PaoAndrade has written 28 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2019.

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★★

    I’ve seen Breakingn bad once, in a binge mode, over five years ago, and while I loved it, there are many things I’ve forgotten. I debated whether to watch the movie after a rewatch or not, and ideally I would have, but it would have taken me time and I didn’t want to risk getting spoiled.

    So going in, I was worried a lot of things would get past me and that I wouldn’t feel as connected. Those worries were…

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★

    My expectations for this were through the roof, regarded as one of the best movies of the decade and a favorite of so many people...I saw it, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t find it revolutionary or flooring, BUT I still really liked it.

    It was an interesting biopic with great performances, specially from Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. The editing, which I usually don’t pay attention to, stood out, so did the score. It also kept my attention all…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    This movie is a magnificent character study. Brad Pitt gives such a nuanced and impactful performance, is hard to care about anything else. The rest of the cast do their jobs.

    I felt the pace slow throughout, but why shouldn’t it be? Not every movie needs to be fast and “exciting”. This is reflective and awe inspiring instead.

    A visually stunning movie, helped by the melancholic score from Max Richter.

    At the end, it’s not perfect, but I connected to Roy’s struggle so much, that it definitely worked for me.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★

    What a lovely film. I was told it was visually beautiful, and I can confirm that. This movie is a treat to the eyes.

    I wasn’t aware of the plot beforehand, I assumed it would just be about people living their lives in a luxury hotel. I was pleasantly surprised to see it was not about that at all, because I meant I really didn’t know what to expect.

    Every actor is great in here, it was cool seeing so…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★

    I had forgotten how enjoyable the film truly was, it’s 2:40+ hours of runtime, but it flies by.

    It reminds me of Reservoir Dogs, so having cast members from that film is sweet. Every actor is great in this, and the characters are all fleshed out and given memorable dialogue.

    The score is fantastic, and the cinematography beautiful.

    It has everything that makes a Tarantino movie great, I’m running out of things to say...it has one of my favorite endings to his movies.

  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    ★★★★

    Another first time Tarantino watch.

    I really didn’t know what to expect from this movie. I had heard it fell on the weaker side of the Tarantino filmography, I had also heard it was severely underappreciated and that it was one of the better ones. So...divisive. I also had no idea about the plot, so I went in blind. I even thought because of the poster it might be black and white.

    At the end, I had a blast. I…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    So my first couple of viewings were unconventional. The first one was only half a viewing because there was an earthquake and we had to evacuate the mall. The second one was a week later and I had had time to hear about all the hype so I was anxious to get the first part I had already seen out of the way to get to the “best of all MCU” part of the movie...so I was left feeling a…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    I don’t know where to start. I gave it four stars because it is a really well done movie, and I find myself having a good time, but still...many things irritate me.

    Let’s start with Thor. A complete 180. I’m all for continuity so this bothered me a lot. They made him a buffoon. Where is the Thor from the first movie? The good part about this is that after watching Endgame where he is worse, it doesn’t bother me…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★

    I was a fan of the Tobey McGuire ones, and I was a fan of the Andrew Garfield ones, so I wasn’t looking forward to yet another reboot in such a short span of time.

    After the movie ended, I didn’t mind. It was a hell of a ride. The high school setting worked because Tom Holland’s Peter is having the time of his life.

    The music choices are excellent, it makes the movie upbeat. And the rest of the…

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★★★

    I love this film, it’s heartwarming and great fun. Plus it’s an origin film and I have a weakness for those.

    Paul Rudd as Scott Lang is a struck of gold, he is extremely charismatic, and the father daughter relationship is the heart of the film.

    It’s smaller in scale than some others, but that’s refreshing.

    The supporting characters all do a good job.

    Some humor makes me laugh out loud and other roll my eyes, so let’s call it even on that front.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★

    Guardians of the galaxy seems to be universally praised as one of the best MCU films, I wouldn’t go so far, but it is really enjoyable.

    The tone of the film is my favorite thing about it. It’s colorful and has a killer soundtrack. And the fun is contagious.

    The plot is good enough and while most jokes don’t land for me, they don’t irritate me either (at least upon rewatch, because they used to).

    The thing that brings it…

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★

    This is one of those instances, where not reading the comics actually help. I’m not attached to the idea of who the mandarin is supposed to be, and as a result this movie really works for me.

    You have RDJ and his supporting cast returning once again, and they play off of each other extremely well. And at the center of the movie you put Tony Stark with PTSD, suitless for a considerable portion...after that type of set up, is…