Alisa has written 174 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Jules and Jim

    Jules and Jim

    ★★★½

    Oh no.

    I wanted to love this and I certainly loved some things about Jules et Jim, like the beautiful dialogue and the impressive camerawork and editing. This seemed like the kind of pretentious French film that I adore and I did have an enjoyable experience overall...

    But goddamn those are some unsympathetic characters. I literally didn’t care about what would happen to any of them, especially Catherine. She is just so unlikeable to me, I spent the whole time trying to figure out why she was so admired. 

    Replace Catherine and the film would soar.

  • The Polar Express

    The Polar Express

    ★★½

    Definitely worse than I remember, the only really good things are: Tom Hanks, the lovely, nostalgic score and the occasional visually pleasing shots of the train.

  • Heathers

    Heathers

    ★★★★

    Too tired to make a proper review, but I loved this! And what better way to sum it up than by listing my favourite Heathers quotes :)

    “Fuck me gently with a chainsaw”

    “I love my dead gay son”

    “Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs, darling”

    “Veronica, why are you pulling my dick?”

    “Verona you look like hell”
    “Yeah I just got back”

    “What is your damage Heather?”

    “Greetings and salutations”

    “How very”

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★

    Although much, much shorter than Fitzcarraldo this still retained that same slow, meandering pace at parts. The endless path down the river, Kinski’s manic stares, beautiful accompanying music and the documentary-like style ties the two films together. It makes for a perfect double feature of sorts.

    But Aguirre is definitely the more action filled of the two, there are more characters, (characters we actually enjoy watching) beautiful historical costumes and references. It certainly dares to be more “punchy”, both literally and…

  • Matilda

    Matilda

    ★★★½

    This was actually really cute and lovely! I love the cinematography, and the child actors are adorable and pretty convincing. Matilda is a wonderful adaptation of a beloved classic and does what it sets out do, so kudos to Devito!

    I did think the scenes with Ms Trunchbull got a bit much towards the end, far too cartoonish and over the top to really be enjoyable. The pacing was a bit off as well, but honestly nothing that truly hindered the viewing experience!

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★★½

    I had to follow up the spectacular Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another Demy classic, and boy did it not disappoint.

    The Young Girls of Rochefort is definitely more of a “typical” musical, with elaborate, almost unnatural dance routines and song breaks. It’s nothing like the melodic dialogue of the former,
    but that doesn’t mean that this is your average, run of the mill film with singing.

    Demy manages to create such pure and utter joy on the screen, with spectacular…

  • In the Loop

    In the Loop

    ★★★½

    In the loop is very funny and has possibly the greatest compilation of insults and swear words ever put on screen. The cast is brilliant, and as a political satire it’s basically pitch perfect.

    My only issue is that it never stops feeling like either an overlong skit or an underdeveloped tv series. I never feel any sense of satisfaction or conclusion, not even slightly.

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks

    ★★★½

    Incredibly sweet and pure and happy: a rarity for the LGBTQ+ movie. It’s a simple enough story, that we’ve all seen before: a cautious first love. But what’s refreshing is that there’s never a big “coming out” scene, never any tears, even the bullying is comparatively light.

    Sometimes it’s enough for a movie to simply be lovely, and any character that has this much love for Belle and Sebastian is already a winner in my book. 

    PS. Bikes and classical music are officially gay now, no take backs.

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★★

    How could you possibly even begin to describe what might be your new favourite film? I certainly can’t seem to find any words that suit the experience I just had. 

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg isn’t a musical, but every line of dialogue is sung. There’s so much simplicity and authenticity in this and yet it’s incredibly staged and manicured to perfection. Gorgeous colours (the colours alone made me cry) and euphoria inducing music which also makes me weep now, hours…

  • Submarine

    Submarine

    ★★★

    Let me preface this by saying that I actually enjoyed this style a lot. I really like Richard Ayoade, and I do think he’s really talented. The Alex Turner soundtrack is great too, and so are Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine.

    But I sort of felt uneasy watching this. I don’t know if the characters were all unsympathetic, or that the storyline was boring. Maybe it was simply the fact that I never thought it was funny. Many compare this…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★½

    I actually didn’t expect to love this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for Wes Anderson’s style, I genuinely don’t even need there to be much of a story, the idiosyncratic pastel quirks are good enough for me. All that aside though, the plot of this didn’t intrigue me. A bunch of preteen scouts, puppy love, Bruce Willis (sorry)? That doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. 

    Yet here we are, and all those things I thought I wouldn’t…

  • Almost Famous

    Almost Famous

    ★★★★

    I knew this was going to be highly enjoyable, but I didn’t think it would be this effectively moving as well. Billy Crudup’s performance in particular is spectacular in my opinion, he perfectly adds complexity to his character. This is made even more impressive considering that most others (except William and Penny) aren’t fleshed out all.

    Although, I don’t feel like they need to be. This movie is both escapist to every degree, a “things were better back then” fantasy…