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

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★★

    i watched this is in high school as it was recommended by our professor, i liked it but didn’t care much for it. on this rewatch, it blew me away. the opening scene is one of the best openings i’ve seen in cinema which really got me hooked. after that, i felt there were too much storylines going on which was confusing at first. the length also made you feel uneasy in some portions. the best scene was when they…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    i forgot how much i loved this movie. daniel plainview is one of my favorite characters of all time and DDL’s performance here is one of the best as well. this felt like a tarantino movie with the mixtures of violence and comedy, it’s really hard to pick a favorite from PTA’s work: he’s that good.

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★★

    this is only the 2nd bong joon-ho i’ve watched and i’m bound to watch more. i love his way of directing that changes the mood and theme from the first to the second half. the first half felt like a buddy cop movie with all the comedy, the second turned into a crime drama with powerful character development. the final scene in the rain plus the time lapse were so well done and it says so much. watching this just gave me all the “zodiac” vibes and they are definetely top tier movies in this genre.

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★★

    since “in the mood for love” is one of my favorite films, i decided to start a double feature of wong kar-wai films starting with this. this movie is a pure example of cinema as an art form. i can’t even describe it: the wide angle shots, the close ups, the shots of hong kong, the music; it honestly felt hypnotic. it had themes of love, family and time and how we should always treasure it, it also featured one of the more satisfying endings i’ve witnessed. this film is so caleidoscopic with it’s trippy color palettes and it sure felt like a drug.

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    my second park chan-wook film is another 5 stars! it was a hard feat but i slightly liked this more than “oldboy”. it really compares to “parasite” with the themes of con artistry and power. i may be exaggerating but i think this film is almost on the same level. it had brilliant storytelling, cinematography and acting. i held out watching this for so long cause i thought it would just be a full blown “erotica”, it proved to be so much more.

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    as a fan of minblowing twists and reveals, how have i not watched this? if you can stand the gore and the lousy 2003 effects, this is a must watch. not to give anything away but i loved the story and build up. the fight scene that featured one take and the score were also highlights. i also liked the ending as i think it explores a lot on the psyche of a man. i loved it and now i’m on to my next park chan-wook film.

  • Adaptation.

    Adaptation.

    ★★★★★

    charlie kaufmann is one of my favorite directors and this is probably his work that i relate with the most. as a writer myself, i can completely relate with what he went through in this screenplay. there are times in which you feel like going crazy, you feel less sociable and you’re basically a different person. this movie was just brilliantly made all around with a stellar cast and ending. this remains one of my favorites and i’ll never stop raving about it.

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    simply put, the greatest examination of human emotion that was ever put on screen. it’s a really heavy viewing experience but a very powerful one. it gives a message that the persona we assume is merely a mask to cover our fear and insecurities, both elizabeth and alma play a role in the psyche. both are needed regardless of how incompatible, this is shown in the ending. after watching it, it really affected me to a point that i had…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    i figured if there was ever a time that i’d sit back and watch “citizen kane”, it would be before “mank” was released. i’m not the biggest cinephile out there and perhaps the oldest movie i’ve seen before this was “12 angry men” which i loved. i watched this with a lot of discomfort because i’m not used to watching movies this old. the cinematography combined with the lights and sounds made you wonder how they were able to pull…

  • Thelma & Louise

    Thelma & Louise

    ★★★★★

    an incredible tale of friendship! i never gave this a shot since i just thought it would be some road movie but it was all that and more. It was funny, exciting and clever. it had some great shots of the grand canyons and you almost felt like you were part of their adventure. the last 30 minutes or so was completely different from the vibe of the whole movie, and i was left stunned in a good way. the…

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★★

    this is one of the best movies i’ve ever seen. it shocks me that this doesn’t get as much recognition it deserves. this was tarantino’s most intimate work combined with his trademark dialogue, violence and character formation. it reminded me of “boogie nights” with the shots of california and the outfits. i honestly didn’t expect a whole lot but wow am i glad to have seen this, just 2 hours of brilliance.

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★★

    just goes to show that you don’t need cheesy scenes nor sex scenes to create a great romantic movie. a story of two lost souls coming across each other while out of their home. It had great aesthetics of japan and it gives me the melancholy vibes of “her” and “in the mood for love” with the spontaniety of “before sunrise”. i agree there were some boring scenes but this is how romantic movies should be made.