Franbot41 has written 24 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • High Fidelity

    High Fidelity

    ★★★★

    This and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World form the perfect “Personally (not so personally) attack every straight, white, young adult male” double feature.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    Baby Drummer 

  • It Happened One Night

    It Happened One Night

    ★★★★

    Every other Rom-com in existence:“Can I copy your homework?”
    It Happened One Night:”Yeah sure, don’t even bother to change it”

  • Design for Living

    Design for Living

    ★★★★

    Ever since I watched To Be or Not to Be, I’ve always had tremendous faith in Lubitsch, but I certainly didn’t expect this. My lack of pre-code era cinema, and love for the Golden Age, made think there was no way the themes mentioned in the plot description would be treated in such a magnificent way. 

    Three perfectly balanced, marvelously depicted and terrifically portrayed characters all share one of the most wonderful written screenplays.
    The sexist nature of marriage, the economic…

  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★

    I like the title itself, but as far as it’s connection to the story, it’s pretty awful.

  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    ★★★★

    By utilizing somewhat of a romcom format and a very day-to-day tone Sofia Coppola is able to find a good amount of moments that can very easily reach the soul. 

    After we are shown the routine that Laura lives by everyday, the appearance of Bill Murray’s character comes with an energizing dynamic that carries the film. It’s in those conversations between father and daughter that it all comes alive. A screenplay full of perspective on the subject and two brilliant…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    So many aspects are absolutely exceptional and revolutionary for their time that any minor issues that may be distracting on the first viewing will just fade away with time. 
    My biggest take away is that hell has pretty cool vibes.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★

    The mixture of soft sci-fi aspects and natural lighting make this so perfectly grounded that the satire commentary delivers its message perfectly clear while still making you feel like: “!?!?”

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★

    By relying on the elements that made Dazed and Confused one of the all-time high school classics, Linklater is able to once again deliver the most important message in his filmography: “Live in the moment”

    Both Everybody Wants Some!! and it’s spiritual predecessor take place in crucial and nerve-racking moments in the character’s lives. However, the focus is not on the fear of growing up or the inevitability of change, but instead in how the little moments are the ones…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★

    My opinion on this will most likely only go downhill from here because of how little rewatchability it has. 

    The way the screenplay is handled as a soft horror/thriller really elevates a lot of scenes. The moments that draw the most emotion out of the viewer are the ones that are treated as more than a journalist drama. The editing is critical in achieving this.
    The performances are, from what I’ve read, more impressions of the real Spotlight team than…

  • Play It Again, Sam

    Play It Again, Sam

    ★★★★

    I can definitely see how a lot of the people that write about this film complain about the similarities that it has with the majority of Allen’s succeeding work. However, this particular formula has always worked for me.
      
    His neurotic comedic style, Diane Keaton bringing life to every scene, the clear inspiration from the golden age and the biographic narrative, have all become a safe place for me. Not because I like repetition or enjoy unoriginal things, but because…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★★

    If Mank is any less than 150 minutes long I’ll be really disappointed. David Fincher films could never end for me. He masters the character work and the tone of a film to the point of giving it a life of its own. I could watch a never ending sequence of perfectly crafted shots by Fincher from here to eternity.