Andrew Draper

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Favorite films

  • It Follows
  • The Witch in the Window
  • The Empty Man
  • The Night House

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  • Are You in the House Alone?

  • Knocking

  • Lady Frankenstein

    ★★½

  • Metropolitan

    ★★★★½

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  • Premature

    Premature

    ★★★½

    Only a month ago that I saw this and I couldn't tell you much about how it ended. So there's limits on how memorable an experience it will give you, in terms of plot, but as a movie with vivid characters and a strong atmosphere this one is aces. It's all about Zora Howard, a talented young playwright who is also an incredibly powerful performer — she co-wrote the movie with director Rashaad Ernesto Greene and also plays Ayanna, the…

  • The Inhabitant

    The Inhabitant

    ★★★★

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

    Scary Movies XI.

    Very deliberately putting this review behind the spoiler veil.

    There are potential triggers in this movie that viewers would ideally be aware of beforehand; unfortunately, to forewarn the viewer is also to spoil the movie. Christian theology and Roman Catholic iconography are a big part of the movie's second half; there are also onscreen (though brief, and not especially graphic) depictions of sexual assault against children. And of course sexual assault with overtones of spiritual abuse (where…

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  • Lisa Frankenstein

    Lisa Frankenstein

    ★★★½

    It's 1989 and Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton) is a suburban girl forced to learn, after her mother's violent death, that grief makes you weird. She lives, more or less reluctantly, with her father in the home of his new wife, a horridly smug nurse, named Janet (Carla Gugino) and Janet's daughter Taffy (Liza Soberano). Taffy is determined to help Lisa to fit in at school, but Lisa isn't much interested. She would rather while away her unwanted hours in an…

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★½

    Watched with Leah (though we were each in our own homes). (Fuck COVID.)

    I believe if there's any kind of God it wouldn't be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between.

    Leah picked it in honor of Valentine's Day. So I began the day listening to Amy's reflection on love and memory and fresh starts in Eternal Sunshine never even suspecting that I would end it with this. And I never suspected…

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  • No Reservations

    No Reservations

    ★★★

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

    It's probably a mediocre movie in the final analysis, but it contains one scene that is priceless to me, and part of its immeasurable worth, for me, is that it provides a kind of iconography for the notion of a masculinity that's healthy and potentially healing.

    Aaron Eckhart plays a man who is really good at what he does but has retained all the spontaneity and even goofiness of a boy. He doesn’t fade into the scenery and he projects…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    Subgenres of the thriller genre:

    1. the thriller as art film, where the artist cannot stoop to actually thrilling his audience

    2. the thriller as philosophical rubbernecking, where we are invited to meditate upon the nature of evil — as severed heads roll our way

    3. the thriller as pastiche of esoteric pop-culture references

    4. the redundant thriller, either a remake of a good thriller or adaptation of a good novel, or both

    My highest praise of Collateral is that…