Emilia has written 19 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Germinal

    Germinal

    ★★★

    An epic historical drama about the ferment in a 19th century mining community in Northern France.

    Everything about this movie is epic. The cast, the scenery, the acting, the historical accuracy. The length. Oh the length.

    Already in the beginning, you kinda guess what's going to happen, who is going to die, who are going to end up together, etc. And then you watch more than 2,5 hours just to see if you were correct. And you probably were.

    But…

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★

    Baron Cohen has a talent of making people say and do the funniest and most horrible things on camera. This mocumentary follows in the footsteps of the first Borat film. Unfortunately it has been such a long time since I saw the first film that I can't compare them as efficiently as I would like to.

    The film made me laugh a lot but more than that it made me cringe like very few films do. I don't remember that…

  • Colette

    Colette

    ★★★

    Keira Knightley plays Colette, the famous bisexual French writer in this cute little biopic.

    I'm happy that there is a biopic about Colette, not enough people outside of France know about her. The film itself describes well the problems that female writers and women in general faced in the turn of the century. However, I don't think it became clear enough how important she truly was for the French literary scene.

    Everything in the film is quite well done but doesn't keep haunting you, nothing is really extraordinary.

  • Promise at Dawn

    Promise at Dawn

    ★★★

    A biographical film based on a novel by the late French writer Romain Gary.

    The over-lenghty story revolves around Gary's life from childhood to old-age through WW2. Almost the only theme is the very dysfunctional and weird relationship he has with his mother.

    The acting is spectacular, and it's the only reason why I'm giving this film 3 stars. Gainsbourg plays the overbearing, suffocating and self-sacrificing mother who has both a hard time accepting any failure from her son, and…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★

    I hate to put such a low scoring on a film that's evidently loved by everyone. But I'm just not that into action movies. I mean, it's a nice way to spend an evening but it probably won't Hunt my dreams (pun totally intended).

    In this 6th (yikes!) M:I, Ethan Hunt, the main protagonist played by Tom Cruise, saves the world along with his reputation. I haven't seen all the M.Is before this one, and that didn't really matter.

    This…

  • The Unknown Girl

    The Unknown Girl

    ★★★

    I wanted to see La fille inconnue for two specific reasons: because of the Lady on Fire actress Adèle Haenel and because of the Dardenne brothers' direction.

    In the film Jenny, a hard-working doctor, doesn't open her clinic's door to a girl in need and the girl ends up dead. The guilt-ridden doctor sets out to find out the girl's identity.

    The film is interesting in the sense that it's a whodunnit that isn't even really interested in who really…

  • Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

    Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

    ★★★

    An animated film about the controvercial filmmaker Luis Buñuel and his psudo-documentary project about the isolated region of Las Hurdes.

    The most important take-home message of the movie is that animation isn't just for kids and through it you can also convay a deep and meaningful narrative for adults. Many animations are primarily done to children but can also be appreciated by adults, but not this one. The animation gets cut by real scenes from the original mockumentary that contain…

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★

    Why is it that Keanu Reeves and action films go so well together? I like the fact that he's not that young anymore, he looks like real person (exept that he ages maybe ten time slower than the rest of us mortals...) and that he has that eerie look that he has seen some shit but also likes puppies.

    This was the first John Wick that I've seen and it made the evening pass quite nicely. There's something VERY satisfying…

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★

    Us is a horror movie that can be experienced in many ways. On the outer surface, there's the story about an all-American family staying in their summer house and getting a visit from doppelgängers from hell. A zombie-ish pursuit and fighting with some splatter ensues, very classic horror.

    On a deeper level, it's a film about some pretty heavy topics. There's some clear class society critique reminiscent of the one in Parasite. Apart from that, xenophobia is a leading theme.…

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★★

    The film is composed of two stories that get intertwined. First, there's the orphaned Arvin Russell trying to protect his step-sister and then there are a couple of mass-murderers wanting to take some pictures.

    I appreciated especially Tom Holland's performance. He is a sweet and believable small-town boy. (But I can't help but wonder if these good-guy roles are the only ones he can play.) Casting in the film overall is very good, and there's some very decent acting also…

  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★

    I accidentally bumped into this film while watching television.

    There's nothing very special about it, but it's a very classic and engaging action film. Actually I liked it more than I expected, and I watched it from start to finish. I especially liked the the snarky dialogue between the two main cops.

    Basically, it's a film where a young enthusiastic cop saves a bunch of people that are held hostage by a crazy bomb man. It stars two of Hollywood's…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★

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

    I just love Kaufman and his movies. What unites them, is that you have to watch them several times before you start comprehending their true meaning. And they are more than just movies, they are pure hypnosis!

    I'm not so sure with this one though.

    "I'm thinking of ending things" is a story about a couple that go and visit the man, Jake's, parents while the woman protagonist is contemplating if she should end the whole relationship. There's also a…