Persephone has written 11 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2021.

  • She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    A vibes-centric absurdist film about a memetic virus that convinces you of your own imminent death. Very effectively captures the inescapable uncertainty of the 2020s and the awkward precarity of living today when you could die tomorrow wrapped up in the post-breakup malaise. A collection of goodbyes to our senses and the disintegrating relationships which won’t survive this collective, memetic dread.

    You can drift a little in the vagueness of its vibes but when it works it works. I love me a film about memetic viruses and really appreciate a film trying to capture something so abstract yet universal.

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★½

    It’s all fun and games in the space prison Cum Box until the back-to-back rape scenes strike. A strange, disorienting, often cold movie that I think I liked but definitely need to watch again.

  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★½

    Still turning this one over in my mind and going back and forth on it, but ultimately it was kind of cool to see a movie about a survivor who is also unlikeable and has a very complex, nuanced relationship to her experiences with violence. Not all of it works but the central cat-and-mouse game largely provoked in the right ways.

  • Silent Night

    Silent Night

    ★★★½

    Even the fact this was happening to rich people and that the movie was funny did little to blunt the impact of waiting to die after the last few years. The final twist did blunt it a bit. I don’t think it was intentional but antivaxxers are gonna latch on to this one.

  • The Feast

    The Feast

    ★★★½

    It’s kinda like Parasite meets Dogtooth but not quite as good as either of them. Enjoyable and delightfully cutthroat about eating the rich but it’s a little too undercooked for my tastes.

  • Coming Home in the Dark

    Coming Home in the Dark

    ★★★½

    A tense, cruel thriller which is very effective as that. But when it wants to get into violence against kids in “Troubled Teen Facilities” it tries to gesture at Residential Schools and violence against anti-indigenous kids but only really dances around it. It bites off more than it can chew,

  • Roh

    Roh

    ★★★½

    There’s a great movie in here but it’s just too underbaked and difficult to follow for it to emerge bloodsoaked and beautiful from the clay.

    The atmosphere is unsettling and oppressive in the best way and there’s some well-done horror here. It’s worth a watch, but definitely disappointing it wasn’t the great movie that was so close to happening.

  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    That werewolf literally ate her pussy.

    Angry John Mulaney werewolf movie that in the end wants its ACAB cake and eats it too. The final bits work dramatically, but pulls its punches, defanging the critique and playing into copagandic tropes.

    Still liked it overall though.

  • V/H/S/94

    V/H/S/94

    ★★★½

    The best part of this movie is how the kill count is like 90% cops and nazi militia clowns

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★½

    There is a version of this movie where the bones aren’t disjointed and the skin doesn't slouch off the frame between steps. There is a version of this movie where the eye twitches only to the arrhythmia of the immaterial. There is a version of this movie where the signal transmits into you with only the static it intended.

    The transmission we received is rough around the edges and not entirely holistic, but has its finger on the pulse of…

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★½

    This is what we call “hot girl shit” at my synagogue