Migo has written 15 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2020.

  • Isa Pa, with Feelings

    Isa Pa, with Feelings

    ★★★½

    this one really surprised me as i’m not a big fan of romantic movies. there were some cheesy scenes here and there but the screenplay was intelligently written. the cinematography and score were also top notch. there were aesthetics with the color palettes and featured surprisingly strong chemistry and performances from the 2 leads. it had a lot of symbolism from the start to finish which shows us the power of love despite one’s differences. it also gives a simple message: those suffering from physical disabilities don’t want your pity, all they want is your understanding.

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★½

    didn’t expect much coming in but this is a fine thriller. it hooks you right from the first scene and it seems like it doesn’t stop. there were some suspense scenes that took too long, as well as some noticable loopholes but it will all make sense. i’ve been a fan of elisabeth moss since “mad men” and she was amazing in this one, i really got the “gone girl” vibes.

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★½

    like “atonement”, it follows the same formula of how an innocent lie can truly change someone’s life. it didn’t have the aesthetics of that movie but they’re on the same level in terms of filmmaking. i was annoyed at the first half, i was asking myself if this was all the film had. the second half had a lot of raw and emotional scenes, as well as a subtle ending with so much symbolism. i can even say it’s one of the most memorable ending shots i’ve seen. mads mikkelsen is a fine actor and he shined again here.

  • The Call

    The Call

    ★★★½

    a pretty damn good concept with fine acting especially the girl who lives in the past. i didn’t expect much as this was a netflix original which i don’t really trust in making good movies. i felt the ending was good but fell kinda flat after all the anticipated build up. i love korean thrillers and it really deserves as much or more credit than korean dramas.

  • Gossip

    Gossip

    ★★★½

    i remember watching this in college for my social psychology class, i remember liking it so i gave it a shot again now. it’s not as good as i remember it but it’s still a quality film with a twist. it also has alot of symbolism with how people view gossip and how it can go too far. i also think it has aged well, especially nowadays with social media affecting teenagers’ anxiety and the spread of fake news.

  • Across the Universe

    Across the Universe

    ★★★½

    if you’re a beatles fan like me, i think it’s a good idea to go and watch this! some of the covers were pretty bad but they are covers after all. i thought the movie was visually stunning with the hipster culture of LSD and colorful outfits. i found the plot pretty unique combining a musical in the midst of a revolution, i think it shows how powerful music really is in times of peril. this movie had a pretty lackluster first half but i think the second half made up for it, a quality musical.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★½

    pretty hard to dislike a movie like this, just pure fun from the start. it’s pretty much groundhog day with mixtures of comedy and science so it was intriguing. i liked how they did the scenes from the point of view of the 2 characters, it really helped connect the stories. this was a very refreshing watch.

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    ★★★½

    didnt expect much even with all the acclaim, thought it would just be a feel good family flick. it turns out this movie had some deep symbolism and i can name a number of different scenes. whether it be the family dancing at the end of the paegant, their emotions when pushing the car at the start of the movie as compared to the end and how family is the most important thing in time of crisis. the movie gives a good message while still managing to be entertaining, well worthy of the oscar nod.

  • Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poets Society

    ★★★½

    amazing movie and really shows the importance of a great teacher. a great teacher will give you lessons that can be applied  outside the classroom, and doesn’t necessarily have to conform to the norms of the school. i can’t imagine anyone else playing keating besides robin williams and obviously he was great in this. i’ve always been a fan of literature and they portrayed beautifully how this can be used as self expression. i’m not sure if this movie has aged the best, i found some scenes kind of cheesy with the zoom ins and music for this rewatch.

  • 50 First Dates

    50 First Dates

    ★★★½

    a really feel good movie and as a psych major, i enjoyed the concept of short term memory. kinda reminded me a bit of “ghost” that shows you can have a unique concept even in a love story. great shots of hawaii too.

  • The Founder

    The Founder

    ★★★½

    pretty good movie, some of the spills and advertising dialogues made me think i was watching an episode of mad men. i loved the particular scene when the 2 brothers were telling the mcdonald’s story.

  • Click

    Click

    ★★★½

    a surprisingly good family flick with hints of drama + life lessons. almost gave up in the 1st half but the 2nd half was really well done. i think this was a great concept that could have been way better as a drama than a family
    comedy.