Ryan Kirby

Ryan Kirby

Favorite films

  • American Honey
  • Possession
  • Uncut Gems
  • Perfect Blue

Recent activity

  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones


  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace


  • Return of the Jedi


  • The Empire Strikes Back


Recent reviews

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer


    A movie that deserves its reputation as one of the most disturbing films made, Henry still really shakes me, even on a rewatch.

    Henry rides this razor thin line of exploitation without ever taking the full plunge. There are specks of humanity and pathos sprinkled throughout; yet the film bristles at your attempts to project any sort of hopefulness onto it. Like a predatory animal, this is an attack meant to gut you entirely.

    Unlike a good chunk of its…

  • John Wick

    John Wick


    I think an important detail of this movie that will be increasingly lost as newer generations watch it is that the edgy, brooding, nu-metal aesthetic the whole thing pushes was already ten years out of date by the time this was released; and this is to it's benefit.

Popular reviews

  • Martyrs



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This review is not necessarily heavy on spoilers at all, but nonetheless I recommend against reading it if you haven't seen the movie, because a "pure" experience is pretty important to appreciating this fully.

    Last month, I got a group of friends together and we watched A Serbian Film, after having heard repeatedly that it was the most graphically intense movie of all time. When it was over, I found that it didn't have a profound effect on me, and…

  • I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

    I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is a bit of a black sheep in Park Chan-Wook's filmography, straying away from the dark, gritty tales that he usually gravitates toward in favor of a more lighthearted, comedic affair. Comparison could be drawn to Wes Anderson films or quirky foreign romantic comedies like Amelie, but once you get going into this adventure it becomes clear that it has a style all it's own.

    The plot concerns a mentally devastated girl named Young-Goon,…