Christian Molenaar

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Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees
  • Videodrome
  • Dog Star Man

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  • Dark Skies

    ★★★

  • Maborosi

    ★★★★

  • Night of the Comet

    ★★★½

  • Russian Ark

    ★★★★

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  • Cockazoid

    Cockazoid

    ★★★★

    Both of B.R. Yeager's novels are masterpieces of a particular strain of doomed contemporary ennui brought on by the horrifically alienating worlds surrounding his characters, so it should come as no surprise his first screenplay channels the same anxieties. What is a surprise is how well those feelings translate into a film, thanks in no small part to a brilliantly committed performance by Jimmy Laine. Verdi's direction stages the bleak tone from the outset, though the film really hits its…

  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse

    Resident Evil: Apocalypse

    ★★½

    Shoots itself in the foot right off the bat by dropping every one of Anderson's formal strategies which made the first film a success (minus the cold, steely mise en scene) in favor of the most generic 2004 action movie styling imaginable. Still, whenever the editing backs off and lets a sequence play out without cutting it to ribbons this is a fun time. Witt tries to dress up the story but there just isn't enough substance for the end…

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  • FearDotCom

    FearDotCom

    ★★★★½

    Simultaneously the most 2000s horror movie while also charting its own territory somewhere totally unique—an internet-based slasher procedural trapped in an endless maze of high gothic neo-German expressionist sets. The screenplay is beyond moronic (feardotcom.com) but the film’s observations about a video-obsessed online culture fixated on spreading viral content—a culture that had yet to even come about in 2002–hit far harder today than could have been possible at the time of release. Coupled with the genuine aesthetic brilliance on display,…

  • In the Dark

    In the Dark

    ★★★★½

    Super endearing no-budget Richard Laymon adaptation by DePaul University (??) students that thankfully surpasses the source material, rewriting much of the original dialogue and changing the ending for something less upbeat and more ambiguous. I'll readily admit to harboring a soft spot for any kind of broke SOV trash, but in spite of technically fitting the bill by its means, In the Dark is its own beast: inventive and creepy like a Kiyoshi Kurosawa picture yet unafraid to embrace its…