Grm Jns has written 16 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2019.

  • Into the Woods

    Into the Woods

    ★★★★½

    Plot structure like Full Metal Jacket


    Perfect in every way 


    I thought I rented the other movie version. Turns out I stumbled into the better one.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    me to the academy: BUZZ 'EM IN!!!

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    ★★★★½

    those little girls are diabolical. i love them.

    greatest old-timey "let's-go-back-to-my-place" line of all time: "would you mind accompanying me through the house while I turn out the lights?"

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    camera movement and editing is as youthful, funny and light-on-its-feet as Truffaut's "shoot the piano player".

    large Italian-American family groups showed up together to see this at my screening at the Belasco Theatre on 44th st. in New York. the men wore hats and the women wore animal print.

  • The Mist

    The Mist

    ★★★★½

    When Toby Jones steps forward announcing his marksmanship qualifications, I tear up 

    Top 5 Stephen king movies since it captures his Lovecraftian ridiculousness

  • Unbelievable

    Unbelievable

    ★★★★½

    the healing presence of merritt weaver's slouching shoulders

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★★½

    Pikachu needs a car seat lmao.  Lots of daddy issues in Pikachu. Lots of body issues. I stan cyberpunk neo-noir. This Japanese-ish aesthetic: eg their car. The graphics and the realism are perfectly balanced. Appreciated the fan service with binders of cards in one’s old room and the closing credit sequence. At worst, this movie is a B+ fighting to be an A-. But an A for me personally. Thank you (yet still terrified this movie might point towards the future of content)

  • Transit

    Transit

    ★★★★½

    Looks like a small production. But it’s thematically huge.

    part Tarkovsky, part Vertigo, part contemporary anti-fascist refugee sci-fi

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★½

    Favorite lead performance of the year

  • One Child Nation

    One Child Nation

    ★★★★½

    This is more fucked up than Midsommar 
    (but worth your time)

  • Birds of Passage

    Birds of Passage

    ★★★★½

    Oh hell yeah. This is what I show up to movies praying to find

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★½

    Very confused about the story details in the first half. But this is one of the few movies from this year I wouldn’t mind watching again. Add this to the list of Stalker and Vertigo homages. 

    I drank in this movie. Seeing it a theater (Metrograph) helped settle me into the slow vibe. The second half was so delicious; I had a smile on my face through most of the dream-like long-take. 


    xox Sleepy cinema.