Alisa has written 58 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    ★★★½

    This is certainly a bit bloated and I agree that it lacks some nuance and much-needed tonal changes, but it's hard to deny the visceral impact that this film has. When something is so determined, direct, and unyielding, it forces you to give your utmost attention to the story being shown on screen. And while the dialogue might not be the hero of the moment, it does escape some of the predictable cheese that you come to expect from war-related…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    ★★★½

    Make Song Kang-ho the main lead and give Tilda Swinton more screentime you goddamn cowards!

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★½

    Not as good as it could have been but still a really fresh, exhilarating ride. The beginning is really promising, the is middle definitely a bit lacklustre but the ending is just pure and fun chaos. If you watch this with an open mind and some knowledge of the horror genre you will have a great time!

  • Antoine and Colette

    Antoine and Colette

    ★★★½

    Short and sweet, this serves as a good update into Antoine’s life, and I’m certainly happy that he’s doing much better (apart from his girl troubles of course).

    Pretty inconsequential but also really charming!

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This film contained everything that I love about Quentin Tarantino but also everything that I hate, some of his worst tendencies. Dividing the story into chapters really showcase the highs and lows for me, and while the highs are exceptionally high, they never quite make up for the lows.

    It sounds perfect on paper, a western-style revenge fantasy with Agatha Christie twists, absolutely gorgeous cinematography and Ennio Morricone (!) creating the beautiful score. Stylistically, it’s probably the best looking and…

  • Moonstruck

    Moonstruck

    ★★★½

    This whole movie is just one giant Italian mess. 

    And it’s absolutely glorious! Cher! Nick Cage! Snap out of it! I lost my hand! I lost my bride!

    I can understand not thinking this is a great movie, but I could never understand not enjoying every little cheesy piece of mozzarella, ricotta and parmigiano-reggiano

  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park

    ★★★½

    The biggest lie told about this film is that it’s a whodunnit, classic murder mystery. This is nothing like Clue, Knives Out or any Agatha Christie adaptations. And if you accept that, you may actually find yourself truly enjoying this satirical take on class relations in early 20th century England. 

    No review of Gosford Park can ignore the power of the assembled cast. Every British powerhouse is in this (and Ryan Philippe) and it’s impressive how well they all interact with each…

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    ★★★½

    Even though I agree with many who state that this could be a play, I actually think there are some clever moments which utilise the medium effectively. Such as the brief flashbacks that Steve Jobs get in the middle of a conversation, those can only be done through film. 

    But overall, everything rests on the great performances by the cast and the eternally witty, perfectly pompous dialogue from Aaron Sorkin. I can’t say that I was ever truly immersed or…

  • Midnight in Paris

    Midnight in Paris

    ★★★½

    This was kind of a pleasant watch? I mean the cinematography is so nice! And I will always be a sucker for Paris and the (cheap) gimmick of historical character cameos. 

    Sure, everyone is pretentious and annoying, just because Woody Allen isn’t playing the lead role himself doesn’t make it any less obvious that this is a self-insert fantasy for him. The “message” has to be quite literally spelled out by Woody Allen, though how it could possibly fly over anyone’s head is beyond me.

    But still, this is just an easy, lighthearted movie and a beautiful ode to Paris. Maybe just put it on mute?

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★½

    In a movie about a man becoming friends (lovers?) with a farting, multi-purpose corpse, the most unrealistic thing is the absolutely insane battery life on his phone.

    But yeah, if you can get past the sheer absurdity and uncomfortably crude first minutes, you are welcomed into a charming, clever and completely unique world. Two great performances and consistently entertaining and subverting your expectations, make this a must-watch for anyone open minded. Low brow for the high brow crowd.

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    While this doesn't live up to its full potential because of the somewhat ugly and messy action and a fairly shoddy third act, this was still much better than I had anticipated. Edge of Tomorrow is a really clever addition (and twist) to the time-loop and alien invasion genres.

    And you can never go wrong with a thousand scenes of Tom Cruise running around in an action-packed atmosphere, especially when he gets killed in practically every single one.

  • The Others

    The Others

    ★★★½

    The thing is, The Others is a really good movie. It expertly pulls of this eerie atmosphere all the way to the end, and really manages to create something scary without jumpscares, gore or unnecessarily dramatic music. 

    I went to bed really enjoying this and rating it highly. But upon waking up this morning, I just felt nothing and failed to remember half of it. This is something that excels at forcing you to be there in the moment, to feel tense and captivated. But apart from that it feels quite shallow and doesn’t leave much of an impression.