Drew has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2018.

  • Let the Corpses Tan

    Let the Corpses Tan

    ★★★★

    I think Cattet–Forzani put it best when they said "[wood creaking] [rubber squeaking] [sizzling meat] [leather scrunching] [audible gleam] [gunshot] [sandpaper scratching] [exhaling quickly] [another gunshot] [hand rubbing the barrel of a rifle up and down] [snap crackle pop] [punching a melon] [just full on fellating the microphone]."

  • The Grand Bizarre

    The Grand Bizarre

    ★★★★

    The downside to Jodie Mack making a feature-length work is that now I have all these patterns permanently engraved on my retinas, and I don't even know their names.

  • So Is This

    So Is This

    ★★★★

    I
    accidentally
    started
    reading
    This
    in
    the
    voice
    of
    Gilbert
    Gottfried
    and
    it
    broke
    my
    brain.
    It
    went
    away
    when
    This
    switched
    over
    to
    French,
    but
    then
    it
    came
    back.
    Just
    in
    time
    for
    the
    optical
    cranial
    singing.
    It
    was
    painful.
    Now
    I'm
    writing
    this
    review
    word
    by
    word
    in
    his
    voice.
    New
    paragraph.
    Michael
    Snow
    is
    a
    dick.

  • I, Pierre Rivière, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister and My Brother…

    I, Pierre Rivière, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister and My Brother…

    ★★★★

    What René Allio pulls off here is kind of great. He basically repurposes the true crime story to look at both documentary and murder movies. The cast is divided into professional actors playing the authority figures and non-professional actors from the area playing the peasants. It makes the performances kind of farcical, which in a film about the transformation of society and the re-education of a people, makes it a lot easier to read against the grain of the actual…

  • ★

    ★★★★

    A contrast in time scales, the indifference of astronomical time scales to the fast procession of personal experiences. The Sure Thing showed up and blew this one wide open when it sank in that we had witnessed Méliès's fairy tales of space up to the dawn of manned spaceflight.

  • They Live

    They Live

    ★★★★

    I really like how slow the build is in They Live. It takes over an hour for anyone else to see the world as it is, and even then it's after Carpenter has the audience begging to just get on with it already. His willingness to make the film ugly allows him to instead spend a good bit of the runtime mapping out Nada's path through the shantytown and grimy alleys, hiding out under a deck, or diving through garbage. It makes the journey into yuppie territory all the more alien.