Grm Jns has written 17 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2019.

  • Misery

    Misery

    ★★★½

    “Throw it all out. Except the part about naming the grave digger after me. You can leave that in.” 

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★½

    thematically uninteresting (i've seen too much mid-century modernist stage plays to find this to be fresh). but the photography, sfx, accents and atmosphere were all lovely. i could watch a thousand more films with this kind of attention to period details from across a greater spread of geographies and time periods.

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★½

    incredible start (art design on those graphics) and perfect ending pay-off. but i was genuinely squirming in my seat with boredom during those conversations with the actor and all the heroin hits.

  • Honeyland

    Honeyland

    ★★★½

    the countryside ethnographic experience of "sweetgrass" (2009), but bees instead of sheep.

  • The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

    The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

    ★★★½

    "You're taking a picture of a picture of a pitcher holding a pitcher."

    WARNING: There's NO decent sleight-of-hand magic in this movie.

    "F is for Fake" created this whole genre. A fraction of the new docs I see are about the making of the doc and include the director's memoir. Another fraction of docs does this blurring of fact and fiction: particularly around artists and their mythos. I'm a sucker for them all. This one wasn't as good as I had hoped but still delivered the goods.

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    ★★★½

    I’m a sucker for those Short Term 12 vibes

  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★½

    so deep into letterboxd/film twitter that i actually watched this movie

    shia labeouf should've been cast in this

    the opening sequence is perfect.

    the story is conventional, but at least it's anti-corporate/anti-fascist (yes, i'm looking at you Ready Player One)

  • Watership Down

    Watership Down

    ★★★½

    asylum-seeking immigrants and the violence that follows them as they search for a place to call home

  • Knock Down the House

    Knock Down the House

    ★★★½

    i only wish it was longer

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★½

    Cordory jackets look great

  • Paris Is Burning
  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★½

    whoops sorry, late for work, busy masturbating