watches movies sometimes
into period dramas, horror, and fantasy
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992
Rewatched because I’m reading Dracula right now. It’s still so effortlessly delectable, so beautifully sleazy, so,,,, Keanu-Reeves’-bad-acting. It’s surprisingly very faithful to the original story, and the additional romantic subplot sort of actually narratively improves upon the source material for a movie adaptation.
On every rewatch I love it more, even for its flaws and certain lackluster elements. The opulently Victorian Gothic aesthetic I imagine from the book is perfected to a tee, and as I’m reading the original novel…
Joan the Maid I: The Battles 1994
Adored the realism and the documentary-esque style. Apparent budget constraints aside, the sacrosanctity of Joan’s zealous life is relayed quietly, in mostly interior shots limited to a few characters; the movie often blurs the line between grounded theater and dramatized film. It’s unfortunate that this movie will be initially disavowed by some for its lack of truly bloody violence (you’d assume with a title like “the battles,” there would be a fulfilling amount of action, but the title is definitely more internal than external). Nonetheless, Les Batailles is a great reminder, narratively and composition-wise, that there is divinity in banality.
Branded to Kill 1967
Horrible. He didn’t even fuck the boiled rice.
One star because it’s hilarious and I enjoyed every second of it even though it’s an objectively atrocious piece of shit 💯
Before Midnight 2013
Watching all three movies in this trilogy in one sitting is the most emotionally harmful thing I’ve done in like. a month