Franbot41 has written 31 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★

    The way Ruby professes her obsession with The Preacher over and over again, creepily resembles how women used to romanticize Ted Bundy, and that makes this nightmarish masterpiece even more disturbing.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    Will God ever forgive us for not giving Ethan Hawke an Oscar?

  • Broadcast News

    Broadcast News

    ★★★★

    Jane eats a burger by herself, cries alone three times and poorly spies on other people throughout the duration of the film. All of this leads me to confidently say that she is one of the most relatable characters I've ever seen.

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    ★★★★

    Note to self: never give up any type of personal or sensitive information to significant others in order to have an advantage at the time of arguing.

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★

    I feel like this is more of a terrifying horror film for “nice guys” than an actual empowering film for women. But hey, I’m a dude, so maybe I should just shut the fuck up.

  • Saboteur

    Saboteur

    ★★★★

    By turning the “spy organization” of The 39 Steps into a “terrorist conglomerate” in Saboteur, the latter gains a lot of contemporary relevant stakes and it’s suspense is highly benefited.

  • Shithouse

    Shithouse

    ★★★★

    Shithouse could easily be mistaken for your typical college rom-com due to the recurrent cliches and almost dream-like narrative, if it wasn’t for Cooper Raiff’s confident direction and emotionally truthful screenplay. 

    His sense of pace is outstanding as he has complete trust in the viewer when moving forward with a scene or taking his time with the more dramatically dense pieces. Once he gets the audience to the comfort zone that’s when he really gets going. He takes you to…

  • 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.