Kinotherapy has written 44 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★

    Who is Roma?

    In film discussions, I’ve often heard the term “The City was like a character” used to describe various films. Personally, I don’t think that term applies better to any film than “Fellini’s Roma” considering it was the entire goal of Federico. To develop Rome herself, painting a portrait rather than a landscape. The question of who a city is, may be more complex than asking who a person is, for you have to consider the people of…

  • Fellini Satyricon

    Fellini Satyricon

    ★★★★

    Fellini’s weirdest film. And that’s saying something.

    History is sometimes remembered in fragments. Significant occurrences, with insignificant subsequences that have been lost to time. The further back we go, the more unrecognizable civilization becomes to us, and we must rely on our imagination to fill in the gaps of what the old world might have looked like. Civilizations so unfamiliar to us in the present, Ancient Rome has more in common with the planet Mars than our modern livelihood. With…

  • 49th Parallel

    49th Parallel

    ★★★★

    I'd like to take this opportunity to not exactly review the film, but to discuss a particular scene. One that struck a chord with me and effectively became the most memorable part of the production to me. "49th Parallel" is a fairly good film. It's not one of the greatest of all time, and isn't even one of Powell and Pressberger's best, yet it's not a bad film at all. I wouldn't say this writing will give away any spoilers,…

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    If you want to know how to build suspense, and deliver exposition discreetly in your film, you should watch and study Jordan Peele's "Nope". Every scene has a payoff, so many lines of dialogue are carefully wrapped clues that serve a greater purpose to the plot. The opening scene, in which O.J. is in the studio with his horse for instance, sets up so much and cunningly winks to the audience of what's to forecome. However, the film doesn't spoonfeed…

  • I Vitelloni

    I Vitelloni

    ★★★★

    Before "American Graffiti" and "The Breakfast Club". Before "Slacker" and "The Last Picture Show". Before "The Graduate" and "The Worst Person in the World" Fellini planted the seed of multiple subgenres ranging from the coming-of-age story, a small-town drama, and delayed adulthood. Many of these genres we've come to love made their first appearance in Federico Fellini's first smash hit, "I Vitteloni"

    Life is unpredictable. "I Vitteloni" is an unpredictable film. Sometimes mundane activities or local events are purely the…

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★

    Here’s a little history of my own:

    2012: I see my first Woody Allen film “Take the Money and Run” I find it absolutely hilarious. I eagerly check out more Allen films and see his progression as a filmmaker, “Hannah and her Sisters” to “Match Point”. His films become increasingly more mature and complex and I love it. I listen to his stand-up and I find myself relating a lot to Allen’s personality and struggles. We have a lot in…

  • Jesus Camp

    Jesus Camp

    ★★★★

    Jesus Camp Review

    Evangelicals: The LGBTQ+ are trying to brainwash our children!

    Also Evangelicals:

    The most interesting thing about this documentary is that it contains practically no interjection of the filmmakers opposing view, or expert’s commentary on what is being shown. The most we see is a liberal radio show host condemning this indoctrination of the youth. This restrained presentation is not only to let these actions speak for themselves, but I believe is a cunning tactic to trick Christians…

  • A King in New York

    A King in New York

    ★★★★

    I will never cease to be amazed at Chaplin’s balance of conflicting measures in his films. He’s a sly and unrelenting satirist, yet upholds an air of optimism and joy throughout his performance. It could have been instinctively easy for Chaplin to make a bitter, scornful portrait of the land who betrayed him, yet he never stoops that low. Chaplin ensures to attack the culture, not the people, who are victims of their own mind games as well.

    Throughout the…

  • Misery

    Misery

    ★★★★

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

    There already is a Karen horror movie. Can you guess what it is?

    It was a great joy getting to revisit this film! I watched this in my screenwriting class with some students who hadn’t seen it before and that was a lot of fun. Seeing them wince and turn away during the hobbling scene is satisfying to me, perhaps sickly, but I reveled in witnessing their first experience with this film.

    One element I never really picked up on…

  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★

    I’ve talked about my anxiety in more places than just Letterboxd, relating it to movies as well as the outside world, and one point I’ve addressed, even recently in another Bergman review, is that of guilt. Guilt and Anxiety practically go hand in hand, fearing judgement whether you’ve done anything worthy of being shameful or not. Social anxiety isn’t a subject that was covered in many older films, and still not many contemporary ones either, but Ingmar Bergman casts a…

  • Sawdust and Tinsel

    Sawdust and Tinsel

    ★★★★

    "Sawdust and Tinsel" feels very much in the same vein as something like Federico Fellini's "La Strada". It takes something that should be fun and delightful and uses it as a paradigm for the grotesque and cruel world. The opening scene in particular speaks to me. A scene that appears to start out comedic, ampled by the laughter of extras, yet it soon dissolves into stark, uncomfortable humiliation. The laughter stops, and the camera closes in on our victims faces,…

  • All the President's Men

    All the President's Men

    ★★★★

    The biggest political scandal of the 20th century is documented in how it was brought to light, by the two daring, risk-taking, investigative journalists, who took on the higher powers.

    "All the President's Men" details the true story of how two journalists uncovered Nixon's famous Watergate scandal and brought it to the publics attention. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman play Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein respectively, as they challenge their bosses, their leaders and the public in risking their careers…