Favorite films

  • Possession
  • La Commune (Paris, 1871)
  • A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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  • Riotsville, USA

    ★★★★

  • One Missed Call

    ★★★

  • Jurassic World Dominion

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

    ★★

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  • Men

    Men

    ★★★½

    "Sometimes, it seems mind boggling that a movie ends up getting a major release in theaters.

    The wide release of Men makes sense on its face: It's an A24 distributed horror movie from acclaimed director Alex Garland, who had a huge pandemic hit with his TV series Devs and two genre fan favorites, Ex Machina and Annihilation, the latter of which is one of the best films of the 2010s.

    But when you see Men, it feels blatantly noncommercial: huge…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    This review contains slight spoilers for Everything Everywhere All At Once

    The multiverse theory – the idea that there are an infinite number of parallel universes and thus an infinite number of different versions of our world – is a fun premise for speculative fiction.

    It allows artists to imagine fundamentally transformed worlds that are weird, spooky and surreal, yet nonetheless eerily familiar. It opens up new vistas for visual and narrative experimentation, and creates space to explore different political,…

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  • Riotsville, USA

    Riotsville, USA

    ★★★★

    Sometimes a movie feels specifically and personally made for you, but then sometimes you spend a half decade writing researching and publishing a book and in that book you talk about how you wish there was more information and record of events that the documentarian has tracked down extensive archival footage of.

  • One Missed Call

    One Missed Call

    ★★★

    Kinda climaxes twice and after each climax the movie kinda meanders for a while and it ends maybe 4 times and it has way too much Ringu-era ghost mystery solving but those two climaxes absolutely slap

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★

    Looking at the ratings on this site it's very clear the straights are not ok.

    This is an edgelord anti-feminist manic pixie dream girl wank fest and it's fucking dull as hell.

    Thinks that are thought by our protagonist:

    "In the age of #metoo, can you be a feminist and enjoy giving head?"

    (Revealing her 'darkest secret'): "I like to have sex with a flaccid penis, so I can be responsible for making it hard"

    "How come we never talk…

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★

    After the incredibly huge amount of praise this film has received, in the months following my first viewing at the Philadelphia Film Festival in October, including from many critics i usually agree with and always respect, I thought I would watch it again. Surely I missed something!

    This was a bad choice. But it did result in a long form essay, published in AJ+ subtext and copied below, as well as our Rom-com episode of Cerise and Vicky Rank the…