James has written 2 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2020.

  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    ★★★★½

    Quad, DCP

    Hands-down, one of the most significant repertory revelations of recent memory. Not quite like anything I've seen from this era, save perhaps for the hallucinatory final acts of BLACK NARCISSUS. Naturally, Jack Cardiff's mesmerizing cinematography on both plays a part. In a lot of ways this actually feels quite like a Powell and Pressburger production, albiet infused with a beguiling sort of atmosphere and magic. Adding to that ambiance is the narration of Harold Warrender as the archeologist,…

  • The Gambler

    The Gambler

    ★★★★½

    The antidote to Gems.