Alex has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    While this is reactionary art in some ways, 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' also remains compulsively watchable, revealing a a number of moments of pure cinema. While the listless and drifting first half worked better for me than when "the plot" actually kicks in, the story and some of the scenes surrounding Sharon Tate do seem to suggest a wider world view than mere nostalgia.

    Allowing the differences between Margot Robbie (who is, as always, impressive in this) playing…

  • Even Dwarfs Started Small

    Even Dwarfs Started Small

    ★★★½

    The last thing my brain will replay to me as I die will be the endless maniacal cackle that one of the dwarfs in this movie emits. In many ways, this cackle would also serve as a perfect testament to the human race as a whole. If they send up a second golden Voyager disc into space, it would be an obvious inclusion.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★½

    A film which does for the nuclear family what "The Lobster" did for relationships, Yorgos Lanthimos "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" is an evocative deeply black deadpan comedy. While the film as a whole holds together well, one can't help but feel an intense sense of deja-vu if they have previously seen "The Lobster".

    Lanthimos seems to be making the same movie over and over again, merely shifting the context and subject slightly. This includes everything from the use…

  • Moonstruck

    Moonstruck

    ★★★½

    This was a first time watch for me and not really something that I would have selected on my own. It starts off agonizingly rehashing New York Italian stereotypes, until the point at which Nicholas Cage is introduced. With Cage, it is often a question of whether we will be treated to sleepy Cage or Unhinged Cage, with the latter clearly being the preference. No worries, we get Unhinged Cage, who even better has a wooden arm that he brandishes…