Alisa has written 95 reviews for films rated β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… .

  • Emma.

    Emma.

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    Maybe this is more of a 3.5 star film with its simple pleasantries and unimaginative retelling of the beloved Austen story. But I just can’t help but love the sugary sweet vibe and the simply divine aesthetics.

    Anya Taylor (is a) Joy and I really appreciate how funny this was, a quality that’s sorely lacking from most period dramas. Solid supporting cast, just generally a really inoffensive, fun and beautiful watch.Β 

    I am of course biased as I do love this genre.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

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    Incredibly funny, like genuinely really funny but still manages to maintain a consistent noir-tone.
    Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling have not only great chemistry together, but they both actually deliver some of their best performances ever in this.

    Fast paced, amazing action, unexpected slapstick and a sleazy 70’s feel. Runs out of steam at the very end but definitely has a high rewatchability factor, despite relying on mystery.

  • Bronson

    Bronson

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    Utterly original, with clever, exciting editing and terrific musical moments, even without Tom Hardy’s performance this would have been an interesting watch.Β 

    But add one of the top 5 greatest performances of the 21st century, and you’ve got yourself a damn good film. Short, fastpaced, a bit messy and batshit crazy, this is a wild ride from beginning to end and a perfect vehicle for Hardy.

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

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    This is obviously a terrific film, very entertaining and a groundbreaking predecessor to the modern action/adventure flick. I mean it’s Hitchcock after all, he is masterful at creating tension, suspense and thrills.Β 

    And in North by NorthwestΒ he has also given himself a break from the heavier psychological themes in some of his other work, to really flex his comedic chops. Cary Grant is of course the perfect lead actor to do so. James Bond before that was a thing, he…

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

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

    The dachshund in this movie has to be the cutest dog I have ever seen in my entire life. The most adorable little creature with those big shiny eyes.

    So you can imagine how insanely angry I was when this poor pup was brutally murdered!!??What the hell, just punch and kick Jesse Eisenberg some more, why hurt this little angel.

    Besides that, this movie was not at all what I was expecting and had an incredibly interesting and fresh tone…

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

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    β€œI’ve had a rough year, dad”
    β€œI know you have, Chassie” 

    Definitely a lot more emotional drama in this dramedy than I expected, but it really pays off towards the end. Gene Hackman is amazing and the soundtrack kicks ass.Β 

    Another Wes Anderson hit that just screams at me to rewatch it again and again and watch its rating climb higher and higher.

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Jesus Christ Superstar

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    The perfect Easter film to watch this year.Β 

    It boldly mixes the most famous story every told with the soul of the 70’s, this couldn’t have been made earlier or later. While something being a time capsule of a certain period might make it seem outdated, Jesus Christ SuperstarΒ lives on through its music.

    If you get past the absurdities that make this occasionally feel likeΒ HairΒ meets Life of Brian, you actually get an extremely well acted, thought provoking take on the…

  • Stardust

    Stardust

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    You can criticize this movie all you'd like, point out the occasionally sloppy editing, the cheesy one-liners, the fact that it could probably lose 10/15 minutes of its runtime, or some of the stranger artistic choices.

    But I'm electing to ignore all of its flaws in favor of just how insanely fun Stardust is. It holds up extremely well and looks beautiful in terms of the effects and production design (as well as the incredible cast). I mean Robert De…

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    When Harry Met Sally...

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    A less obnoxious and more straightforwardly rom-comy version of Annie Hall.

    Really don't have much to say about this, they're all incredibly charming and have great chemistry with each other. It was especially nice to see Carrie Fisher in this, she was just so warm and lovely. I just wish I had seen this in about 6 months, to get that perfect autumn atmosphere.

  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

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    Keller Dover? More like Yeller Dover, amirite?

    Sorry, this was another terrific film from Villeneuve and with stunning work from our lord and savior Roger Deakins. I can't fully explain why I didn't love this, it definitely was very consistently engaging and anything that has Jake Gyllenhaal in it will have my attention and automatic enjoyment. Maybe I felt that the underlying themes of morality and faith weren't explored to their full potential? It was quite apparent what the intent…

  • How to Steal a Million

    How to Steal a Million

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    This is a film which at its core is almost impossible to mess up. It stars Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole and is set in Paris in the 1960s. And not just that, but Audrey wears her stunning Givenchy wardrobe while planning and executing an art-heist with her partner in crime (and everything else). Plenty of witty zingers, one-liners, and sass as well as dramatic eyeliner and beautiful convertibles.

    Just a perfectly executed, simple concept that only had one thing to do, did it exceptionally well, and contributed with absolutely nothing else.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

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    Palm Springs? More like Palm Sprightlier than anything else I've seen from the past two years, even though it's based on a concept that should feel stale and overdone.

    Andy Samberg, as always, is incredible, but here he actually shines as a believable rom-com lead with a surprisingly affecting performance. Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons and everyone else makes for such an entertaining experience that it almost makes you want to spend an eternity with them. And not just in the…