kelpiez has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Marianne and Juliane

    Marianne and Juliane

    ★★★★½

    This film portrays sisterhood through the eyes of females and does not pander to the male gaze whatsoever. The women undressing are doing it for each other or for themselves, never for the beauty of what they are doing. Normality is presented as nothing more than itself here, which is an entirely refreshing break from the spectacle Holywood makes of it all. Looking back at the German past through the lens of two sisters fighting for women’s rights in strictly opposing…

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★½

    Not only is it cinematically brilliant, with beautifully shot scenes and wonderful and moving performances from both Chiwetel Ejiofor and the excellent Lupita Nyong’O, but it also does not shy away from the brutality and reality of white on black racism. 
    It mercilessly holds us accountable for our history and I am here for it. Lingering shots and unsettling diegetic sound turns this film into a stagnant, yet extremely powerful and dignified presentation of a man’s struggle against his fellow…

  • Repentance

    Repentance

    ★★★★½

    I watched this film three times in the space of a week and studied it meticulously for an essay, but this did not actually put me off at all. If anything, Repentance is one of those films I could rewatch countless times and still find new things about it to fall in love with again each time. 
    Abuladze’s surrealism is so crucial to film in years to come and draws subtly upon many of his predecessors such as Buñuel.
    Makharadze…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    Another chilling work from Aster, who relishes in the writhing of his audience and characters. The camera waits and watches the main cast’s every move like a predator throughout and you just know that something bad will happen despite the extremely beautiful cinematography and bleached out colour-palette.
    The character of Dani is a dark and very real representation of manifesting trauma, and the surreal and horrific situation Aster thrusts her into only exemplifies this. I would say that the film…