andregoncalves has written 75 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • The Blue Lagoon

    The Blue Lagoon

    ★★★½

    “It ain’t proper to run around naked all the time”

    A weird childhood fave (don’t ask, in 2021 it feels wrong for at least 3 different reasons), so ofc I have strong feelings for it. It has visible flaws, but also some really effective imagery - some really masterful shots by Almendros, and the ending hits me in it’s tragicoromantic simplicity and hopelessness.

    Also, I related more than an healthy amount to Paddy in my adult age eheheh :x

  • Wait Until Dark

    Wait Until Dark

    The things people do for a small amount of drugs…

  • High Tension

    High Tension

    This is magnificent (and yes, TENSE) up until that pathetic twist that is by then the nth iteration of it.

    Still, the best film from Aja.

  • Little Fugitive

    Little Fugitive

    ★★★½

    Kids

  • Slalom

    Slalom

    ★★★½

    One of the casualties of the COVID-19 at Cannes 2020 was this one not getting the extra exposure it truly deserved (it was heading for one of the awards, methinks) - it is a very promising first feature from Charlene Favier, a film that on the surface seems very straightforward in its intentions, and yet, moral implications abound from the moment the ski instructor Fred (a never better Jeremie Reiner, who is accidentally becoming a Cannes habituée) first harrasses 15-year-old…

  • Framing Britney Spears

    Framing Britney Spears

    ★★★½

    As straightforward and concise as a pop bop, and essential viewing for anyone looking for a starting point of all this mess.

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    The Slumber Party Massacre

    ★★★½

    This film has 3 girls discovering a dead pizza delivery guy and then eating the pizza, because ofc that would be a waste of food. And we gotta eat to think of ways of escaping a fallic driller.

    Need I say more?

  • The Mirror Has Two Faces

    The Mirror Has Two Faces

    ★★★½

    The tone might be mistaken for Nancy Meyers romcom, but this is a surprisingly insightful and engrossing film. And yes, I love Binoche and The English Patient but that Oscar was Bacall’s. I blame burning bridges or frontrunner status or both.

  • Magnificent Obsession

    Magnificent Obsession

    ★★★½

    Sirk really could convert ANY soap opera plot into ART.

  • Four Good Days

    Four Good Days

    ★★★½

    Ben is Back > Four Good Days > Beautiful Boy

  • Sweetie, You Won't Believe It

    Sweetie, You Won't Believe It

    ★★★½

    First Kazak film seen (I think?) and I picked a really good one. A strong midnight madness spirit throughout a mash-up of at least 5 different genres. I was lucky enough to caught this on Festival Scope without any information beforehand, only a line or two of synopsis. If you can, do the same.

  • To Catch a Thief