nocturnalduck has written 9 reviews for films rated ★½ during 2021.

  • 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.

  • The Haunting of Bly Manor

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    precipitously drops in quality after the pilot once mediocre tv directors take over and start trying to replicate the stylistic tics/mannerisms of hypertalented horror auteur mike flanagan.

  • The Canyons

    The Canyons

    i'm so three thousand and eight
    modern society as an empty postmodern simulacrum is so two thousand and late

  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    the snyder equivalent of when clint eastwood makes movies every year and he phones in like invictus to take a year off.

  • The Gleaners and I

    The Gleaners and I

    the juxtaposition between the personal and documentary aspects of this could have been handled much better, probably because there's a playfulness to the whole thing that varda doesn't situationally loosen the reigns on.

  • Bacurau


    watched this per jia zhangke's recommendation on his best of the decade list, but the problem is that you can't replicate jia's depiction of modern capitalism and its exploitative fallout without being able to direct.

  • Rope


    hitch trying to make this a moral message movie ends up sinking it.

  • Same Old Song

    Same Old Song

    resnais's formal experimentation layered over the trifles of the french bourgeoise always runs the risk of feeling inconsequential and empty, but this is the first film of his that actually crosses that line. a rare misfire.

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    tarantino needs to be locked in a room and forced to exclusively make movies about good actors scheming against each other in thematically empty or incoherent premises.