nocturnalduck has written 3 reviews for films rated ★½ during 2020.

  • The Butcher

    The Butcher

    this is as good of an example as any of how subdued doesn't inherently equal nuanced. stupid genre movie that also decides to be as muted/restrained as possible for some reason, which is unfortunate because some of the shots in this are pretty cool.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    doesn't push the familial collapse plotline nearly far enough for how underdeveloped the rest of it is.

  • Peppermint Candy

    Peppermint Candy

    i have very little patience for this type of detached, neoacademic "[person x] is a metaphor for [country y] over the years" thing and the lack of dynamism in lee's camera only exacerbates the problem. has a few moments where it shows signs of a pulse but overall a misfire.