nocturnalduck has written 86 reviews for films during 2021.

  • The Romanoffs

    The Romanoffs

    ★★★★★

    the construction of the self is just what you desire and the strategies you use to get it. social metanarratives are just the games we get socialized to subconsciously play in pursuit of these things. depending on the complexity of the situation, this can either entail direct conscious manipulation of people, or a reconfiguration of your sense of self built on new narratives that help you align with your objective. the line between these two modes is usually fuzzy and…

  • Hawkeye

    Hawkeye

    no multi-season tv shows on letterboxd = no matt weiner auteurism on letterboxd = no jonathan igla auteurism on letterboxd = duck sad.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    all democrats are the architect and all republicans are agent smith. this tries to duck the inevitable conclusions of the argument it makes which if anything makes it more descriptive of the culture it represents.

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    there's a very extensive essay to be written about various ideological paradigms of socioemotional logistics and increasing neoliberal consolidation into this marketist distillation of "everything" vs the push-and-pull gray line tradeoffs that accompany natural relationships and accurate mental represenations (and hence emotional understandings) of the other that is probably too in depth for this movie. i'll save it for the next rohmer i watch.

  • Opening Night

    Opening Night

    one of the reasons why whiplash was interesting to me was because it was one of the very few things to push back against the conventional liberal narrative that actualization as a social person and an artist are purely symbiotic. the argument that movie makes is purely formal: great drum playing requires elite craft, and getting the level of time-spending and degree of emotional commitment within that time-spending that improving to that point requires will force you to neglect other…

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    it's a tragedy that kieslowski didn't live long enough to artistically mature and learn to embrace his moment-making operatic impulses instead of constantly subduing them for no reason like he does here. his divine comedy trilogy would have been amazing.

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    young precocious pta inching towards the realization that he wants to be making magnolia and not this but not quite at that point yet.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    empty images. unintentionally pulls off what the canyons and a dozen shitty ferrara films try to do.

  • The Rules of the Game
  • The Nun

    The Nun

    this content isn't really rich enough to work super well without leaning into genre trash vibes much more strongly than it does.

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    for as much as this gets [redacted] descriptions of being "serene" and "relaxing", this entire thing is filled wall-to-wall with this overengineered sense of dread. joe is much closer to a lynch type hobbesian liberal critiquing what bad writers would call the "rotten underbelly" of pre-modern socioculture than some carte blanche spiritual humanist. the problem with a lot of it is that joe also does this thing a lot of liberals do where he patronizes down to the conservative ideologies…

  • Dune

    Dune

    christianity.