Z. W. Lewis

Z. W. Lewis

Favorite films

  • Winstanley
  • Hell's Heroes
  • Close Your Eyes
  • The Annunciation

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  • Blood from the Mummy's Tomb

    ★★★

  • Danger Route

    ★★★

  • Station Six-Sahara

    ★★★½

  • Conan the Destroyer

    ★★★

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  • Anyone But You

    Anyone But You

    • Just shockingly inept in almost every department: DOA actors, boring production elements, grating needledrops, and the type of editing that makes me think the editor's politely hiding something. Even the by-the-numbers cinematography doesn't make use of the 2.35 AR, so you're mostly just looking at very colorful nothing the whole time.

    • Also completely tonally bizarre? Not usually a complaint from me, but it gave me whiplash every time this spiritually-PG Disney Channel original movie mentioned genitalia.

    • Despite…

  • Dear Kaita Ablaze

    Dear Kaita Ablaze

    ★★★½

    The prosumer digital camera tracks its subjects with a slight wobble here and a correction in framing there, but Satô’s filmography is filled with these imperfections, often calling the audience’s attention to the very act of recording. Much of his pinku work in the 1980s and ‘90s focused on voyeurs and snuff pornographers operating handheld camcorders; so, shots of the victims of these movies would frequently be matched with a POV shot filmed from the eye of demented desire. It’s…

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  • Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    ★★

    Review for InRO. An excerpt:

    But, even if one accepts that rote political thrillers usually care less about visual appeal and more about images working in favor of the story, Nolan’s script comes up dry. With no-nonsense editing, Nolan cuts from line to line as quickly as possible in order to match the speed of the actors’ performances. No single character seems to have a fleshed-out personality, so each scene devolves into characters finishing each others’ lines in order to…

  • Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★

    But also 5 stars