Emilia has written 15 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2020.

  • 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…

  • The New Girlfriend

    The New Girlfriend

    ★★★

    François Ozon is clearly not a one-trick pony when it comes to directing. He does anything from silly comedy to heavy drama, but with "The New Girlfriend" he does what he knows best: in lack of better classification, erotic drama.

    Without going into to too much detail, Ozon explores the differences and subtleties between gender and sexuality, and asks us what should be considered as normal. Can we even fully understand our own sexuality if we haven't been shown the…

  • Ma Ma

    Ma Ma

    ★★★

    Well this was a weird one.

    Penelope Cruz plays Magda, a newly separated single-mom who gets diagnosed with breast cancer.

    The further along the film goes, the weirder it gets. Her relationship with her ex is weird, her relationship with her new lover and her own son gets weirder and weirder, and let's not even go to the relationship with her gynecologist: beyond weird.

    The movie is full of symbolism. She imagines her unborn daughter to be like her gynecologist's…

  • Enola Holmes

    Enola Holmes

    ★★★

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

    This family-friendly adventure shows Enola Holmes, Sherlock's little sister, trying to find her mom and her own path in life.

    Millie Bobby Brown is utterly approachable and cute as the main character. I loved how the story flowed with her time to time grinning to the camera and explaining her thoughts to the viewer. I expected a more serious film but actually it was also quite funny!

    The only thing that left me a bit baffled was the mother's side…

  • Despicable Me 2

    Despicable Me 2

    ★★★

    I had seen the first Despicable me and liked it, and the sequel follows quite closely its predecessor's footprints. It introduces a new villain trying to take over the world as Gru tries to stop him.

    The humour is slapstick-style which I find hard to nail in movies but I enjoyed myself and laughed out loud a couple of times. I loved both Kristen Wiig's voice performance and her character in the movie and the little girls were as adorable…