Drew has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2018.

  • Schmeerguntz

    Schmeerguntz

    ★★★½

    The montage here is so rapid that I'm just now noticing this may be history's first ironic use of women laughing alone with salad.

  • In Fabric

    In Fabric

    ★★★½

    Peter Strickland's back with more ASMR magick and dumb fun, but if he keeps moving in this direction it's like two more features before he makes Rubber.

  • Everybody Knows

    Everybody Knows

    ★★★½

    Another good melodrama from Farhadi. The opening shots of the old clock tower landed with me, and his attention to the workings of the town is so good that I wish he'd followed that thread to the end.

  • Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter

    ★★★½

    "The dust settled. O finally! Lilico was propped up against the mirror which reflected her ravishing beauty. A chunk fell off her face showing the bruised rot under her rouge. How can we get to it?

    "Lilico is chatting and smiling beside the ten-foot lips floating among the clouds. She is wrapped in cherry red ruffles. As she plays the scene the makeup lady furtively dabs make-up on her. She stumbles and leaves a glossy pink smear across Lilico’s mouth,…

  • BPM (Beats per Minute)

    BPM (Beats per Minute)

    ★★★½

    The first act is such an absolute powerhouse, I was thrown for a loop when it swung into the relationship drama. The editing made it hard to synthesize the decentralized narrative with the personal narrative, and it wasn't until the ending that I got how they were trying to relate the two modes. That said, so many of the scenes hold up on their own, and seeing the legitimately tender scene where a guy with KS gets jerked off on a 40-foot screen makes me grateful for the Castro Theatre.