josephdalton has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Miss Juneteenth

    Miss Juneteenth

    ★★★★

    I thought this was such an interesting use of the 'pageant genre' to create a well-rounded portrait of Fort Worth, especially at this time of contemporary racial injustice, tension and damaging respectability politics. Well-written characters with fully formed expectations and struggles; placed inside a microcosm of Fort Worth with slow, gradual shots and sequences.
    What happens when dreams don't work out the way you planned them to?

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★

    It's nice to have a queer film that doesn't end in complete tragedy and it's also nice to have a queer film from a queer director, accurately portraying queer heartbreak and longing in such a strong way.

    'Carol' achieves its success without hysterics or violent outbursts between lovers, but instead with the portrayal of calm, contained pain, with things changing and leaving after they've run their course. Aided by a colour palette of burnt umber, dull scarlett, olive green, clouded…

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★★

    Genuinely pleased at this film, thought Mellisa McCarthy un-typecasted herself away from the kinds of characters that we're used to her playing all of the time. Lee Israel is shown as an unlikeable woman, but one with multiple sides and occasional good qualities and warmth (i.e. a human being).

    Films set in the early 90s don't easily disappoint me visually, but 'Can You Ever Forgive Me' didn't seem to rely on its aesthetic and manages to become a film with…

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★

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

    Each set/shot is high visual art, perhaps this could have been tamed to give way to a bit more dramatic/visual rawness (have taken half a star off since yesterday), but I'm happy, if not rattled by the whole plot and the emptiness of a black hole.
    ***
    I like the bit when Mia Goth's head exploded!