Emilia has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2021.

  • Nothing Like a Dame

    Nothing Like a Dame

    ★★★★½

    Four Dames talking about their lives and memories.

    The documentary is not perfect. All the camera crew fussing and pitching these titans random topics to talk about... for a great documentary you don't need all that. You just take a bit more time and let them talk freely. Maybe show them a bit more of some old archived footage from their former years and just watch the magic happen.

    AND there was too much talk about Lawrence Olivier. When I'm…

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★½

    French New Wave and the great Agnès Varda! This is probably the most known and loved work by her, and it's easy to see why.

    We follow the beautiful singer Cléo minute by minute as she waits anxiously her biopsy results, fearing for the worst.

    This film packs so much novelty for that time's cinema. Not only the illusion of uninterrupted minute-to-minute documentation of Cléo's afternoon, but also the ingenious camerawork, i.e. the impressionistic shots of people from POV perspective.…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★½

    This film is a rare combination of ingenuity, symbolism, timeless wisdom about wealth and how it doesn't lead to happiness, childhood trauma, trash journalism, and the all-mighty American dream.

    Citizen Kane is based on a true-ish story of a newspaper mogul who, despite his incredible wealth, seems to be unable to love and find happiness.

    Great acting, especially from the director Welles himself. The lighting and the decor of the film are clearly inspired by German expressionist cinema, which makes…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    A heart surgeon takes a fatherless youngster under his wing with unexpected consequences.

    This film will stay with me for a while. Creepy music and incredible sound design. Unsettling dialogue. Weird characters. Terrific acting from everybody involved. Visually beautiful and meticulous.

    I'm not sure this counts as a horror movie (it's more like a psychological thriller) but it's more horror than I've had for a while. And on a deeper level. The stuff of nightmares.

    The director, Yorgos Lanthimos, seems…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

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

    South Korean erotic psychological thriller directed by the great Park Chan-wook. That's all you need to know. Anything beyond that is just spoilers.

    The film is played in three acts but this is anything but evident since the beginning. The intrigue starts off as the basic story of rags to riches by cheating. Then a love triangle gets added. Some funny korean-style humor. You think you have it all figured out and start thinking about what to eat after the…