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Demi has written 98 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★½

    I had never seen this movie before but my friends Jocey and Celia insisted I had to, and I’m so glad I did. :) The “Make ‘Em Laugh” sequence has been something I’ve known and loved for years, and I can’t believe I was depriving myself of the rest of this film for so long. Gorgeous, vibrant, joyful, funny, and cornball in all the best ways. 

    And the dancing! A beautiful physicality that is all but gone from modern film…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    I’ve been wanting to rewatch this every day since I first saw it and it was just as rewarding as I thought it would be. 2:20PM on a Thursday and the theater was still full, the reactions were still audible and powerful. It feels weird for this movie to have come out so late in the award season, as it feels like the kind of thing that should’ve taken over the last few months of our collective discourse, but it…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    Fuck!!!!!!

    This film is absolutely gorgeous. One of the best shot films of the year. Also one of the most grueling, disorienting, claustrophobic, psychotic films of the year. I’m not sure I even know what really happened, but I was captivated the entire time. I’m sure Dafoe and the cinematographer are gonna get shafted through awards season, but I hope they’re both proud of their work. Shit. I really hope we get to see Eggers’ Nosferatu.

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★★½

    Truly outstanding competence! With a wonderful ending! A simple, familiar-feeling story made as masterfully as humanly possible. Vincent Van Gogh painting the cool S.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    The helicopter service Blade didn't even exist until 2014, a whole two years after this film takes place. Absolutely sloppy filmmaking. Shameful.

    But seriously, this film is absolutely fucking masterful. I know it's extremely weird and almost disrespectful to talk about films like this in terms of how they're awarded, but I really truly think this film is such a precise depiction of what "good directing" looks like that I'm gonna be absolutely shocked if the Safdies aren't at LEAST…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    Knives Out is a Christmas movie. (And a perfect opportunity for your parents to audibly recognize actors that they can tell you minor facts about!)

    Ana de Armas for Best Actress please!

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    Outstanding. Tense, emotional and impressive without feeling flashy. Thomas Newman’s score is terrific! I think some of the most beautiful scenes of the year are in movie. Honestly might watch again! Some scenes in this movie make me really wanna see a Sam Mendes adventure film.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Pelle's very first line/moment:

    MARK: See? You could be getting that girl pregnant right now.
    PELLE: And don't forget about all the Swedish women you can impregnate in June"

    Watched the Director's Cut and am of two minds about it: one, there is a scene of Christian and Dani arguing that seems pretty critical to hitting home just how shitty of a partner he is (although I wish it happened in the day, because Dani's nightmare being the only nighttime…

  • Atlantics

    Atlantics

    ★★★★½

    Gorgeous! Brilliant! Fuck, this is a cool film.

    I'm glad I got to watch it with absolutely no concept of what it was about. For some reason, every single thing I've seen written about this movie so far has massive spoilers. Just watch it, don't look anything up. Let yourself be a bit confused and then feel the joy as it all comes together.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    (nothing here is a huge spoiler but i’d still avoid this if you haven’t seen it because you should go in fresh, god damn you)

    Docking a half-star because I watched this in a near-empty theater, which really hit home how much of the fun of this movie is dependent on the exact opposite! (Though it might play better at home. But boy was the lack of reactions hard to handle.)

    Also, because I watched it so intently the first…

  • Tomboy

    Tomboy

    ★★★★½

    Céline Sciamma is a rockstar, childhood is trauma, and gender is a fucking prison!

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    Jesus Christ, the exhale I did at the end of this film. Adam Sandler does a predictably incredible job, but honestly every performance in this movie is terrific. Stunning, tense, and surprisingly funny in a very dark way. Nobody builds tension out of overlapping dialogue like the Safdies. And that SCORE! Oh– if the Academy fucking ignores this one like they did Good Time, they're only gonna be embarrassing themselves.