Mockingjack has written 61 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★★½

    Beautiful and somber. Gyllenhaal and Mulligan are a dream pairing, and both are Oscar worthy. Young Ed Oxenbould is terrific and captivating beyond his years. Paul Dano knocked his directional debut out of the park, and this screenplay is truly magnificent. The framing of the locations is gorgeous as well. 
    It’s a slow burn movie that earns our attention gradually, and every minute is rewarding.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    Not at all what I expected and I mean that in the best way possible. I love how macabre and somber the film is, while still conveying so much humanity and compassion. Nicholas Cage hasn’t been this level good in awhile. Alex Wolff is a very rewarding side character as well. The beautiful cinematography and color schemes are stunning, and the direction is magnificent. I only wish this film didn’t use the shakey camera technique so much, it didn’t feel necessary at all. And yet, I don’t feel it detracted from the quality of the film. Truly, a stunning display of talent and humanity.

  • Election

    Election

    ★★★★½

    Hands down one of the best high school movies of all time. Reese Witherspoon is truly a force of nature here. The excellent timing behind the direction and the symbolism are just divine. Matthew Broderick is a great foil to Witherspoon as well. 
    Truly I’m in shock I hadn’t seen this film before. It’s phenomenal.

  • The Birdcage

    The Birdcage

    ★★★★½

    God I miss Robin Williams… 

    This film is such a delight. This is how straight actors play queer in films and it’s not offensive. The performances are superb, especially Williams, Dianne Weist and Nathan Lane. The sets are to die for, the chemistry is off the charts and the humor actually makes me belly laugh. 
    My one tiny complaint is the ending feels a bit rushed and the motivation of the son character is a bit muddled. I would’ve also liked the Senator to have a bit more consequence. But this film is just a slice of heaven anyway.

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★★½

    I really believe this film is a modern classic. The contemporary take on the wealthy couldn’t come at a better time. Samara Weaving should be the next big thing in Hollywood. The story is fun and campy, while being a serious horror flick. I love this film so much

  • Blue Steel

    Blue Steel

    ★★★★½

    Jamie Lee Curtis once again prices shes one of the finest actresses of her generation. She’s tense, tough and letter perfect. She hits all the right notes and is able to expand her character well beyond the script dialogue. 
    The direction by Kathryn Bigelow is what great thrillers are made of. She’s able to make such a gripping environment that feels as gritty as it looks. She doesn’t waste time and uses the genre very effectively.
    There aren’t many thrillers like this one anymore and I think that’s sad. This one is pretty grand and with Jamie Lee Curtis you just can’t go wrong.

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★½

    Oh wow, talk about anxiety inducing! But honestly, this is a modern masterpiece. The performances are all fantastic, particularly the leading woman. The situation is universal, especially for young people and the score is brilliant. It also makes efficient use of its runtime, and it’s climax is perfect. There’s a lot of impressive work in the direction and screenplay, this creative force is going far!

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

    What I love about Tortoro is it’s simplicity. It’s a delightful showcase of animation, with a gorgeous score. It’s childlike wonder is so soothing, and the attention to detail in animation is stunning. It’s just a superb film that is so melodic and peaceful.

  • The Conjuring 2

    The Conjuring 2

    ★★★★½

    As sold of a sequel as horror sequels can be. It further explores the main two characters, give more chills and thrills, and ups the scares multiple times. Best of all this film gets the twists down Pat. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farminga are great in These roles. There’s maybe a bit of CGI with the crooked man that feels out of place, but otherwise this sequel is great.

  • The Conjuring

    The Conjuring

    ★★★★½

    After seeing this movie at least ten times now, it holds up still very well. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farminga are utter perfection in these roles, they make the franchise what it is. The scares are real, and it’s able to transcend the tulle haunted house tropes. The score is very unsettling and the young performers are great. Everything about these movements still works so well, and the fact it’s based on true events makes it all the better.

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★½

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

    The rare horror sequel that is on par with its predecessor and expands and elevates the story! John Krasinski further proofs he has raw talent as a director and should be given more work. Emily Blunt is once again a dynamic leading lady that gives everything, every time she’s on screen. Millicent Simmons also proves she’s a gifted young performer again and again. 
    What I love about this story is the evolution of the young characters. After the traumatizing events…

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★½

    A quiet place no doubt is a modern horror classic. It’s originality speaks for itself, and after experiencing a real pandemic, the film only has aged better. John Krasinksi handles the directing duties so well, making full use of the 90 min runtime and creating an atmosphere so scary, the audience doesn’t dare speak. 
    The young cast are all phenomenal, but Emily Blunt is pure Oscar worthy. Everything she does here is just amazing and further shows what a brilliant actress she is. 
    I love this movie, it will live on as a classic for horror fans.