The Oscar Expert has written 28 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    SPENCER features a stunning, transformative lead perfomance from Kristen Stewart. Greenwood's score and Mathon's cinematography are beautiful. Though a little repetitive in its messaging, it's a focused, distressing portrait of a constrained soul yearning for autonomy.

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  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★★

    Anchored by Chastain’s empathetic, deeply committed performance, The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a consistently enjoyable, kitschy, funny, and occasionally moving biopic.

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    Dune absolutely delivers the thrill and spectacle you were hoping for. It sounds and looks spectacular, and Villeneuve’s methodical pacing makes it feel all the more grand. Beautiful world building! The downside is it is not all that deep or thought provoking.


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  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★

    RED ROCKET turns a character study of a former porn star into a concerning portrait of America. Simon Rex plays a funny, eccentric, despicable salesman of a human being. Great cinematography from Drew Daniels. Has a tendency to wear itself out at times though.


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  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★★★

    Jesus works in wild fucking ways. Benedetta delivers all the sex, violence, and satire that you hoped for. A fiery, entertaining tale straight from the more fun bible that unfortunately doesn’t exist.

  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    Quo vadis, Aida?

    ★★★★

    Gosh this one is a little emotionally exhausting and bleak for my taste. But it’s tense, well directed, and has a great lead performance. Paints a portrait of this event where everyone involved is obeying commands from some higher-up, and the tragedy becomes the lack of conscience and personal moral obligation.

  • Framing Britney Spears

    Framing Britney Spears

    ★★★★

    Pretty sure if it was 2021 and Britney Spears shaved her head or smashed a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella we’d scream hell yes queen 👑 so in that way I’m glad society has advanced.

    This was a really insightful and sobering look at the way the media treated pop stars in the 2000s. Not even that long ago but it feels like a period piece. Kind of a must watch.

  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★★

    Good stuff. Loved the experimental style and form of this one. Never knew what was coming next. Haunting.

  • Censor

    Censor

    ★★★★

    I’m fascinated with Censor. A disturbing psychological portrait of guilt and a meta-commentary on how horror films can expose the darkest parts of ourselves. It may also be about how we project onto art as a way to avoid introspection. I think it’s more substantive than some are giving it credit for and want to see it again so I can wrap my head around it. That final act is stunning.

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★

    Coda is a heartfelt crowd pleaser with great comedic sensibilities. And the CAST: Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, and Eugenia Derbez all delivered really moving performances. If the screening were in person, we’d be hearing lots of sniffles and an applause at the end. It trails pretty in line with other coming off age films but it’s impossible not to be won over.

  • Babyteeth

    Babyteeth

    Eliza Scanlen and Toby Wallace have built fascinating, unpredictable, characters. Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis's performances are absolute gems. Both would be deserving of Oscar nominations and it's tragic that neither has ever been recognized by the Academy. Seriously one of the best acted films of the year.

    The ending was fantastic and took the film to another level for me. There are some threads in this story that felt a little off, but I really cared about these characters and the performances were really memorable.

  • Totally Under Control

    Totally Under Control

    Happy voting day everyone. We need to vote this fuckass dipshit out of the White House if we want science to be something we value as a nation.