Drew has written 16 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • The Chinese Feast

    The Chinese Feast

    ★★★

    Kind of daft, kind of fun. Has some great cooking scenes, do not watch on an empty stomach.

  • The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises

    ★★★

    I love how many of the sound effects are just some dude going "phhhhkgkgkgkgkg pew pew", the most inspired artistic choice in this movie.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★

    Not so sure about casting Anna Paquin as Peggy. Why does Hollywood refuse to hire mute actors to portray mute characters?

  • Cowboy and

    Cowboy and "Indian" Film

    ★★★

    This is kind of like Kenneth Anger conjuring up the first act of A Movie. It's kind of anti-technique, so your experience may vary based on your appreciation for the magick that made it, but I'm a firm proponent of more axes in the editing room.

  • Non-Fiction

    Non-Fiction

    ★★★

    A lot of people are going to find something to love in this, but this dialogue-heavy Rohmerian format usually doesn't work for me. A lot of the writing is interesting, but translating it to the screen or even into a performance comes off like an afterthought.

  • Repo Man

    Repo Man

    ★★★

    be punk do crimes

  • The City Without Jews

    The City Without Jews

    ★★★

    It's nice to see a 1920s narrative that differentiates between "Jewish people are hoarding all the money" and "the people with all the money are hoarding all the money". But The City Without Jews is, at heart, a family drama, and what it posits early on as a structural economic problem gets largely ignored for the rest of the film. It rubbed me the wrong way that two different characters had to have a change of heart because they both…

  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★★

    So in this adaptation of a Roald Dahl novel, Nicolas Roeg recreates the Odessa steps sequence in a scene that presumably puts Anjelica Huston in the role of a Cossack soldier. This is the weirdest game of mad libs.

  • A Fantastic Woman

    A Fantastic Woman

    ★★★

    Daniela Vega's got tremendous presence, but this movie has some odd ideas about how to melodrama.

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★

    The first Martin McDonagh film I've seen. Overall it did a nice job of snapping between tragedy and humor to meander through grey areas weave a very Catholic story about guilt and loss. I'm confused how that got bizarrely grafted onto the incidental stories of a woman who was murdered and a man who was tortured.

  • LA 92

    LA 92

    ★★★

    As much as LA 92 seems to believe that it can reach truths about the LA riots by avoiding intrusive voiceovers and interviews with talking heads, it basically elides some of the more important questions that surround the violence. The film largely limits itself to issues around the parties involved in the riot—ongoing police brutality, hand-wringing about Koreatown as a "merchant class" exploiting black neighborhoods. This ultimately puts the audience's focus on what happened rather than why, turning the story…

  • Luminous Procuress

    Luminous Procuress

    ★★★

    My eyes can't handle all this beauty.

    (But seriously, making a keyhole film of this length is actually really exhausting to watch and doesn't do the production design justice.)