Movieman630 has written 15 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark


    Why am I not able to give this a sixth star?

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight


    Has there been a better directed blockbuster in the last 20 years?

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman


    Fucking Hell, this one's gonna stick with me for a while.

    Promising Young Woman is a righteously angry, focused and important film, one that uses the framework of a revenge story to shine a light on a trauma that is all to common, and all to often ignored.

    The title refers to the phrase "promising young man," which is how much of the media chose to describe rapist Brock Turner. The twist of the title is very intentional, as it…

  • Minari



    Minari is further proof of why A24 is my favorite company currently in the film business. Minari is a wonderfully intimate and emotional film. Brilliant actors find deep human truths in a small scale story that never loses sight of what life is, a series of moments, some great and some terrible.

    Not much more to say. Brilliant in every way.

  • The Father

    The Father


    The Father is a fascinating experience that may actually be able to do some good in the world. Having had a grandparent who suffered from dementia, I found myself empathizing with her in a brand new way after watching this film. Director Florian Zeller expertly uses the language of film to simulate the experience of losing one's mental faculties. As such, it causes the audience to understand the anger, fear and confusion that comes with (essentially) having your own mind…

  • Nomadland



    Nomadland often feels more like a documentary than a narrative feature. Of course, the presence of Frances McDormand and David Strathairn occasionally interrupts this, but most of the film just feels like a documentary following Nomads in the modern American plains. Of course, a huge part of this is due to the casting of actual nomads as most of the supporting characters. Though none of these are professional actors, they all are able to channel their true life experiences into…

  • Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove


    One of the greatest westerns of all time. Lonesome Dove effortlessly straddles the line between recreating and deconstructing the classic western. The tone and visuals perfectly evoke the old classics, while the twists and turns of the story expose a more realistic take, one where being good isn't enough to survive.

    Augustus McCrae, played by Robert Duvall, may be the single greatest cowboy character ever created, a brilliant ranger and lawman who'd rather just drink and whore his way through…

  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night


    Well that was fantastic. The Vast of Night brilliantly takes its time in developing one of the more intriguing sci fi mysteries of recent years. Though much of what's in the film has been done before, few films have used the sheer overwhelming concept of the unknown in such a powerful way. Director Andrew Patterson shows remarkable restraint in this project. He lets the characters faces and voices tell the story and drive the mystery. In such a way, the film is not about the reveal, but rather the act of engaging in curiosity.

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane


    Not much to add to the conversation here. This film holds up very well and, in addition to being a massive technical achievement, is simply a fascinating character study.

  • Unforgiven



    Unforgiven is a masterpiece. Easily the peak of Eastwood's directing career, this film is one of the greatest examinations of the genre that has ever been put to film. The degree to which the film de-mythologizes the genre, while simultaneously telling a wonderful story set within it is unparalleled. This film is a labor of love, a reflection from somebody who spent their life working in the "old west." As such, it is one of the strongest examples of how to modernize a genre without losing what made it special.

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods


    There are few young filmmakers who have nearly the same passion and energy that Spike Lee has more than three decades into his career. Like the filmmaker's other greats, Da 5 Bloods is messy, stuffed to the brim with ideas, and a tad unfocused. Also like his other greats, he somehow makes all of those things feel like strengths, not weaknesses. This is a film that gets across many thoughts about the modern day lives of Black Americans, but it…