Martin Ralya

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Favorite films

  • Midsommar
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Empire Strikes Back

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  • Valentine

    ★★½

  • Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

  • The Marvels

    ★★½

  • Blazing Saddles

    ★★★½

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  • Bad Taste

    Bad Taste

    ★★★★½

    "Shut up, codpiece face."

    Bad Taste is a joyful, exuberant romp and a genuinely great B movie. The dialogue is alternately sharp and intentionally, delightfully dumb. The gore is fantastic. It's exactly what it sets out to be.

    Derek (Peter Jackson), A.I.D.S. agent:
    ✓ convinces an alien he's shooting him by making gun noises
    ✓ makes gun noises while actually shooting him
    ✓ blasts a huge hole in the alien's stomach
    ✓ sticks his Uzi through it
    ✓ blows away…

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★½

    Aguirre is incredible. I knew I was going to love it from the opening shot, which is itself incredible: vertiginous mountains, fog, haunting score, strangers in a strange land.

    This is the story of a doomed, futile exercise of hubris in pursuit of a lie, which ultimately serves only to produce misery. Among the many metaphors that drive this home, my favorite is the sedan chairs: You know who brings sedan chairs into the Andes? People who have no idea…

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  • Valentine

    Valentine

    ★★½

    The laughably bad dialogue is both the worst thing about this movie and part of its charm. Everyone constantly uses everyone else's name, courtesy of the School of Lazy Screenwriting, but actual humans just don't talk that way.

    As a slasher, it's pretty humdrum but cheesy enough to be kind of cute.

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    My sixth viewing of my favorite Tarantino movie. As I often do when I'm this deep into rewatches, I had fun spotting new details: a possible significance to the handkerchief M. LaPadite uses to wipe his face; a likely reason for the film's titular squad, seen on a rifle stock; and the foreshadowing present in every movie poster seen at the theater.

    Alongside those details, and soaking in Robert Richardson's impeccable cinematography, I focused on little elements of the actors'…

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  • Infra Red Fred

    Infra Red Fred

    ★★½

    This early Edgar Wright short is like Click, but as a Vine, many years before either of those things existed.

  • Tales of the Black Freighter

    Tales of the Black Freighter

    ★★★½

    One of my favorite elements of the Watchmen comic is the way Alan Moore intercuts the in-universe comic Tales of the Black Freighter with the comic you're reading.

    It feels odd at first, but as the story progresses parallels become clear, and by the end they're practically marching in lock-step -- despite one being a lurid, EC Comics-like pirate story and the other being a serious, moving deconstruction of superheros as a concept and as people.

    Seeing it intercut with the film, as it is in Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut, was a treat. As it does in the comic, it adds a lot to the movie.