• Perfect Days

    Perfect Days

    A film of quiet routines that invites comparisons to Jeanne Dielman in both its meticulousness - very small details are kept consistent throughout, filling the routines with a precision that speaks volumes of the character and the filmmaker - and its working class perspective. Unlike Chantal Akerman's exploration of women's oppression, this film seems instead seems to celebrate the quiet, the solitude, the simple pleasures Hirayama experiences; there are moments that seem to heavily romanticize his life and moments that…

  • The Double 0 Kid

    The Double 0 Kid

    A good film to just list its qualities:

    * Sub-Hackers-level computer graphics for its hacking sequences
    * Bad computer science
    * Great character actors with nothing to work with
    * Bad lead actors with nothing to work with
    * More uses of the word "shit" than I expected from what at first seemed like a kid's movie
    * A soundtrack that rips off every 80s teen and action movie
    * Nonsensical plot that doesn't need to make sense
    * Alligators…

  • The True Adventures of Wolfboy

    The True Adventures of Wolfboy

    I can personally attest to the reality of those who actually love a missing person being better than the cops at finding them. I am not saying not to call the cops if your loved one goes missing, but I am saying that their job is not to serve you. They aren't really good at helping people; often times, they will cause more harm than good. Do whatever it is you need to do to find them, but know if…

  • Werewolf Bitches from Outer Space

    Werewolf Bitches from Outer Space

    It may be a misanthropic mess of a movie, but at least it takes time to mostly hate on cops. For every sublime moment of werewolf violence there's another of disgusting gross-out humor. For every biting portrayal of Wall Street or the pigs, there's a bizarrely homophobic segment of nonsense. It's incoherent, but that might be its greatest strength. Great music, though.

  • Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

    Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

    The digital effects are better in this than Bassett's other films, either because she had more budget or because they weren't going for a realistic feel - the whole point here is how unrealistic, how fantastical the beings are. The story is a bit convoluted, which might be clearer if I had ever played the games, and the performances are dull or unsurprising - Malcolm McDowell's stood out as disappointingly expected. Do something more interesting with your dire padded room…

  • Endangered Species

    Endangered Species

    The expressed goal of this film is to support conservationism, but it really fails to send that message. By using the wild animals as the source of danger in the film, they don't exact villainize them, but they don't really sell their argument, either. The message of "humans don't belong in the wilderness" is appended in the context of the film with the modifier "unprepared", thus diluting the message further, since part of what is expressed as being "prepared" is…

  • Rogue

    Rogue

    The problem with indulging in action and horror clichés is that their predictability sometimes renders boring what should be suspenseful. As soon as he loses sight of the lion (doesn't matter which he), you know what's gonna happen to him. Dragging it out is irritating. This film is a militaristic, imperialist bloodbath of a movie that handwaves its racism with superficial attempts to avoid its racism, finding more sympathy for bad CGI animals (I love kitties, but that hideous abomination…

  • Wilderness

    Wilderness

    A halfway decent slasher is hiding underneath the generic garbage this is saddled with. There's some gore and violence in this that is artfully crafted, and the use of dogs adds a level of discomfort to the story that is much edgier than I expected. They don't manage to make the characters interesting - not always a death sentence in a slasher, but it doesn't help here - and it has an apparent military worship going on that sours the…

  • Body of Evidence

    Body of Evidence

    Why set this in a courtroom? It almost feels like the writers wanted a regular legal drama but felt they had to throw in the erotic thriller elements. But the courtroom parts drag the film down, especially with their attention to random legal details that no one cares about. While that could be a strength if used for characterization like in My Cousin Vinny, it's a weakness here where the main focus should be on the thriller elements. The sex scenes are a bit more inventive than your standard erotic thriller, and the absurd interplay between the characters is over-the-top enough to be fun to watch.

  • Starman

    Starman

    There are moments where Jenny's reactions to the Starman feel very real - when she's crying "kidnapping" especially - early on, and there are moments where her reactions baffled me, but only for a while. Somewhere before his miraculous powers sway her, it hit me like a ton of heartache that if Kaylie's clone showed up at my doorstep inexplicably, I would do everything in my power not to question it, that I would fight the reasonable panic, confusion, and…

  • Rhubarb

    Rhubarb

    A relentlessly absurd live-action cartoon of a screwball movie, it's best to simply take this as seriously as it takes itself. I can't decide if my favorite part - other than the kitty - was the fact that there's a guy named Doom (who isn't a cartoon villain) or the fact that the resolution of the film involves a woman wandering around sniffing gangsters.

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    Before I get into the film, I want to object to the Letterboxd description of this film: I object to the characterization of the Duke, the Bishop, the Magistrate, and the President as "corrupt". The function of the fascist state is to protect the bourgeoisie from the people's justice. It is a terroristic form of government designed to keep any and all resistance to oppression, well, oppressed. It is to protect the capitalist system, but the system is made up…