nightmaterial

Anything I watched pre-2017 has not been logged

Favourites are the best of recent watches

Favorite films

  • Fourteen
  • In the City of Sylvia
  • Blow-Up
  • The Last Days of Disco

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  • No Time to Die

    ★★★

  • Elephant

    ★★★

  • Le Bonheur

    ★★★½

  • Sadko

    ★★

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  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★

    The figure of Reverend Harry Powell casts a long shadow across The Night of the Hunter, Laughton’s ode to German Expressionism and those alien soundstages that heighten the fight between the Biblical forces of good and evil. Never forget that the devil knows scripture better than any man, and Powell’s charismatic moulding of Southern religiosity for his own ends is so indicative of man’s capacity for deep evil while cloaked in sheep’s clothing, nothing is sacred that cannot be corrupted…

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★½

    For a thespian as idiosyncratic as Nic Cage, he really deserved more from this supposed celebration of his life than a calculated and crowd-pleasing romp through a smorgasbord of Hollywood action-movie clichés. In a bid to be as accessible as possible, the magic of Nic Cage as a presence is only superficially translated on screen where we're given only the broadest strokes about his eccentricities and hammy delivery that fail to capture the complex layers that make him so versatile…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★½

    The breakout hit of 2022, Everything Everywhere All at Once’s melding of in-vogue multiversal shenanigans and unabashed heart on sleeve sincerity have catapulted it to the top of the Letterboxd charts where for once a multiversal blockbuster seems focused on the limitless possibilities of such a concept rather than simply cramming marketable IPs together with little thought besides nostalgia and audience recognition.

    On that front, Everything Everywhere All at Once mostly delivers a high-concept action extravaganza by irreverently tossing aside…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★½

    A much more meditative look at disability than I expected based on the premise, Sound of Metal skips over the cliched denial and downward spiral to tell a moving story about addiction and the necessity of moving on. There were so many opportunities for this movie to take the easy road and indulge in unnecessary melodrama like Ruben trying to hide his deafness, his secret use of Joe’s laptop, his revelation that he’s had the operation or finding himself alone…