Rane has written 18 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★½

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

    So I have *one* gripe: How the hell were they switching bodies for weeks (if not months) and NEITHER of them noticed they weren't living in the same year?? I guess you can hand-wave this away with space-rock-magic, but of alllllll of the things you're expected to do that for, this one feels the closest to contrived.

    Other than that, this movie is a goddamn masterpiece of Japanese animation. Can't wait to see how J.J. Abrams fucks it all up with the live-action remake.

  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★½

    "OKAY, PAUL!!!"

  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★½

    Rewatch imminent, but I'm guessing this is a new personal favorite.

  • Vagabond

    Vagabond

    ★★★★½

    Easily my favorite Varda so far.

  • Girlfriends

    Girlfriends

    ★★★★½

    A spiritual predecessor to FRANCES HA, though Melanie Mayron gives even the great Greta Gerwig a run for her money. This deserves to be the new standard for "hidden gem" status in cinema, as Claudia Weill's sharply drawn film traverses the landscape of female friendship with subtle wit and unyielding warmth. It's clear by watching Filmstruck's digital copy that the original negative is in desperate need of restoration -the celluloid artifacts and spotty audio evidence of its cruel neglect- but even that can't dampen a fraction of the movie's overflowing charm. A must-see that deserves far more emulation and adoration.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Probably isn't the most important or necessary film of 2016, but it's clearly the best I've seen. Can't remember the last time I saw a movie in which every directorial decision is made correctly. Chazelle proves himself to be the best new Hollywood director in a long while, and one of my favorite working filmmakers. Most surprising and effective is hidden beneath the layers of romanticism, nostalgia and instant-classic score (all with the meta-text you'd expect from a self-aware musical)…

  • Our Little Sister

    Our Little Sister

    ★★★★½

    For anyone else feeling drained after this particularly abysmal batch of summer blockbusters, I guarantee this lovely gem of a film will renew your faith in cinema and warm you down to the deepest part of your soul (and leave you craving a big bowl of fried mackerel and rice for good measure.)

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★½

    Consider this a tentative reaction, as I'm still wrestling with a single image/symbol that, if it means what I think it means, would reduce a great character to a gross stereotype. If a rewatch proves said interpretation false, then this is easily the best film of the year so far. A perfect balancing act of pitch-black humor and a soulful, even-keeled investigation into the motivations and desires (both societal and personal) to forge relationships with one another.

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    Lanthimos hits the child-rearing-as-dog-training metaphor a bit too hard at times, but the rest of DOGTOOTH is unsettling, uncompromising and wholly arresting cinema. In a film where at least 90% of the shots are static, movement becomes liberation.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★½

    If FURY ROAD or THE BIG SHORT has to lose Best Picture to any other movie this year, it had damn better well be SPOTLIGHT.

  • American Splendor

    American Splendor

    ★★★★½

    Pro-tip: watch as a double feature with DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. You won't be disappointed.

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★★½

    First impression: banality and beauty in (stop) motion.