I struggle explaining how I rate movies.
Top 4 are my favorites I saw in March & April 2022.
This was the most aggressive commentary on toxic masculinity I can remember having seen & I mean that as a compliment. And in typical Garland fashion, I definitely did not fully understand what was going on in that final act. But it was still horrifying.
Buckley’s performance carries this movie too. It’s not a lot…
Got to catch the 2nd one on the big screen too as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. Just as magical as the first one, unreal worldbuilding. I honestly can’t decide which I prefer. The Battle of Helm’s Deep though, that’s epic filmmaking right there. I saw the extended addition again & once again I can’t imagine cutting anything from this for the theatrical edition. Still haven’t gotten around to catching the finale but I’m so excited for it.
Watched in 2022, Ranked (New #4!)
The local drafthouse ended up doing a last minute screening to honor Bogdanovich after his passing so I took the opportunity to see this for the first time. This really is a classic like everyone says & not just because it takes place in Texas. Great performances from titans of Hollywood with a somber ending that really hits home.
Damn what an ending. That got me good. I was also really impressed with the use of lighting + shadows & fire as a sort of visual component of the mystery at times. And the performances here also helped carry the mystery but I particularly enjoyed Strathairn & Jenkins’ work here. Wouldn’t have argued against more Dafoe screentime either. But at the same time, Mara, Blanchett, & Collette did their damn thing, especially Blanchett. Her work in that final act was tremendous & by…