Musa Chaudhry

Just a pigeon doing somersaults in a cemetery full of tomahawks

Favorite films

  • Sucker Punch
  • Cloud Atlas
  • F9
  • So Close

Recent activity

  • Polite Society


  • Frozen II


  • John Wick: Chapter 4


  • The Covenant


Pinned reviews

  • Ms .45

    Ms .45


    This is not a movie about a woman going "insane" after being raped twice within the span of maybe an hour or two. Thana does not lose her sanity. She becomes angry. And the bang of a gunshot acts as her voice. A gutteral, scratching scream into the void as she loses her patience. A shy woman with no voice creates one with her attacker's weapon. She takes control of the gaze thrust upon her by men, taking control of…

  • Halloween II

    Halloween II


    This is a movie that takes Laurie Strode's trauma, and it doesn't attempt to put it into a pretty, easy to consume package. Michael Myers and his killing spree has damaged her in multiple ways, and we see that on screen in a way that feels authentic and human. I remember that being one of the major criticisms of the film, that Laurie isn't "likeable" enough. She's too bitchy or whatever, as if almost being killed by a psycho isn't…

Recent reviews

  • John Wick: Chapter 4

    John Wick: Chapter 4


    Here’s the thing… this movie is too long, there’s no denying it. However, if da Vinci is painting the Mona Lisa, you’re not gonna stop him halfway through to tell him to use a different shade of yellow. John Wick: Chapter 4 is a momentous achievement in action filmmaking that indulges in a filmmaker’s pure and unadulterated vision, and why the fuck would we want anything different? Isn’t this what makes movies special? Every flaw within this movie is a…

  • The Covenant

    The Covenant


    Guy Ritchie in his Wrath of Man bag. What he does with the editing and how it interplays with the score to build to crescendos is sublime, and the enormity of the emotional crucible is intensely realized, creating a picture of intense scope and intense intimacy, as two men wrestle with their inferiority and how that informs their actions. Ritchie isn’t interested in the socio-political scope of the war on terror and he isn’t making a sweeping condemnation of it.…

Popular reviews

  • A Vigilante

    A Vigilante


    This is not a movie that exploits female pain for a cathartic revenge power fantasy. It does not fetishize violence to give us a cathartic sense of relief and victory. Instead, this is a movie that explores the trauma and violence inflicted upon its victims, told squarely from the victim's point of view. We arrive at the scene just before violence or just after, but the movie never shows the physical act of domestic violence, because it does not want…

  • Hamilton



    "Immigrants, we get the job done." And then they high five, and the audience cheers, and I absolutely loathed that pandering bullshit as it reframes the story of a founding father as this rags-to-riches immigrant story designed to assuage the white liberals in the audience, who can afford the tickets, of their guilt. A revisionist history only in name, revising the skin color of the founding fathers without revising the actual history (omitting history is not the same thing as…