The Suicide Squad delivers James Gunn most polished work with a violent, anarchic contemptuous humour that surprisingly has a lot of heart.
‘Taxi Driver’ is a classic masterpiece character study from Paul Schradder boost by Martin Scorcese direction and Robert de Niro performance that these days film could not replicate.
A heartwarming message about connection and acceptance with a unique pop animation that’s great for a single watch.
Kingdom: Ashin of The North (2021): Unncessary Special Still Able to Put on Par With Its Main Series
‘Kingdom: Ashin of The North’ might seems to be an unnecessary special, but able to fulfill audience curiosity with an engaging narrative and satisfying visuals.
The unsettling atmosphere, graphic visual and slow-shocking narrative is an uneasy, nauseating watch. But The Medium observation on Thailand’s shamanism truly deserves its title as the best 2021 horror film (so far).
A what should be one of the realistic and sweetest romance of all time became muddled in its execution that lack depth and emotion even with the on-screen chemistry.
A visual treat of color and action sequences with deep characterization, deep characterization and philosophy, Zhang Yimou’s Hero exceed the boundaries of Wuxia genre through its heart and emotion into a near masterpiece.
F9 is a rare proof that bigger is better with over-the-top, albeit unrealistic physics defying action sequences and some surprising family drama.
Originally inventive and absurdly over-the-top, One Cut of The Dead is a non-stop ride from the beginning that pack a twist filled with laughter while it is also an inspiring love letter for amateur filmmakers out there.
Cary Joji Fukunaga manages to depict the tale of a child soldier in its bleakest and heartbreaking form, backed by Abraham Attah and Idris Elba’s powerful performance that will torment the audience’s psychology and soul to serve its message as a powerful war film.
Unlike most Pixar films, Soul might not contain a powerful emotional story (although it still have its amazing animation and ear-inducing soundtrack) but its philosophical core establishes Soul to be a relatable, moving story that could change people’s perception on life.
‘Spiral’ tries something new that certainly have the potential, yet all of its gone to waste as they try to stick to the rotten stylistic root of its predecessors.
Boast by powerful performance and direction, Judas and The Black Messiah promises its title into a thrilling ride.
Aaron Sorkin stylistic written screenplay and slick direction is already enough to make The Trial of The Chicago 7 a compelling court-room drama, but its editing and performance (especially Sacha Baron Cohen) assist it into an entertaining film.
“Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” is a film that would satisfy fan for its action sequence, but that doesn’t mean casual audience could be entertained by its mesmerizing animation and emotional core it provided.
Save Ralph is an absorbing and heartbreaking tale of human horror that are wonderfully compressed in its 4 minutes running time.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom benefits from its production value and phenomenal cast performance (particularly Boseman and Davis) and that’s enough to overcome its ambitious yet muddled screenplay into a watchable one.
‘Nomadland’ is a triumph not only through its technical aspects itself but also a powerfully absorbing poetic character study film thanks to Chloe Zhao phenomenal direction and Frances McDormand quiet performance.
Paterson could be another bizarre artwork by Jim Jarmusch, but instead celebrating not only the life of an aspiring artist but also the routine of life with so much heart and humanity driven by Adam Driver humanistic performance.
Promising Young Woman (2020): Carey Mulligan Nail It in Emerald Fennell’s Punkish, Social Layer Narrative
Promising Young Woman is a deep social commentary on sexual abuse layered by an amusing story by Writer-Director Emerald Fennell, only for Carey Mulligan perfectly nailed the role that definitely deserve her Oscar.
The Father might not went to the melancholic route to lure audience emotion, but that’s what make this film so much more powerful and compelling thanks to Florian Zeller stellar debut direction as well as Anthony Hopkins phenomenal performance that will certainly glue your eyes to the screen.
Mortal Kombat will definitely satisfy fan through its fan-service delivery of characters and fatality gore (FINALLY!). But for casual audience who for the very least comes for the stunning action sequences will left utterly disappointed.
Minari took advantage from Lee Isaac Chung personal story and turning it into a beautiful, realistic portrait of immigrant family struggle that easily connects to the heart of audience.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a vast improvement over the theatrical cut with better characterization and a more polished direction that made the superhero gathering more epic than ever, although the 4-hour running time could potentially hurt some viewers.
The excel of cinematography and concept compared to its convoluted story and structure might create the perception of style over substances. Only when everything is connected it become a spark that, Cities of Last Thing is a complex character journey layered with critics that are remarkably ambitious.
A revolutionary film by bringing traditional “pencak silat” story the first time in Indonesia film industry with beautiful cinematography and exotic production that is unfortunately bogged down by editing and plot issues which can’t bring the glory to the top league.
American Psycho is a sharp, on-point social criticism of the capitalism world in 1980s that are still so relevant until now with a phenomenal performance from Christian Bale, even if the self-consciousness neglects the storytelling at some point.
The relatability of the main character and warmness of the story helps The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to overcome its cringe, overabundant inconsistent style as well as its first act flaw.
The Call has a simple concept that is executed well by the premise with excellent cinematography and production design, only to be muddled by its poor story choices in the second-half that fortunately are carried by the two leads, Park Shin-hye and Jeon Jong-seo.
While Gary Oldman’s phenomenal performance can’t help the film reaching its emotional overturn due to its overloaded historical context, there’s no denying that Mank is a triumph in visual and audio style that resonate the golden age of Hollywood thanks to David Fincher’s direction.