kev11_79 has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2021.

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Roma takes the viewer into the life of Cleo, a maid who works for a wealthy family in Mexico. Initially, everything seems to be fine and the family is portrayed as a happy, loving, and cohesive unit. However, as the story unfolds, the family starts to unravel and so does Cleo's personal life. Roma is ultimately a tragic story that happens in the midst of political turmoil in the country. In this film, anything that can go wrong does go wrong. For example,…

  • I Still Hide to Smoke

    I Still Hide to Smoke

    ★★★★★

    À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer is a feminist film that focusses on the women of a community in Algeria. They live in a country that is in turmoil where terrorist attacks are common and the water frequently goes out. Also this is a country where women face both political and social discrimination. The bath house acts as a sort of safe haven that shelters the women from the craziness and harsh reality of the world they live…

  • The Phantom of Liberty

    The Phantom of Liberty

    ★★★★★

    Le fantôme de la liberté is a film with a nontraditional narrative form. This film constantly jumps from one plot arc to another where the setting and characters change drastically and there is little if any relation to the previous arc. For example, the film establishes this pattern in the opening minutes. The first scene of the movie takes place in 1800's France in a war torn environment. The film then cuts to a lady reading a story. It turns…

  • Black Girl

    Black Girl

    ★★★★★

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

    The film La noire de takes us into the mind of Diouana, an African girl who moved to France to work as a maid. This film gives us insight into what Diouana is thinking and explores her feelings of isolation and contempt for her boss. The film primarily takes place at the house in France where Diouana works. Throughout the film, Diouana states that she feels trapped and all she knows about France is the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. This…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

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

    I had heard of Moonlight before but this was my first time ever sitting down and watching it. One aspect of the movie that I really liked were the time skips from childhood to high school and from high school to adulthood. This concept was interesting because it kept things fresh while also allowing us to see how Chiron developed over the years. Each time there was a time skip, it had me intrigued on how the other characters were…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

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

    I am going to focus on the mise-en-scene of the film, and the lighting specifically. I thought this film used lighting very effectively which is impressive considering this was made in the early years of color films. One thing that grabbed my attention was that the film used vibrant colors all throughout the duration of the movie. For example, the character's clothes were bright and colorful, the main character's blue eyes really popped out, and the sky and ocean looked…