Kinotherapy has written 11 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2018.

  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★½

    My 2000th film and I’m proud of it! What makes this experience more special, was I watched it with my brother and sister. They’re not into the long, dull, foreign films I often watch but sat with me to check it out. After the film the both enthusiastically told me how much they loved “Your Name”. I think they even liked it more than me. Not to say I didn’t love it, because I absolutely did, but they kept telling…

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    ★★★★½

    I realized this turned more into a review of the play itself rather than this film adaptation of “Hamlet”, but, Hamlet is Hamlet, and the film stays true to the themes and unabridged texts so what’s the difference? Besides, I love Hamlet!

    I believe I’ve mentioned before of my undying love for Shakespeare. There’s a strong reason why his work is still studied and performed to this day and that is that he is still one of the greatest writers…

  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★½

    I have sort of a weird relationship with Bela Tarr. I like Bela Tarr, I think he's very good, but I don't love him. That may sound surprising since I've been known to practically throw myself onto any film with long takes or tracking shots, and while Tarr is undeniably a master at this feat, I've never been emotionally floored by one of his films. Now I haven't seen everything from him, and don't get me wrong, I have yet…

  • The Trial

    The Trial

    ★★★★½

    Is this the first Orson Welles film that gets a 5/5 from me? (thinks about it) oh maybe not, but it is the most perfect thing I've seen from the auteur so far.

    I suffer from serious anxiety, and this often makes it difficult for me to interact with others without feeling nervous. But wait, that's not all! With every load of anxiety, you get a big ol' box of guilt! That's right guilt! Guilt from things you did when…

  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    ★★★★½

    I've wanted to write a review for this film for a while, but have had difficulty in doing so. I want to express my emotions I felt here, without sounding weighted, manipulative and taking the whole 'review' aspect away from this review in of itself. It's a film in which I know has a lot of detractors, and I don't think "Requiem for a Dream" is a perfect movie, but it's one that touched me deeply for some odd reason.…

  • Kaili Blues

    Kaili Blues

    ★★★★½

    Treated myself to another blind watch, and what a treat it was!

    This film has been around for a couple years already, but if you can find it I highly encourage you to! It feels like a cross between Hsou, and Weerasethakul, with a touch of Kore-eda. "Kaili Blues" is a meditative journey through reality, as if it were a dream. This film is reality, with time, memories, and dreams, breaking from their realms and sparsely hiding throughout. We witness…

  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★½

    This movie was so much better than I was told it was. Tom Cruise is excellent, he doesn't even look the same! He looks like a psychotic Canadian from a boy band. Can't understand why The Mommy was so hated but it's a lot different from what I was expecting. It wasn't scary, it was depressing and kind of disturb... oh "Mommy"... Whoops. Well this was far better anyway.

    Today I tackle one of the most beloved films of 2014…

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    Continuing my Orson Welles filmography spree, and so far, "Macbeth" is my favorite out of what I've seen so far!

    I also viewed "The Stranger" and "The Lady from Shanghai", but I didn't review those, because I didn't have much to say about them and to me they were just fine. Both were a little stifled, but had some good performances, cinematography and were for the most part decent.

    But I digress, as I completely loved this adaptation of "Macbeth".…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

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

    SPOILER REVIEW AS I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THOSE FILMS TO GO IN KNOWING AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD THAT A NUMBER OF TIMES, BUT "THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER" IS PERHAPS THE PRIME EXAMPLE OF IT. SERIOUSLY IF YOU WANT TO BE SWEPT AWAY BY THIS FILM, DON'T LOOK INTO IT, AND JUST WATCH IT!

    A little something you should know. I was sick while watching this, my stomach was killing me! And I don't…

  • Rome, Open City

    Rome, Open City

    ★★★★½

    I just completed Roberto Rossellini's war trilogy, so I'll review all three films and give my initial thoughts. From someone who loves Italian cinema and the neo-realist movement, I can say that I very much enjoyed these films. They had just the right amount of genuine, authentic characters, tied along with the exciting and austere, events surrounding them.

    The first film is of course "Rome Open City", one of the quintessential neo-realist films to come from that time, and perhaps…

  • Dead Man

    Dead Man

    ★★★★½

    And just like that, I'm eagerly awaiting to watch the next film by Jim Jarmusch. This film put me under a spell from the very begginning that lasted for the remainder of the film. I mentioned in my previous reviews, that due to how idiosyncratic Jarmusch's filmmaking style is, it was a little difficult for me to get into it, and despite "Dead Man" being a little bit of a detour from the average setting of a Jarmusch film, this…