Migo has written 18 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2020.

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★½

    an artistic and stylish movie with brilliant story telling. the acting, visual cues, symbolism and pace were all great. the ending was a bit underwhelming but i get what it was trying to show, i just expected a bit more with the back story of the characters. it’s still a good movie on revenge between a romantic and a realist.

  • In Bruges

    In Bruges

    ★★★★½

    i’m not wild with black comedies but the storytelling was just too good. i thought ralph fiennes was brilliant and helped set the tone for a really good second half. the scenery, acting and direction were all on point, it’s a classic that i’ll remember for a long time.

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

    i loved how it depicted the frantic lifestyle in hong kong and connect it to the plot, the transition to the second story showed this. like all wong kar-wai films, the cinematography was once again superb and all the actors were charming; faye wong stole the show whenever she was on screen. i thought the connection of the flight attendants and “california” were a bit forced and the ending isn’t as memorable as his other films. still, this is a stone cold classic that represents what exactly falling in love looks like.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    i love music. i can even make a case that i love music more than i love movies. in this case, this movie really affected me as i was imagining if i was in the shoes of the character. music was his life and now he has to get accustomed to a world in silence. personally, if i were to keep one thing from my body it would be my ears just so i could listen to music. riz ahmed…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★½

    a gorgeous movie. i loved the whole 50s vibe with the holiday theme, music and wardrobe. a simple story with flawless execution and sublime acting by the 2 leads. i loved the themes of unrequited love and homosexuality being tackled, especially in that era. i thought the whole foreshadowing in the start and end was done brilliantly, it made for a great ending.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    visually stunning and an example of what cinema should be. it is a slowburn and i loved how they incorporated the notion that actions speak louder than words. the 2 leads were amazing and the minimum dialogue of the movie was actually okay since we could see how their love began to arise. whether it be the touch of their hands or a flicker in the hair, the movie did a good job in building the sexual tension which a…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★½

    happy “mank” day! first thoughts: i’m VERY glad i took the time to watch citizen kane, you can still enjoy this movie even if you haven’t but you’ll be missing a lot of the key elements. i don’t even consider this as a standalone movie as fincher directed it in a way that completely resonates “citizen kane”. the lights, the sound, the credits at the start; it was all very similar. we see exactly how mank got inspiration for it…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    one of the classiest films you’ll see. it’s also one of the most intriguing period movies i’ve encountered. it’s quite experimental as it had some scenes that were pretty daring, that the older generation may squint on. the acting of the 3 ladies really shined here, rachel weisz was the one that surprised me the most. it had quirky dialogue and a score that matched with the setting of the movie. i think it shows how much we sacrifice for power and in the process, we may end up losing ourselves; i loved this symbolism in the ending.

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★½

    one of the weirdest yet enjoyable movie experiences i’ve had in awhile. it’s a complex movie to understand with a pace that seemed longer than 1 hr and 27 mins. jake gyllenhall delivered here playing both anthony and adam, two people with almost opposite personalities. i really got the “eyes wide shut” vibe as it tackled themes of choices and vices. these are scenes in how the 2 personalities will deal with sex, pregnancy, infidelity (in the form of a spider). it wasn’t the best execution but this is my 2nd favorite film of villeneuve after arrival.

  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    ★★★★½

    why am i writing this review? why do i have a letterboxd account? well, it’s because i love cinema. watching this again just made me reminisce when i was younger and how cinema helped mold me into who i am today. it taught me so much valuable lessons and it helped me whenever i was feeling down. i remember renting out VCDs, buying DVDs and now we have more access than ever before. cinema is powerful and it transcends themes…

  • The Graduate

    The Graduate

    ★★★★½

    the first half was perfect, it had great acting, dialogue and the whole vibe of the movie was impossible to dislike. the second half really slowed down for me, and it seems like this movie has 2 parts. there’s even the exact scene in where this transition happens as the screen just goes black after ben and mrs robinson’s argument. overall, this is obviously a classic and a movie that you can watch again and again. the soundtrack was iconic and this movie in general is iconic for good reason.

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    ★★★★½

    this film makes me wish i was a teen in the 80s, just fun all throughout! the music, the outfits, the themes of sex, drugs and rock n roll.