David has written 52 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★★½

    King Richard is easily one of the biggest pleasant surprises 2021 has had to offer, and also one of the best movies this year.

    It starts off like a pretty standard sports drama. But once the characters start to develop and the story gets going, it becomes something so wholesome and hopeful that it was impossible not to smile.

    The biggest surprise of King Richard is how much it subverts expectations. Even with a familiar and predictable story, the screenplay…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    I had very high expectations for Dune...

    They were met.

    I love this movie. It's everything I could have asked for and maybe even more. Denis Villeneuve had the near impossible task of adapting the unadaptable and making it a compelling and coherent narrative. Not only did he succeed, he excelled.

    It's gorgeously shot, perfectly edited, beautifully written, and has some of the best sound design, mixing, production designs, and visual effects I've ever seen. In fact, it's one of…

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★½

    What a great movie.

    THE FEELS!!!

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★½

    In the Heights is like the film equivalent of a giant dance party. It has so much energy, style, and a sense of community and togetherness that can only be found by the love and care from others.

    Jon M. Chu does such a great job helming what is such a massive musical ship. It's very clear in every scene just how much the cast and crew care about making this as good as it can possibly be, and I'd…

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★½

    Great stuff. Maybe even better the second time.

    Original Review:
    A Quiet Place Part II is easily one of the best horror sequels I've ever seen. It expands on the original in a lot of new, great ways, and goes in a natural, organic direction that makes the first one even better in the process.

    The film opens with what I'd call one of the greatest opening scenes I've ever seen. It's intense, terrifying, has some great character moments, and…

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★½

    A Quiet Place Part II is easily one of the best horror sequels I've ever seen. It expands on the original in a lot of new, great ways, and goes in a natural, organic direction that makes the first one even better in the process.

    The film opens with what I'd call one of the greatest opening scenes I've ever seen. It's intense, terrifying, has some great character moments, and has you invested and back into this world, more pumped…

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★½

    Everytime I watch this movie, I think I like it just a little bit more. The direction here is fantastic and it's an absolute thrill from start to finish that never lets you take a breath. It makes such good use of its premise and lives up to it in practically every way possible.

    Bring on Part II!

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    Man, I love this movie so much. Even better the second time.

    It's just so unique throughout with how it's basically a really dark and upsetting story all packed inside a colorful and vibrant shell. Somehow it manages to nail both aspects and make it feel whole.

    Emerald Fennell totally deserved that best original screenplay win and Carey Mulligan should've won best actress.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★½

    Zack Snyder's Justice League is one of the best comic book movies I've ever seen and it makes the theatrical version look even more embarrassing in the process. Literally any good thing that film had to offer is basically taken from here, and where that film only cared about moving the plot along at a rapid pace, this cut takes its sweet time to set everything up and develop the characters in the process.

    Every major character here has a…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Every so often, a film comes out that changes the way you see the world. This is that film.

    Sound of Metal is a film that I didn't know much about going in. I had heard good things and knew the basic premise. But to say that this movie exceeded my expectations would be an understatement. I was absolutely floored by this movie. The story, direction, writing, performances, sound design, everything. It's all fantastic and I still struggle to think…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    Minari is such a great film that pulls at the heartstrings in the best of ways and never lets them go.

    The writing and direction here are really good. Lee Isaac Chung does a fantastic job of making these characters seem like real, living, breathing people. I wanted to step into this world and give these characters a hug on multiple occasions because they're that likable and I was that invested in who they are and what a lot of…

  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★½

    Your Name is a really complex, beautiful, and emotionally powerful film that completely floored me.

    I knew going in that it would be something unique, but what I didn't know is that it would be so layered and deep that I'd end up watching it twice within 12 hours. I'm not even kidding, when it first ended, I felt like I needed to watch it again ASAP to get a better feeling for a lot of the themes, plot structure,…