thelilyankee has written 16 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2019.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★½

    This movie affects you in a way that makes it physically painful to experience, but in a good way.

    There’s nothing left to said about Joaquin Phoenix mesmerizing performance in this film. This man deserves an oscar.

    I love the soundtrack. It’s tragic and emotional. One of the best music score I’ve heard in a while. 

    The movie is depressing, it’s dark, and it’s dirty, but it’s also poetic and beautiful at the same time. Storytelling at its finest. Do yourself a favor and go see this movie.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    This movie is not going to make you feel good. 
    Filled with an overarching, all-consuming darkness that lingers even after it’s over, 

    Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a unique and deeply affecting film that’s worth watching... even if only once.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★½

    One of those very few films that actually leave marks in my head. That third act is just fucking insane.

    The methapors are heavy, I haven’t seen any of the previous director’s work but he obviously obsessed with the occult. I loved it.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Parasite, just like other Bong Joon Ho movies, crosses over different genres with relative ease.

    As a film about a family imposing on another, and keeping dark secrets hidden beneath the surface, this movie achieves what Jordan Peele set out to do with Us : tell a multi-layered story in a widely entertaining manner. And yes, it’s done masterfully well!

    Which one do you prefer 
    Parasite or Burning?

  • Black Mirror: Smithereens

    Black Mirror: Smithereens

    ★★★★½

    Probably the lightest episode of Black Mirror, but this is the most emotional I’ve ever got from the series.

    Most of the Black Mirror episodes is placed in the future. This one takes place in 2018. It’s a 100% real episode about today’s social network, people’s struggles and consequences, it’s the scariest and more dramatical episode I’ve seen in this show.

    Maybe it’s time that we look up from our cellphone screens and up to the sky? Maybe it is even purple.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★½

    Not for the people who need movies to spoon-fed them. But if you like your film noir a bit more easy to digest, then this flick will keep your brain occupied for days.

    There are no amazing sets, no spectacular scenery, no standout performances. Everyone and everything is swallowed by the story entirely.

  • Capernaum

    Capernaum

    ★★★★½

    #29

    This is one of the most raw, real, and brutal film that gives you the misery of this world in the face. Everyone needs to watch this.

    Such a great performance from the lead boy.

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★½

    Just to remind me of some stuff before Endgame

  • Love, Death & Robots: Sonnie's Edge

    Love, Death & Robots: Sonnie's Edge

    ★★★★½

    The animation is unbelievably gorgeous. The beastie fight was awesome and a few unexpected surprises that caught me off guard. Amazing! I’m excited to see the rest of this series.


    You won’t care :
    Since my semester break is coming near, starting from the 1st of April, I’ll be doing the 100 movie challenge, where I will try to watch one-hundred movies I haven’t seen, from any genres, in 3 months period, and make a review for each.

    I’ve tried it once between December to February but ended up only watching 78. So I decided to give it another try. Feel free to join me!

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    This movie is a piece of art. Very much different from the original and this is definitely much better.

    The original is basically style over content. This one had both! The dancing became an important ritual and something very disturbing.

    It's rare to see such a bold film nowadays when most movies are only thinking of commercial blockbusters. I can see why some people didn't like it but I think it was a masterpiece.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    First act : brings us to the gates of hell
    Second act : pushes us in and slams the gates shut behind us.

    This is an insane heavy-metal arthouse film, unique but entertaining at the same level. One of the most artistically crazy movie I have ever seen.

    Not a movie for everyone, there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll actually like it.

  • Fruitvale Station

    Fruitvale Station

    ★★★★½

    Fruitvale Station ultimately opens with its ending. The tragedy unfolds with real footage recorded by witnesses on their cell phones during the event, in which I thought was a clever way to maintained the suspense throughout the whole movie.

    The film, as a whole, works but not for storytelling. This is a film that has great performances and that keeps it above average on many levels. If there was anyone else playing these roles, especially Jordan’s, I feel as if…