andregoncalves has written 17 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Seconds

    Seconds

    ★★★★★

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

    Change is pointless, as we're all gonna die.

    But change through art, maybe that is the whole purpose of life, afterall.

    55 years later, after a premiere at Cannes filled with boos, John Frankenheimer's cult masterpiece still assaults our senses, still shocks in its apparent randomness of events (a bacanal ritual in the middle of it is as provoking, if not more, in 2021), and in the mistery of its narrative and the central character - who, of course, tragically…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★★

    The film we didn’t know we needed.

    There was always going to be a backlash of sorts with this vigilante as feminist twist. The fact that even today, watching a film like this and STILL thinking that the guy is going to get away with it in the end is enough to completely justify the hammer-like approach by Emerald Fennell (aka the author of Killing Eve).

    What a jubilous thing, always walking dangerously between lines and with Mulligan cast against…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    This is my nth time watching this, and I’m really starting to think this is not only my favorite Fincher but my favorite movie of the last decade periodt.

  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★★★

    Did Cronenberg Jr. just hijack Cronenberg Sr.'s mind and made the father/son's first masterpiece of the new millennium?

  • Heading South

    Heading South

    ★★★★★

    A cruel depiction of casual racism from all ends in a poor and beautiful Taiti in the 70s.
    Extreme hedonism making even close connections between child labour and pedophilia
    The fetichization of the blackness, women as market holders as as unsmasking of the new feminisms brought by the end of the previous century.
    I mean, how can one give it less than 5 stars is beyond me.

  • Kajillionaire

    Kajillionaire

    ★★★★★

    Non-spoiler version:

    Debra Winger taking all those neglective mom roles, we love to see it.

    Evan Rachel Wood at her most "method acting" (her most intricate performance to date, the hype is real)

    Richard Jenkins being himself, doing his usual tricks, which fits to a character that is a nothing more than a cold bag full of tricks and taking advantage of new situations.

    Gina Rodriguez already making my list of most cruel Oscar snubees of the year.

    Miranda July…

  • Kajillionaire

    Kajillionaire

    ★★★★★

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

    How can one define family? What about happiness? One can say "happiness is in the dumb things". Dumb small things like making small pancakes instead of making advantage of the full frying pan. "Old Dolio" (Evan Rachel Wood, in what is likely her most difficult and well-achieved and methody performance) is used to take every single situation of common day to day life (a trip at the supermarket, for instance; or just making a pancake!) and think of the most…

  • The Blonde One

    The Blonde One

    Oh no he didn't
    The level of detail here, in the unmasking of the lies we tell to others and ourselves, is dazzling.

    (It's official: Marco Berger is my favorite director from the new century. )

  • Mirage

    Mirage

    ★★★★★

    Nolan, sit quiet and take notes.

  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    It's still the best Jonze/Kaufman joint and you will deal.

  • Normal People

    Normal People

    ★★★★★

    A little bit of rain coming down on my face.

    Also, did I just beat my previous record of binging episodes per day? 12 episodes in 11 hours or so.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

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

    Motelx day 4 - Friday the 13th special

    Ari Aster makes the most unique films about human communication, using naked folks, weird sounds and fire.