Kinotherapy has written 21 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2019.

  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★½

    If Ivan’s Childhood didn’t blow you away, “Andrei Rublev” definitely will! An epic of vast scope depicting the time period, the world, and the journey of the human soul. If “Andrei Rublev doesn’t feel as epic as something like “Lawrence of Arabia” it covers those grounds in the depths of the human condition and spirit of the artist.

    Often hailed as one of the greatest films ever made, everything done in “Andrei Rublev” is flawless, and viscerally powerful! Tarkovsky wanted…

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    ★★★★½

    When people ask me why I never want to get married and why I hate parties, I just show them this film.

  • Hour of the Wolf

    Hour of the Wolf

    ★★★★½

    For any fans of the recent A24 hit "The Lighthouse" I think you'll enjoy "Hour of the Wolf" which echoes some of the same themes and elements. It's an ambiguous, surreal and unsettling drama taking place all on an island. If you were to call any of Ingmar Bergman's films 'horror' this would be it.

    "Hour of the Wolf" returns us to the island of Faro, a place in which Bergman called home. It's a great location as it can…

  • Ivan's Childhood

    Ivan's Childhood

    ★★★★½

    When Tarkovsky admireres look back on his filmography, a majority of them might say that "Ivan's Childhood" is his weakest film. While that may be true to some extent, however, I want to disclaim this notion before it has a negative influence on any first time watchers because the worst of Tarkovsky is like the worst gem in a treasure chest. It's still extremely valuable. Besides it was Tarkovsky's first film and the fact that he just kept growing is…

  • Miracle in Milan

    Miracle in Milan

    ★★★★½

    I come to you as a huge fan Vittorio De Sica's films! And what I find interesting about "Miracle in Milan" is it was De Sica's follow up to "Bicycle Thieves"! Interesting because "Miracle in Milan" both parallels and contradicts "Bicycle Thieves" style. De Sica continued on a neo-realist path with casting non-professional actors and covering struggles of the poor. However, this time De Sica made an uplifting fantasy film, that could give the public hope and joy for a…

  • Network

    Network

    ★★★★½

    Me and my friends were discussing angry characters, or angry movies. Some of them we named were Tommy DeVito from "Goodfellas" and Frank Begbie from "Trainspotting". Although we struggled to think of a movie that singularly embodied the entity of anger, I later thought of a film, that may not personify the emotion, however anger is probably the most frequent emotion portrayed in this film! "Network" has to be one of the angriest movies ever made! Every character in this…

  • Incendies

    Incendies

    ★★★★½

    It's often said about War films, that it's difficult to purposefully deliver an anti-war message, when the audience is wrapped up in all the excitement of the battles and action. Denis Villeneuve however I think has successfully broken that myth and showed us the true horrors of war with an effective drama.

    Some may not consider this to be a war film, considering that it doesn't center around soldiers, but there have been previous releases such as "Come and See"…

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    ★★★★½

    My first Fassbinder film has completely left me stunned! I loved everything about this movie! It's theatrical narrative structure, the red hot acting, the precise camera movements and beautiful shots.

    The film basically runs like a play, taking place in one location, with roughly four or five acts encompassing long scenes and flawless takes of frivolous acting captured within. However, in my humble opinion, it expands on the theatre experience by having a camera play a role in the presentation.…

  • Happiness

    Happiness

    ★★★★½

    "Joy, I'm not laughing at you. I'm laughing with you"
    "But I wasn't laughing"

    Wow! Only someone like Todd Solondz can conjure up something so brilliant, yet so sickening. This is not just another Dark Comedy, for this is the darkest comedy I have ever seen! And I loved it because I'm a cynical, 20 something doomer.

    "Happiness" is like a fucked-up Woody Allen movie. Or a reverse "Magnolia" in which the coincidences make everyone more miserable in their despair.…

  • Lust for Life

    Lust for Life

    ★★★★½

    "Lust for Life" is about the struggle for passion and love through the life of the most famous tortured artist.

    Kirk Douglas gives one of his greatest performances as Vincent Van Gogh. (Or is it Gof?) Already a beloved actor by myself, his passion and outbursts, his love and anger never cease to amaze me and yet still be consistent with Van Gogh's character.

    The cinematography flawlessly captures the sets and outdoor scenery in broad colorful strokes, the way Vincent…

  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★½

    When the general public thinks "Japanese media" The first things that pop into their mind are often the exploitive and over the top subject matter contained in films and anime. The country is notoriously familiarized with it's bizarre entertainment featuring weird styles, hyperbolized action, blood, nudity and sometimes tentacles, whatever that could possibly mean. However there's another side to Japanese art that I have noticed; a trait carrying on for generations that anyone who dives more into Japanese cinema or…

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★½

    Film and theater are sometimes thought of as different mediums. Of course they are, but sometimes the aspects that make up a film are debated. Most agree, that a film should be visual and focus more on cinematography and editing, while films with decent stories, but uninspired direction can sometimes get criticized. On the other hand, many famous filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Walt Disney, among other film buffs believe that a story and performances are still important. But…