The Oscar Expert has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★★

    Bumping this up to a 5

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    All I have for you is a word. Janitor. It’ll open the right doors. Some of the wrong ones, too.

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    I'll never understand how Mark Wahlberg was the one and only performance that got nominated

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    Why is a movie that reminds us that we're all losers so beautiful and rejuvenating?

  • The Kids Are All Right

    The Kids Are All Right

    ★★★★★

    This was excellent. Extremely entertaining, fantastic performances, and I got emotional towards the end. I thought what made this extraordinary was how insightful it is about the flawed relationships we have with the people closest to us. New people can feel like they might complete us because they have something we’re lacking, but they’ll disappoint too. We’re bound to be fed up with the people we spend the most time with, and they’ll be sick of you too. But despite all of it, those relationships are still damn worth it because they’re all we have. This is a celebration of dysfunction.

  • Away from Her

    Away from Her

    Fuck.

    This was really, really good. Showcases how life is both permanent, and impermanent. What power we still have over our lives, even when we are at the whim of a changing world.

    Julie Christy is amazing, but holy hell Gordon Pinsent should have equal praise because experiencing this journey through his eyes is just heartbreaking and revelatory.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    EACH OF US IS BOTH A PAINTER AND A CANVAS

    THE PAINTER PAINTS THE CANVAS

    AND THE CANVAS PAINTS THE PAINTER

    these are some of my thoughts on a second viewing of this masterpiece for the ages

  • I Carry You with Me

    I Carry You with Me

    ★★★★★

    An epic, powerful story that beautifully captures the hope and pain of the immigrant experience. Beautifully shot. A perfect blend of narrative and documentary in the third act. Totally moved me. One of the festival’s best.

  • Nine Days

    Nine Days

    ★★★★★

    Nine Days allows us to step back and examine life from afar. It’s an emotional experience so universal that anyone will be able to connect with it. Winston Duke is magnificent. Favorite of the fest.

    I wouldn’t argue that it says anything entirely new, but what it does is it puts us in a new perspective to experience these feelings. And an experience it is.

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    No one talks about how this is a masterpiece but it's true

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★★

    The middle of this film absolutely shook me and made me experience emotions that were foreign to me. It was probably the most powerful thing I’ve witnessed in a movie. Trey Edward Shults has an ability possibly greater than any other filmmaker to put you inside of a mental breakdown. His maximalist style uses camerawork, sound, and editing in ways that I’ve never seen before. It’s all in service of emotion. He can elicit empathy from you in a way…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    I'm gonna explain why this movie is deep, and why it's A tier Pixar, not just a mediocre sequel like Finding Dory and Incredibles 2. Spoilers ahead.

    This film is about what we find to be comforting and how that can shift throughout our lives, and the difficulty that comes with accepting that kind of drastic change.

    Forky is a reflection of Woody. Forky is born as an assembly of trash, and therefore, trash is all he knows. Forky describes…