Persephone has written 15 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2021.

  • Ms .45

    Ms .45

    ★★★★

    Shooting rapists set to jazz sharp enough to stab you is always a treat

  • Saint-Narcisse

    Saint-Narcisse

    ★★★★

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

    Howling over how this movie about long-lost identical twins fucking each other and killing a sexually abusive priest ends with a bisexual incest montage set to the song Family Affair.

  • Cryptozoo

    Cryptozoo

    ★★★★

    I have some questions about the presentation of some of its political allegories* but have you seen this shit it’s fucking beautiful, outrageously beautiful, like the sheer craft and color and imagination on display here goddamn

    *I love its critique of incrementalism and the white savior complex, I’m just still turning over it presents some of its ideas and how effective they are at accomplishing their intentions

  • What Keeps You Alive

    What Keeps You Alive

    ★★★★

    You ever survive an abusive lesbian relationship because that’s what this film feels like. One of the most profoundly, personally unsettling movies I’ve seen in some time, and also deeply cathartic.


    Also the black light scene was fucking sick.

  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    ★★★★

    Bo Burnham fumbles, improvs, and disassociates his way through multiple murders by the sheer power of “pants-shitting determination”, luck, and a handful of people who feel bad enough for him to help him along on his ill-conceived revenge. 

    There’s something very compelling about a guy who disassociated his life away into the blue ruin of the sea, a frightened little fish flopping his way back on land in the desperate, futile hope of forcing closure for a violence everyone else…

  • The Last Matinee

    The Last Matinee

    ★★★★

    A gorgeous and gruesome little giallo with more than a few eyes for style

  • The Void

    The Void

    ★★★★

    A 3.5/5 script with 5/5 behemoth abominations of rent flesh, gore, and wretched vibes

  • The Bloodhound

    The Bloodhound

    ★★★★

    We had a substitute teacher in English class today. His name was Yorgos Lanthimos. He went through the entirety of “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” in one class. Honestly, it kinda ruled.

  • Kill List

    Kill List

    ★★★★

    The beginning really tested my patience but Martin McDonagh hitmen do The Wicker Man with a commitment to bone-cracking brutality and a jarring affect really warmed me up to Kill List. It didn’t always click with me and doesn’t completely hold together but when it works—more and more often as the film goes on—it’s wicked fucking sharp.

  • Noroi: The Curse

    Noroi: The Curse

    ★★★★

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

    Not gonna forget that extremely Bloodborne shot of a ghost girl wearing a writhing gown of fetuses. A slow-burn but when it gets going it throws down.

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★

    All Cops Are Bad at their fucking jobs. 

    This movie did more to catch the real life serial killer the movie is about than the actual real police

  • Nowhere

    Nowhere

    ★★★★

    “In the last 18 hours, I’ve seen four people get abducted by a space alien, watched Ducky try to drown himself, plus I spent like 387 bucks on CDs“

    I wanna fuck. I want to die. I want to fucking die and I just want someone to love me. The real me. It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel FINE.