Grm Jns has written 48 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2019.

  • Monterey Pop

    Monterey Pop

    ★★★★

    in one way, this fashion scene is still going on today. in another way, it's like there's so much to learn from the clothes and style in this movie, like we never paid close enough attention.

  • Luce

    Luce

    ★★★★

    Q&A with the actor and director at AMC Lincoln Center 

    “Luce” works on its audience in a similar way as this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fairview” — the audience is left to confront themselves 

    Hopefully more people start reading Franz Fanon; he’s one of the better existentialists

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★

    the unhurried pace is refreshing

  • Fast Color

    Fast Color

    ★★★★

    beautiful special effects

  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

    Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

    ★★★★

    There’s been a handful of recent amazing essayistic profile movies about singular people (artists, politicians, business leaders, intellectuals etc) . This is one best

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★

    All the energy and excitement you pray for when you sit down at the feet of first time filmmakers

  • The Edge of Democracy

    The Edge of Democracy

    ★★★★

    Thankful this movie exists. US citizens need to see this.

    The aerial camera work and long takes are some of the best I've seen in a documentary

    For additional background___ pair this movie with the Vox YouTube video explaining Operation Car Wash to learn how the cartel actually worked.
    youtu.be/uMXumMJZYYI

    To catch up on recent news___ watch The Intercept's YouTube video with Glen Greenwald summarizing their June 2019 reporting on leaked messages concerning Judge Moro.
    youtu.be/vCnSJ5yDv1g

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★

    charismatic bobby spinning his own yarn

    marty decides to follow dylan's lead and blends fact and fiction in this carnival-as-movie

    even for dylan skeptics, there's patti and ginsberg. and then there's joan baez dressed in a bob dylan costume.

    todd haynes "i'm not there" is still the best dylan movie. and "no direction home" and "don't look back" are still the best dylan-on-film entry points. counter-intuitively, dylan feels younger and lighter on his feet here during "rolling thunder revue".

    unclear how this movie plays for people who haven't spent their whole lives saturated in bobby's catalog.

  • The Proposal

    The Proposal

    ★★★★

    architect necrophilia

  • The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers

    ★★★★

    Bizarre q&a tonight at film forum nyc with woman who plays a reporter in a scene with the police

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    that hormal soundtrack blaring over graceful slow motion teens (like in “eighth grade” sequences — but turned up to 11)

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★★

    the more you encounter the franchise elements from film to film, the better it gets