Sunshine (2007)

The sensory experience of watching “Sunshine” is almost overwhelming, in a good way, with all Danny Boyle’s flashiness and visual creativity doing a great job of making what is essentially a pretty thin story into a visceral, memorable film that transcends its obvious influences. I really love the religious and spiritual elements of this film,…

A Single Man (2009)

Colin Firth really shines in this excellent debut effort from director Tom Ford. Everything is of such a high level of quality here that I really admire how well a first-time director managed to make every element of the film so unified and of such singular vision. It’s so gorgeous. Restrained and deliberate, yet earnest…

My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

A very moving animated film. So touching, so earnest. The animation was so sweet too. I was really taken aback at how serious and mature the film was, as it appeared ostensibly to be a children’s film – it certainly works fine as a children’s film, I imagine, but it doesn’t talk down to any…

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

The animation of this film is extraordinarily beautiful and compelling. Truly stunning. It’s worth seeing the film for the animation alone. The second act of the film is also pretty great, with the voice cast doing their best work in some excellent comic sections. A lot of work definitely went into this movie, but I…

20th Century Women (2016)

This is a great film if you really like montages. There are… so many montages. So, so many. They clash with the very realist vibe the film goes for at other times, to me at least, as did the ending (which I really disliked, I felt like it nearly undid everything I was liking about…

Loving (2016)

A very measured, restrained, and lovely depiction of very real relationship. I was really impressed how lowkey director Jeff Nichols’ approach was. He never really goes down any easy, dramatic routes, instead doing his best to portray the actual strength of the relationship pictured. The performances are great, especially Ruth Negga’s, although the passivity of…

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

A sequel about sequels. Even from the very title (a cheeky reappropriation of the unofficial title of “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”), “T2: Trainspotting” makes it clear that it’s operating at a self-referential, metatextual level, that it’s well-aware of all its own contradictions, and that it’s interested in playing around and examining them, rather than selling…