Alisa has written 63 reviews for films rated β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½ .

  • Little Women

    Little Women

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    Christopher Columbus! This film is just capital!Β 

    And I just remembered how much I love Beth, sure Jo is the main character but Beth is the anchor of not just the family but the entire story. She is the kind light that guides them and is played perfectly by Eliza Scanlen.

  • The Green Ray

    The Green Ray

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    I can’t even begin to describe how refreshing it was to watch this. While there’s nothing reallyΒ new here to be found, I have never felt so invigorated as I did after finishing this.Β 

    Sure, the main character, Delphine, annoyed me constantly with her emotional disposition and seemingly pointless problems. But then I realised that my annoyance was merely a product of self-recognition. The traits within her that I hated are the ones I dislike about myself. That was a revelation…

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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    The 4 main characters: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and Ennio Morricone’s legendary score.

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

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    No clue why Kim Basinger won Best Actress for her role, even though I definitely liked her in this, nothing shone.Β 

    But I really really enjoyed this, much more than I had anticipated. Love the noir-feel and although there’s no subversion of the genre, it’s perfectly paced and contains some great performances.

    Really easy and thrilling to watch with twists that are unexpected but never unnecessary.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

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    Pretty much a perfect movie, and an incredibly influential and memorable one at that.

    The only thing that lets it down a bit on a rewatch is the animation itself (the humans and the dog), perhaps one unnecessary Randy Newman song and Woody being just a smidge too much of a jerk at first.

    Everything else has aged exceptionally well, not just as a film, but as a piece of nostalgia for practically every child out there. Short, sweet and spectacular.

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

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    β€œ I don't shut up. I grow up. And when I look at you, I throw up”

    God this was so unexpectedly heartfelt and gave me a painful rush of nostalgia. I have no emotional ties to the 50s or 80. But watching this made me feel like I fell asleep under a tree during a sweltering summer and was thrown back to my childhood.

    River Phoenix was a shining star, and everything in this felt so raw and vulnerable…

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird

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    To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic film adaptation of a classic novel, an excellently executed way of bringing the iconic and important story to the screen. Gregory Peck is perfectly cast, he embodies Atticus Finch, he is Atticus Finch. And while he is our hero, and is given the attention and respect that he as a character deserves, Robert Mulligan stayed true to the book and focused on the kids. It's seeing it from the perspective of the children…

  • Notorious

    Notorious

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    Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant looking beautiful. Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant riding on horses. Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant standing on a balcony in Rio. Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant day-drinking. Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant passionately kissing. Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant casting longing glances at each other.

    What more could you possibly want? Oh, and it's also got superb characterization, a thrilling, romantic storyline with real drama, and the trademark Hitchock-style.

  • The King of Comedy

    The King of Comedy

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    This is a near-perfect film if you ask me, it might even be Scorcese's smartest and/or funniest.

    With an absolute showstopper of a performance from De Niro (and a terrific supporting cast) you really start to believe this character, Rupert Pupkin and the world that he has created for himself. Even though Pupkin doesn't understand rules and limitations, is forceful and inappropriate, he is never cruel. And you genuinely root for his success, especially seeing his fantasies of guesting and…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

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    I feel like trying to explain or somehow analyze this film in a somewhat objective manner almost goes against its very nature. If I tried understanding and dissecting what I just watched I might just grow to hate it, and I really don't want to ruin the frankly unique emotion that I just felt.

    As Charlie Kaufman himself put it in an interview: "The whole point of writing something is to have people experience this. Saying this means this or…

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

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    I'm not going to lie, halfway into Taxi Driver I was completely ready to cast this aside as another insanely popular, overrated and overhyped classic that I had somehow managed to avoid watching for a long time.

    Sure, I wasn't going to deny the amazing jazz soundtrack, the beautiful mutedly colored cinematography, young De Niro's perfect performance or the overall eerie mood created by the grimy New York backdrop. But nothing about the story or the characters moved me or…

  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

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    Ambitious concept and themes that could have very easily failed in the hands of almost any director. But lucky for us (and the cinematic canon) the director is none other than the masterful Wim Wenders which makes the end result an astoundingly impactful experience.

    This is a very German film, and the city of Berlin is definitely the main character. Based around the philosophy of existentialism, it covers the simple joys and the heart-wrenching sorrows of humanity, all through the…