Kinotherapy has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2019.

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★★

    It's rare that I give a perfect score to a newly released film, on a first viewing... twice in the same year but...

    10/10

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    I don't usually give 5 stars to films after just watching them, especially if it's a new release, but I feel confident in my decision.

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★★

    No matter how mainstream, childish, or normie, anyone thinks it is, "The Wizard of Oz will always hold a place near and dear to my heart. It fits snugly in my favorite movies between "Once Upon a Time in America" and "Come and See" I can't think of anyone who hates this movie, I watched this film more times than any other (mostly when I was a child and hadn't begun my film going journey yet) and it's always a…

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    Raise the Red Lantern

    ★★★★★

    The 1920's: In America Women are fighting for their rights and standing up for independence. Meanwhile in China, young maidens are still being married off as wives and concubines for rich noblemen. Our protagonist, Songlian, was an educated women, but due to her father's untimely death, her family runs into money issues. Therefore Songlian, accepts that she has no choice but to marry a wealthy lord stating "It is the fate of all women" before shedding a tear.

    Songlian seems…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    He's black, gay and poor?! We have an Oscar winner everybody!

    My second favorite film of 2016 is one that I deeply connected with, although many wouldn't expect me to. I'm not black, I'm not gay, I didn't grow up poor (at least not as poor as Chiron) but this is the power of cinema. The universal appeal that stories of others lives can have on you. I may not relate to Chiron's predetermined qualities, but I understand what it's…

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    ★★★★★

    I'm almost shocked that this film exists. Making a film with such strong anti-war themes during the golden age of Hollywood seems like it's asking for some controversy, but surprisingly enough the film became a huge hit and won best picture which it deserved. "All Quiet on the Western Front" is a very daring film taking a very pessimistic viewpoint on war, with very little happy, or victorious moments, instead taking the viewer deeper down a hole of despair and…

  • Bicycle Thieves

    Bicycle Thieves

    ★★★★★

    I cannot deny, I love Bicycle Thieves! Sorry, but I'm just a sucker for it! I've heard many people call this film overrated and that they can't get into the hype surrounding what is often considered the greatest Italian film of all time! And I get that. Whenever a film is considered to be the greatest of it's country's filmography it tends to create a lot of detractors. I myself am not all that big into "Citizen Kane" (America) or…

  • You on Kazoo!

    You on Kazoo!

    ★★★★★

    In the late 70's and 80's, children's entertainment was starting to go down hill. Less nurturing and educational, and just mindless slapstick, or corporate owned properties to sell toys. Few tried to combat this, but then came the daring, game-changing short feature "You on Kazoo". After the marvelous "You on Kazoo" was released... nothing changed, kids entertainment was still dumb, and it always will be. Nobody this stupid thing. Yet at the same time there were tons more people, like…

  • Police Story

    Police Story

    ★★★★★

    Police Story?! But that's not a boring art house film!

    Indeed it is not, but to me Jackie Chan's highly entertaining "Police Story" is a filter. In the same way films might be a pleb filter like 2001, Persona, or Cat in the Hat, "Police Story" is a fun filter to show to stuck up cinema snobs who think that movies can't be enjoyable. And if you meet someone who doesn't like this, then cut them off. You don't need…

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    ★★★★★

    Tied in my top 2 or 3 favorite film spot is Charlie Chaplin's other masterpiece "Modern Times" It's honestly hard for me to explain why I rank "Modern Times" so high over "City Lights" I love them almost equally, but I just feel more personally drawn to it. Maybe it was when I first viewed them I like "Modern Times" more, but now it's a little more difficult to decide.

    Some key differences in the film are it's relationship between…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    A nearly flawless movie. Comedic, dramatic, spot-on cinematography, excellent acting, the costumes, the sets, the editing, the dialogue, the score, and the political satire make this the best film of the year next to Roma. The Favourite was robbed at the oscars. If the Academy cared anything about the art of filmmaking they would've given most of the awards to Lanthimos and his cast and crew.

    My personal take on the film is I found it a great satire of…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Extended Edition Released on Criterion Collection:

    Despite already loving this film, after watching the extended version I can confidently say that "The Tree of Life" is the best film of the decade. This is peak cinema, we have not been blessed with an experience this entrancing and this powerful since 2001: A Space Odyssey! Terrence Malick is a visionary containing poetic depth in each one of his shots, on top of them already being captivating. Every frame is stunning and…