nocturnalduck has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2021.

  • 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.