RSS feed for Rakestraw

Favorite films

Recent activity


Recent reviews

  • Collective: Unconscious

    Collective: Unconscious 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2016

    The mere suggestion of new work from the likes of Carbone, Decker, Wolkstein, Bodomo and Baldwin is enticing enough to overcome any aversion to dream-telling.

    One must be able to move past the pointlessness of the threading device, talking-head trance induction interludes which quickly prompted regret and anxiety within me for downgrading that disinterest to curiosity, in order to fully appreciate the short film parade that awaits before them. Like any omnibus film project some sections are more interesting or…

  • Deliverance

    Deliverance 1972

    ★★★½ Rewatched 07 Aug, 2016

    It's been awhile since I've seen this one and this time around, I noticed how much of a dick Burt Reynolds' character is. Sooooo, that compound fracture moment was rather rewarding.

Popular reviews

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2013 9

    Often times certain films hold a special place in my heart, as I am sure the same can be said of almost everyone else. My memory of The Royal Tenenbaums involves a group of friends driving one hour (both ways) to Baltimore to catch it at the Charles Theater. At the time, that was the only way to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, since growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, one did not have the opportunity to see…

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Apr, 2014

    If you're ready for 3 hours of floundering in filth, staggerstumbling through the muck and mire shitscape that is Akanar, swathed in an incomprehensible steamfog, perpetually rolling through the frame, enveloping everyone and everything...Medieval times as alien...future as past...cyclical oppression and barbarinism shot through documentarian-observer style with reportage style camerawork showcasing cultural and academic destitution where the townfolk administer ladlefulls of a lacquerlike substance over an endless array of noosehung bodies transforming the swaying corpses into public ornaments sparkling in…