Movieman630 has written 16 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2021.

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    A fun musical that passionately details the highs and lows of the creative process. Andrew Garfield keeps the whole thing running, and there's a real sense of fun to the story. There are many aspects that feel formulaic, and no one song really stands out from the rest, but it's still a good time.

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall is brimming with style, while not forgetting to tell an interesting story with strong characters. A true ensemble action piece, the casting of some of today's strongest actors into the roles of real life cowboys proves to be a masterstroke. We are instantly engrossed into this tale of crime and vengeance in a more wild time.

    The film is directed and scored with fascinating flourish by Jeymes Samuel, in his directorial debut. Admittedly, the narrative isn't…

  • Scrooge

    Scrooge

    A very fun Christmas Musical. Albert Finney is having a blast and the visuals and music are solid.

  • Mother

    Mother

    Another great film by Bong Joon-Ho. He is a master of exciting stories about realistic people. His sense of character and grounding is powerful, and he manages twists that feel natural and exciting. Mother is entertaining and gripping and surprising all at once.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho is a film that starts very strong and ends very strong, albeit it doesn’t always know how to go from A to B. The films middle section is very well made and acted, but seems a bit scattered. That said, the movie itself still works very well. It is absolutely gorgeous, with Edgar Wright showing his mastery of craft. It’s a more serious film than he usually makes, but it works well.

    The performances help in…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    Skyfall is a very good film that manages to effectively showcase some of the best aspects of Craig's version of James Bond, while also showing signs of the things that would go wrong in Spectre. The film's biggest masterstroke was in hiring Sam Mendes, an Oscar winning artistic filmmaker, to helm this film. Mendes brings with him a larger sense of scale and importance than the series had ever had before. Everything in Skyfall feels big and serious. At times,…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    Like the rest of the Craig era of Bond there are two stories that the filmmakers try to marry to each other: the story of Bond the person, and the story of Bond the spy. As far as the former goes, No Time to Die is probably the most effective. It's clear that the filmmakers are far more focused on who Craig's bond is and could be than it is on the standard world-threatening plot. As such, we get an…

  • Titane

    Titane

    It's hard to talk about this film without spoiling it. What I will say is that it's an aggressively unique and creative story that is taken very seriously by the entire cast. Strong filmmaking means that it should be seen by those who can stomach it, though it is a very uncomfortable and disturbing film.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi definitely ranks on the upper tier of MCU films. Though it follows some familiar beats, the film does have, to some degree at least, a tone and feel of its own. The film wears its martial arts influences on its sleeve, giving the action and the story a unique feel within the marvel universe. The stunts are excellent, while the camerawork does a great job of ensuring clarity, even with how fast paced the action can get. Though the…

  • The Piano

    The Piano

    The Piano is a gorgeous and very well crafted film that suffers a bit from the changing waters of time. For the year it came out, it's a wonderful tale with a complicated and fascinating protagonist. For the modern day, the film's romance gives a bit of a feeling of stockholm syndrome. (It is notable that the film's director never intended for the movie to be explicitly feminist, she was just telling a story she wanted to tell)

    Holly Hunter's…

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    PROS
    Excellent cast, all delivering strong, yet subtle performances.

    A film that excellently gets across a message about opportunity inequality without feeling preachy.

    A fun storyline with some truly great twists and turns.

    Soderbergh's direction is not showy, but still solidly keeps the film entertaining and flowing.

    CONS
    The narrative is fairly hard to follow, even at the end it's not totally clear how some characters were able to manipulate events.

    VERDICT
    This is a solid crime thriller that manages…

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    In the Heights rises above many other musicals due to its embracing of the medium of film. The film uses editing, cinematography and effects in creative ways to properly adapt the stage musical for the screen. This gives the film a sense of energy and fun during the musical sequences.

    The film also tells a nice story of embracing and accepting who you are and where you come from. The film does start to peter out a bit in the…