Mercy Barrial

artist | visual storyteller | dancer | film & feminism

Favorite films

  • Black Swan
  • A Ghost Story
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Truman Show

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  • Brokeback Mountain

    ★★★½

  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

  • Pacific Rim

    ★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

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  • Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    ★★★½

    "It's nobody's business but ours."

    A beloved landmark for queer cinema, Brokeback Mountain attempts to balance questions of identity, repression, shame, and loneliness against the neo-western backdrop of Wyoming in the early '60s to late '70s. Known for its acclaim just as much as its controversies, the film was a notable advancement for LGBTQ+ representation among mainstream films, as well as a significant role in both Ledger and Gyllenhaal's developing careers.

    Lee's direction seems intent on subverting our expectations of…

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

    ★★

    "Today, we are canceling the apocalypse."

    Watched this for research purposes in relation to the Mako Mori test and the narrative arcs of female characters. Del Toro's love for his monsters may be as evident as ever, but practically every element feels lackluster here, with dialogue and characters just as uninspired as the overall lack of urgency and consistent tone.

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  • If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power

    If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power

    ★★

    "As your queen, I'm allowed to behave in any way I see fit."

    An overly ambitious creative project overshadowed by an amateur lead performance from Halsey, distractingly abrupt sequencing, and cluttered intentionality. If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power would thrive as a glorified music video or extended visual album, but lacks the thematic substance needed to qualify it as provocative or (at best) memorable.

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    "We can’t stay here forever."

    Daunting in length, but worth every second as a piece of ambitious yet intimate filmmaking. A Brighter Summer Day is a complex yet natural tapestry of life, weaving in and out of conversations and interrelationships. History, culture, and politics collide on a grand scale, yet perfectly complement the slow passing of time and experiences in the life of Si'r.