nocturnalduck has written 20 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Ikiru


    "in any case, his enthusiasm was a bit over the top."

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    everything in this is pointedly engineered to leave as much of a jet-black and mucus flavored aftertaste in your mouth as possible.

  • The Aviator's Wife

    The Aviator's Wife

    moving both backwards and forwards in time.

  • Euphoria: Trouble Don't Last Always

    Euphoria: Trouble Don't Last Always

    review is for the entire show:


    unpacking my feelings about this. let's see.

    "reviewing" "content" is at its core a vehicle to socially signal traits about yourself. i write things on letterboxd and assign things star ratings to signal aspects about me to you. if you like the vibe you get, you like my reviews, "follow" me, and long-term i either get the validation of knowing that someone thinks that my personality is worthy of valuing and attention, or…

  • Everybody Knows

    Everybody Knows

    everybody repressing labyrinthine and destabilizing rationalization hamster wheels in overexposed images with no depth and almost complete airtight insularity is actually a pretty good representation of contemporary first world life.

  • The Sheltering Sky

    The Sheltering Sky

    the perfect three categories of all humanity.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    this seemed good, but lowery comes from the nolan school of sound mixing, and the theater i watched this in had terrible speakers. which means i understood a third of the dialogue at best. the fact that this left a generally positive impression despite this is probably a good sign.

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    in an era of sickly and cowardly "reclamations of the myth", there is something essential, vital even, about a historic work that presents it in brutal and bloody totality.

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    unironically my life manifesto in movie form.

  • Wild Grass

    Wild Grass

    "after the cinema, nothing surprises you. anything can happen. it doesn't surprise you. anything can happen as naturally as possible."

  • Providence


    third person getting subsumed into first person getting subsumed into second person. the only people in the room are me and you.

  • Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime

    Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime

    appropriating the prismatic nature of reality to shape, define, control our lives, but finding that causation always lies just outside our grasp. she's never coming back and that's okay. endings are only a product of our inability to sensorially perceive space-time. the past is present is eternal. it will never be seen again but it will always be.