Ryan Johnson

Film fan and theatre/arts critic for Austin Arts Watch and Austin Film Watch, lover of arthouse and foreign fare.

Favorite films

  • In the Mood for Love
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Clue
  • Ginger Snaps

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  • Girl on the Third Floor

    ★★★

  • Creep 2

    ★★★★

  • Creep

    ★★★★

  • Insidious: Chapter 2

    ★★

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  • Girl on the Third Floor

    Girl on the Third Floor

    ★★★

    I'm not sure I'm on Travis Stevens' wavelength. After this Jakob's Wife, I think his style just doesn't particularly work for me, as I love the IDEA of this movie, but the pieces don't always gel. None of the acting is quite up to snuff, the pacing is incredibly strange, and the tone is hard to pin down. Moments I would expect to be serious (such as someone getting killed) don't carry quite enough gravitas, leaving me to wonder if…

  • Creep 2

    Creep 2

    ★★★★

    Has some new ideas to keep things flowing and interesting, and is more well-paced than the first. Lacks a slight bit of the menace for the original, but is much funnier, so in the end comes out to a wash.

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  • The Masque of the Red Death

    The Masque of the Red Death

    ★★★½

    God I love these corny Corman-Price pictures. The colors, the grandeur, the nonsense, it makes the season for me, as much as Bava's gothic gonzoness or Zulawski's intensity. Sure, the Hop-Frog stuff feels tacked on. Sure, it has one dream ballet too many. But all this doesn't matter in the face of this beautiful nonsense.

  • After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

    After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

    ★★★★

    "Kate Bush! Come show me your crybaby t*ts!"

    I like weird. Originality is something that will elevate an otherwise mediocre film to something special, and one of the reasons I love Fantastic Fest. Where else would you see this bizarre tale of a mother and daughter hunting down a killer witch (maybe?) by the name of Kate Bush? It hardly ever makes any sense logically (it is based in something called the Incoherence Doctrine, after all), but if you're willing…