pablocatepetl has written 86 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • The White Sheik

    The White Sheik

    ★★★

    This film is Fellini's first solo effort as a director. It's adorable. Fluffy, airy, and inconsequential, but cute nonetheless. It's his go at the romantic comedy genre--one could say it's his interpretation of a Capra or Lubitsch farce. Comedic misunderstandings and mishaps occur again and again. The film's plot is highly improbable, not in the classic Felliniesque fashion, but more so in a Saturday matinee kind of way. The two actors in the film playing the newlyweds are charming and…

  • What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires

    What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires

    ★★★

    After finishing both seasons of the What We Do In The Shadows on FX, I craved more content and decided to watch the short film that started it all. Before I get into that specifically, I have to say how great this whole franchise is. It's some of the funniest, wildest, exciting comedy being written today, and it's all just about vampires. Hollywood has been parodying the gothic genre since Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein. In a world that already…

  • Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran's Ultimate Party

    Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran's Ultimate Party

    ★★★

    YouTube kept recommending I watch this. It's fascinating. I never knew the Shah of Iran threw such an opulent party for all the heads of state and royals of the world. It's funny how they spent so much money at this event, all the caviar and foie gras, chandeliers and tapestries, and it still looked like everyone there was bored and miserable. Buñuel or Fellini could have made a very good satirical film off of this premise.

  • Spirits of the Dead

    Spirits of the Dead

    ★★★

    Spirits of the Dead is an anthology of three short films, each one based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe. In brief, the first two shorts are essentially pointless, but the stylish, inventive third film redeems the project.

    The first film stars Jane Fonda. It is directed by Roger Vadim, who famously directed her in Barbarella. I have not yet seen that film, but I am very aware of its reputation. The entire entertainment value of the short relies…

  • The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

    The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

    ★★★

    Uplifting little nostalgia trip😊

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★★

    I enjoyed this. I got a lot of Sam Raimi Spider-Man vibes from it. Parts of it also reminded me of the wholesomeness of Richard Donner’s Superman. The film is not afraid to lean into the sillier aspects of the comic book lore while still having the confidence to approach it with a certain amount of earnestness. Patty Jenkin’s version of the 80s aesthetic has a splashiness to it. It has a nice, sarcastic edge to it. It deviates somewhat…

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★

    The dialogue and action are particularly not good in this one. So much noise and explosions, it feels like a Michael Bay movie. But the fan service is pretty fun and it’s very satisfying to see the rise of Darth Vader, as awkwardly conceived as it may be.

  • There's Something About Mary

    There's Something About Mary

    ★★★

    Funny, though nowhere near the 5-star greatness of the Farrellys’ earlier Dumb and Dumber, which is a top 10 all-timer in my opinion. I did not realize Matt Dillon had such a prominent role in this film, he was a delight to watch whenever his private eye character was on screen. Features some amusing and memorable comedy cameos by Keith David, Richard Jenkins, and Harlan Williams. Ben Stiller was alright, though it certainly isn’t his most interesting performance. It would still be a few years after he made this film before he realized comedy greatness with Zoolander and Simple Jack. Cameron Diaz was good in this too.

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Jack and the Beanstalk

    ★★★

    Made-for-tv adaptation of the fairy tale. Stars Dennis Christopher and features Elliot Gould as the giant. Unfortunately Gould is under so much make-up and the version of the film I watched was a Spanish dub, so I was unable to appreciate his performance. The art direction is charming and there are some cute puppet effects featuring a cow and a golden-egg laying chicken. Does not reinvent or interpret the tale in any particularly interesting way, not that it should. It’s made for children. Executive produced by Shelley Duvall.

  • Sólo con tu pareja

    Sólo con tu pareja

    ★★★

    This early film by Alfonso Cuaron is a middling sex comedy with an incredibly refined look. Though technically a comedy, I think there was only one joke in the entire runtime that I found genuinely clever and funny. Other than that, I sat stone-faced while watching these dull jokes being realized with an aesthetic beauty that it was undeserving of. It’s plotted interestingly enough to keep you engaged, but ultimately it feels hollow and it lacks substance. The situations are…

  • La Chinoise

    La Chinoise

    ★★★

    An interesting little novelty film from Godard. It’s centered around a bunch of young, good looking French actors (including a grown up Antoine Doinel from The 400 Blows), as they sit around a Parisian apartment discussing Maoist ideology and class-conscious revolution. The dialogue is a mix between Marxist-Leninist discourse and cryptic, pseudo-poetic back-and-forths between men and women concerning their passions and hopes. You can feel a lot of Jacques Rivette influence in this film.

    The music of the film is…

  • Brigsby Bear

    Brigsby Bear

    ★★★

    Brigsby Bear is a movie that begins with a very exciting, dramatic, and emotionally complicated premise. You’re immediately drawn into the made-up world of this bizarre children’s TV show, surprised again and again with every narrative unraveling that the film throws at you. Then once the first act ends, the movie just sort of stops being daring and instead opts for just being an adequate little character piece. It’s a nice, heartwarming little hipster dramedy, and with the creative backing…