Kinotherapy has written 17 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2018.

  • Marketa Lazarová

    Marketa Lazarová

    ★★★★★

    So I’ve been discovering some Czech New Wave films, which is the best thing I’ve done in a long time! Most of the films I’ve seen have been added to my favorite movies list, and are often variations of strange films blended with magnificent cinematography, and undertones of comedy and social commentary. Marketa Lazarova is the farthest from these types of films, however, I learned two things from this film:

    1. Marketa Lazarova is the greatest Czech film ever made!…

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

    Twelve Angry Men: Acceptance of the Unfamiliar

    Cinema is Art, but what is art? Art to me is a reflection of life. Not an exact replica, but rather a representation of it. A slight shift in strict normality for the sake of showing a viewpoint of life through the artist’s perspective. In film, we are often given stories and some of the best stories to me are the ones in which average people are put in unfamiliar situations. A conflict…

  • La Pointe-Courte

    La Pointe-Courte

    ★★★★★

    From the Queen of Cinema, Agnes Varda, comes her intimate, simplistic, yet grandiose film "La Pointe-Courte". The only reason I don't say it's Varda's masterpiece is because I know that will start a debate and I'm not even entirely sure myself if I like this, "Cleo from 5 to 7" or "Vagabond" more. But this film is just perfectly beautiful.

    "La Pointe-Courte" doesn't have a plot, but it doesn't need to. We're so much more engaged in the setting, and…

  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    The Last Temptation of Christ

    ★★★★★

    In my previous review, I talked about “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and how it debunked the myths surrounding James as a God-like icon and portrayed him as a man. With this film “The Last Temptation of Christ” Martin Scorsese aims to accomplish the same thing, but with another, more significant and more controversial historical figure, Jesus Christ. As you could imagine this film got a lot of backlash, for portraying Jesus with struggles and…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    ★★★★★

    Imagine being me and seeing a film that satisfies my tastes for westerns, character studies, and brilliant cinematography all in one tragic, yet eye-opening experience. In this true Anti-western if ever an anti-western did exist.

    From the first shot, Nick Cave's wonderful score sets the mood over Roger Deakins vibrant photography, as the narrator tells about Jesse James, but delves into some facts which many of us probably didn't even know about the famed outlaw. The kind that they don't…

  • City Lights

    City Lights

    ★★★★★

    It’s Charlie Chaplin’s magnum opus! Everyone’s favorite most adored, film by the silent comic master. The greatest achievement by my favorite personality in all of cinema: City Lights! What can I even say? How much love can I return to this film that so many others haven’t returned and spoken highly of it already? To return the love that this film, filled us all with and deserves every praise back. Chaplin’s films always had a hint of charm in his…

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    Now let's talk about the real masterpiece! Still to this day considered Park Chan-Wook's greatest film, the movie that blended a Greek tragedy with a South Korean thriller and was an international smash hit. It took my breath away the first time I saw it and it still does: "Oldboy"!

    After sitting through the repugnant remake, I watched this to get the taste out of my mouth, and this was shortly after watching it previously before I watched the remake…

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    ★★★★★

    Is it, 5 stars... I don't care I love this movie.

    When road movies are scarce, and family movies are so contrived, we get "Little Miss Sunshine" which flips all of those traits oh their heads. I saw a sub-par road movie recently and decided to re-watch one of my favorite comedy dramas to get my energy back up, and it served as the perfect response to the previously watched film. I won't say the title because you've probably never…

  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★★★

    After some time, I revisited this and it's a masterpiece!

    Some of you may have seen my previous review of "Blow-Up" in which I expressed how confused I was at this mind-boggling movie. But I admitted as dizzy as it left me, I was perplexed and wanted to know more about it. Now some people understood that, while others were mad at me as if I didn't like the movie. All I said was that it was strange, and I…

  • The Gold Rush

    The Gold Rush

    ★★★★★

    Chaplin's Masterpiece! Or at least at the time, I think he has more than one. But when the "The Gold Rush" was released in 1925, audiences went nuts for it and Chaplin himself called it "the greatest film I've made so far" Not without it's emotional sympathy for it's main character, however, The Gold Rush is Chaplin's pinnacle of visual and pantomime comedy and not as weighted such as "Modern Times" and "City Lights" A wonderful, laughter-filled adventure, that warms…

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

    12 Angry Men: more like, 5 angry men, and 2 optimistic men... one neutral man... one frail man... one french man... a couple other guys who weren't that mad... not all 12 of them are angry that's my point, okay?

    The first time I saw 12 Angry Men, my breath was taken away and I knew that I just seen one of the greatest films of all time. Nobody can deny that, in all the classics I see disowned everyday,…

  • Amarcord

    Amarcord

    ★★★★★

    If Tarkovsky is a poet or a philosopher, then Fellini is a magician, a wizard, capable of capturing the pure feeling of nostalgia and personifying that as a film, while casting us under it's inviting, entrancing, spell.

    While the later half of Fellini's filmography is considered to be "not as good" as his earlier period, Amarcord is often ranked as one of the director's greatest achievements. Based on memories of his own life and centering around his childhood best friend…