James has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2018.

  • Paranoid Park

    Paranoid Park

    ★★★★½

    Metrograph, 35mm

    I watched this 5 or 6 times during it's initial theatrical run - I was OBSESSED. This was my first time coming back to it since then, and I'm ecstatic to find that it holds the same mythical status for me.

    Many films claim to capture the essence of youth, but few succeed. Even dicier are the ones that attempt to encapsulate the tectonically shifting landscape of trends in youth culture. The degree to which PARANOID PARK succeeds…

  • The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting

    The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting

    ★★★★½

    Though the paintings discussed are fictional, this is second only to Berger’s WAYS OF SEEING as a filmic exercise for affecting the way a viewer sees and interprets works of static art.

    So dense with ideas that surely it’d collapse under its own weight if it were more than an hour long, it’s only fault is that it’s hard to keep up with the theories herein while the eye is distracted by some of the most achingly beautiful black and white imagery ever committed to film. A masterpiece.

  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★★½

    Metrograph, DCP

    The origin of my enthusiasm for oversized brandy snifters.

  • Harry and Tonto

    Harry and Tonto

    ★★★★½

    Why tf did Norman and Ginger ride all the way to Arizona from Chicago when their destination was Boulder, CO?

    Anyways, as far as old man road movies go, H&T's got a charm to it that had me thinking of all the reasons why comparatively, Nebraska is such a joyless bore.