Persephone has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2021.

  • Baskin

    Baskin

    ★★½

    Don’t get me wrong, I love cops getting fucked up and I love gory freak shit but the haunted house attraction mostly left me cold. As Above, So Below by way of Silent Hill that wants to be Hellraiser but can’t be interesting enough to do it. It looks pretty decent and has its moments—the false escape bathed in red is the highlight—but the style itself has little substance.

  • Come True

    Come True

    ★★½

    A film that gets an extra star for its stylishly unsettling nightmare tableaus, neon glow, that sick goddamn hand monster, and slick synth score but just about completely lost me by shitting the entire bed in the final act.

    It was all over for me and this movie when the guy tells Sarah “you’re smart for your age”, she replies “I’m 18”, and it cuts to them fucking to dreamy synth music. And frankly I’m at least 85% sure the movie doesn’t understand how fucking creepy that is.

  • As Above, So Below

    As Above, So Below

    ★★½

    Maybe the real philosophers stone was inside us all along

  • Frequency

    Frequency

    ★★½

    When I was nine, while sick from school, my dad put on this movie. I haven’t really watched it since then, but I’ve always remembered it, at least nostalgically. Nearly two decades later, it’s a really strange experience to witness.

    It’s a white dad movie. It’s a father-son movie and a baseball movie with a soft-sci-fi twist. A very sentimental movie about an idealized American life that doesn’t really make sense to me, except mythologically. And yet it was strangely…