Recently acquired the Skywalker saga set so I'm going to be watching many of the star wars films in HD for the first time. As I'd hoped I responded to the images in this one a lot more this time around. Stylistically it is still probably my personal least favorite of the first six movies, but it's light years ahead of the force awakens or the last jedi (I'll try my best to go into the sequels with an open…
Obviously a great monster movie, but the star of the experience for me is the nostromo. the quality of the visual design both internally and externally with the ship model space shots is remarkable enough, but the ships articulation through sound design, the cast making everything feel lived in, and the way the pacing lets everything breathe just right to allow us to steep in the technology before the ramping up of the climax really brings it to life. Just one of the most immersive places ever in sci-fi movies
By Hook or by Crook 2001
a cowpunk stream of consciousness ultra lo-fi work of surreal buddy-comedy cinema centered around and created by transmasc/nonbinary friends. there's nothing else like it, and there probably never will be. i feel compelled to get gushy and personal talking about this because it really does feel like a friend to me moreso than maybe any other film i've ever seen, and i was kind of on the verge of breaking down in tears at several points as i watched it tonight.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974
- a masterpiece, and really difficult to discuss coherently, because it's such a purely visceral experience of a film that it evades any real attempts at conceptualizing its essence. when it clicks, its effect can be jaw dropping. artistic intent barely even feels present in terms of how it works and the power it achieves. it feels like it came together through some indifferent, happenstance swirl of elements, like the formation of a storm. it's a summer soaked and grit caked macabre fever dream that just so happens to be constituted by sound design, photography and editing.