really enjoyed, even if it's nowhere near as good as "All That Jazz"

    The songs in "Cabaret" are fun and entertaining. The dance choreography is great and Bob Fosse brings some great visuals to every scene in the film. I'm so glad that a theatre director and choreographer is able to use a camera so well. Liza Minelli's…

  • Bananas

    Bananas

    In my previous Woody Allen review of "Take the Money and Run" I talked briefly about Allen's earlier comedy films and how they may not hold up as well to some viewers. As I rewatched "Bananas" that thought came to the forefront of my mind. The story is a pretty paper thin plot, not much really happens and it even feels rushed at times. The one thing that keeps this from being boring are of course the jokes in the…

  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    When it comes to Kenneth Branagh, have a some great respect for him. I really admire how he tries to faithful to classic tales and uphold traditional theatrical values like his classically trained acting style. His films may not be perfect and are full of corny moments, like the film I'm going to talk about, but most films aren't perfect. Plus in the light of today's modern standards, of course, dramatic acting, and hundred year old stories aren't finely combed…

  • Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    I really enjoyed this film after first watching this! Then I did a little research and it began to frustrate me. After watching "Girl, Interrupted" I was naturally interested in the true story for two reasons: 1. Wanting to know more about Susana Kaysen and her experiences, and 2. To assure my assumptions of what in this movie actually happened and what didn't happen in real life, because oh boy is it transparent as ever! Want to play a game?…

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    "A Streetcar Named Desire" is a meeting between the two worst stereotypes of both sexes; a study of toxic masculinity and shallow femininity, and how they hide from themselves in unhealthy ways. Stanley is a toxic male, incapable of expressing his emotions, except in drunken fits of rage. He constantly drives out his wife Stella, with his late night poker playing and drinking, but desperately asks for her back, to which she succumbs. Blanche is a shallow feminine type, indulging…

  • Coherence

    Coherence

    When Jordan Peele says that "He's already seen the horror movie with a bunch of white people" I imagine this is the one he saw.

  • Brick

    Brick

    Really enjoyed myself during this one, but there were a couple things that caught my attention.

    Rian Johnson's stylish noir set around teenagers is a thrilling and engaging whodunit mystery. Johnson's directing is really good and gets some pretty good angles along with the music cool music here for the ride. There's fantastic dialogue reminiscent of classic noir tales. I loved the loner kid turned detective played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the despite being stereotypes, I enjoyed the other characters…

  • Straw Dogs

    Straw Dogs

    The climax to this film is exceptional! Excellent cinematography as it's use of dutch angles, dark lighting, yet immaculate framing help to construct a tense hold-up that still echoes Peckinpah's violent western scenes, despite being a fairly different genre.

    Aside from the ending everything before that is... meh...

    Nothing was horrible, but the only part that really stood out to me as being great throughout the film was Dustin Hoffman's performance. Everything else came off as either cheesy, awkward or…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    It's good. I liked it and all but it just needed something more.

    The cinematography is amazing and the best thing about the film. The acting is great and the music is nice as well.

    While I was invested in the romance, it felt sort of underdeveloped, as did the whole story. It's really just a straightforward love story set against the backdrop of The Cold War, which to be honest doesn't play a very key role in the plot.…

  • 1900

    1900

    Storaro and Morricone unsurprisingly steal the show. "1900" is filled with Ennio Morricone's grand, yet sensitive, compositions accompanied by sweeping shots of lush, colorful Italy by the maestro himself, Vittorio Stararo.

    Far from perfect however; some of the acting was a little hammy,(mostly from the kids) and I think it was longer than it needed to be( I love long films, but sometimes I really felt this movies length. Some gratuitous scenes of Bertolucci trying to be edgy and maybe…

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ

    Has some typical Cronenberg fingerprints I don't like: dull characters, some poor acting, and a little too confusing at times. However I was more intrigued by this film than I thought I'd be.

    Cronenberg's talents do manage to shine through with his unique effects and designs, and there's some very creative ideas in use here. While I wasn't a big fan of the acting and some of the phony accents were hard to get across, I enjoyed Jennifer Jason Leigh…

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    I was never a big fan of Rocky Horror (which may be shocking to those that know I'm a huge Meat Loaf fan) but I just couldn't get vibe with it the way everyone else seemed to. But recently I had a chance to see it on the big screen while watching my friend in a shadow cast. I've been wanting to revisit the film and thought this might be a good chance to see it again. It was a…