Persephone has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2021.

  • They Look Like People

    They Look Like People


    A film that wasn’t working much for me until at the last minute it really really did. The movie’s empathy and the incredibly directed, richly dreadful finale elevate what otherwise was a bit of a middling experience for me.

    Homie of the year award goes to Christian, who, despite being a bit of an asshole with a milquetoast machismo thing going on, really steps up to help a friend in crisis in what awkward but committed way he can

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night


    Hits a bit different in 2021

  • They Remain

    They Remain


    Loved the anarchic, playful sensibility of its editing and visual style. It really commits to be off-kilter and disorienting, even the beauty is a little jarring. Unfortunately, it’s one thing to be underdeveloped, but it sets up so many interesting threads that the movie isn’t prepared to answer. I like ambiguity but most of the implications are not paid off (or not paid off) meaningfully. Yet the implications that work are intriguing and bold enough to make you want more meat on and marrow in the bones

  • Hold the Dark

    Hold the Dark


    A film that makes a lot of bold narrative choices I really want to like but never quite coheres in a way where any of them are particularly successful. There’s a lot to talk about, from the seeming inscrutability of animal behavior to the way the way the land is inextricable from the murder which lay frozen in its bones to the ways we devour each other across generations. I could talk for a long time about the incredibly interesting…

  • Lace Crater

    Lace Crater


    Not really sure how I felt about the hipster mumblecore slice-of-life drama but the impressionistic choppy hauntings, everything with the ghost, and the last twenty minutes oddly really clicked for me.

    Who among us has not been Ruth yelling “I didn’t do anything wrong!!” at your shitty friends who threw you to the wolves for some perceived social infraction that will never be explained to you and almost certainly didn’t happen. Who among us went to a liberal arts college

  • Tag



    What if The Matrix…was about gender ;~)

    Sion Sono has made precisely one good movie about the male gaze and it’s Antiporno….in which the themes of the male gaze were the worst part. 

    He took his perfectly good movie and made it a bad Black Mirror episode 

    It gets an extra star for the manic Sion Sono style, how gay it is, and a few solid gnarly moments.

  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil


    Real complicated feelings on this one tbh. When it’s a slapstick pitch-black horror-comedy it mostly works. Watching super serial killer Bad Cooper get fucked up over and over is nasty fun. But it’s overly long, deeply unpleasant to the core, and often tested my patience. It doesn’t lean into the murder cartoon comedy shit hard enough and consistently enough to blunt the lurid sadism and sexual violence, and it doesn’t have enough going on thematically to make the brutality feel…

  • 30 Days of Night

    30 Days of Night


    A lean and basic but suitably nasty survival horror thriller with an ending so silly I had to take a half star off for how bad it tanked the tone and atmosphere.

  • Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

    Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo


    The moral of the story is: get a little bold with it, stop leering at 14 year old girls, and put some gay boys on a piano with oceans of blood in the background, I’ll give you another half star at least.

    Plot details became soup to me after a while but despite its flaws, this was the first piece of Evangelion media I’ve enjoyed since End Of Eva.