RSS feed for karamashi

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Paperhouse

    Paperhouse

    ★★★½

    Nice little fantasy film with some distinguished moments and evocative shots. Has quite the shattering and scary moment when the nightmare father figure just appears on the horizon. When Anna calls out to him and how he responds is so closely like realizing you are having a nightmare--its really scary. For some reason, the end of it didn't quite work for me but I still enjoyed it.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★

    Stylish but seemingly hollow in a “choose your own subtext” kind of way. Prometheus? Homoeroticism? Divinity? Power Dynamics between Bros? Heck you could really see it as one long “okay boomer” gag if you choose to. Whichever you wanna go with, doesn’t really seem to matter much, as the film feels like all flavor, heavy on the references but not as snarky as other indie darlings. Stellar performances tho!

Popular reviews

More
  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★

    Okay A24--we're done. No more of these half-realized genre pics, technical exercise, calling cards. May Under The Skin remain the only great film you've released(okay and Spring Breakers).

    So what's wrong with Hereditary? It's cynical but not so obviously at first. The first half begins with quite an unexpected plot point and builds upon it with an eerie, grief felt, and almost at the edge of tears/laughter kind of atmosphere. It is refreshing that the film doesn't cheaply go for…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

    What’s the point of ripping off great trash and presenting it as something semi-serious? You don’t honestly think you can febreeze the stink out of the air when all you are doing is blowing hot air out of your ass? So you’ve seen The Wickerman and you love cults but do nothing interesting, new, or subversive with the tropes and cliches. You trot them out and dress them up, hoping some perfect shot idiot is ready with their camera to screenshot…