Rane has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2015.

  • The End of the Tour

    The End of the Tour

    ★★★★½

    Rewatched for consideration for my Top Films of 2015 list. Spoiler: it made the list and then some.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★½

    Now THIS is Star Wars: a morality play filtered through the lens of high-stakes adventure. While Episode IV lacked confidence, this film has it in spades. Every actor (save an, albeit fittingly, hammy Mark Hamill) brings their A-game, with even gurgling Chewbacca injecting some honest-to-god melancholy into his woeful cries. More impressive still, the film doubles down on the mysticism of the Force, which was left rather vague in the previous entry, and uses it to thin the line between…

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★★½

    An infectious, joyful throwback to the Hollywood musicals of old, this Jacques Demy classic lacks the bittersweet punch of his masterpiece THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG but keeps you tapping your toes throughout. Of particular note is the film's use of color, masterfully used both as emotional denotation and vibrant set dressing.

  • Young Adult

    Young Adult

    ★★★★½

    New thoughts on revisit: Really interesting ideas on the narratives we create for ourselves and others, and how they can lead to both denial, delusion and self-loathing. The confrontation at the naming party doesn't work quite as well as everything else, but there's so much good in the rest (particularly the harsh reverse ending) that it's easily forgiven.

  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★★½

    The antithesis to American Sniper.