nocturnalduck has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2022.

  • Revolutionary Girl Utena

    Revolutionary Girl Utena

    chronically suffers from metaphor writing.

  • The River

    The River

    renoir is trying to do an interesting thing here, but unfortunately the central conceit is built around inhabiting this child-like perspective, and trying to artistically do that without being spiritually eight (lucas, malick) is a recipe for your framing device feeling contrived and inauthentic.

  • Cure

    Cure

    this kind of sparse minimalism doesn't feel creepy to me because that's just how a lot of real life is.

  • A Good Marriage

    A Good Marriage

    the sensibility of this ends up being slightly too slight to habituate itself within the lead's forceful self-perspective.

  • Tabu

    Tabu

    gomes is onto something really great here conceptually, but in practice executing something like this probably requires more sociological and dramaturgical detail work than what he willingly does here. poor director/material synergy.

  • Juliet of the Spirits

    Juliet of the Spirits

    great form ultimately struggles to outweigh fellini diving head-first into complete impressionism without really knowing how to do it. very much the work of a man who had just discovered acid.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    a perfectly scrubbed mechanic, devoid of all fault lines and hidden social dramaturgical projections, finding and intercepting all attempts to socially signal above and below it, a modern machine built for a modern man. all of these artificial social capital boosting "anti-assimilative" assimilative strats are going to be gone in 20 years so hopefully folks can enjoy the tenuous social identarian niches they operate in now before they evaporate.