NotASexyVamp

NotASexyVamp

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27, he/him. Spectacularly awkward gay pop culture nerd with Asperger's. Would be writer/filmmaker but too lazy and/or self-conscious.

Favorite films

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Querelle
  • The Company of Wolves
  • Taekwondo

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  • Butterfly

    ★★★★

  • South Park: Post Covid

    ★★★

  • Paprika

    ★★★★★

  • Twelve Tales Told

    ★★★★

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  • Paprika

    Paprika

    ★★★★★

    Satoshi Kon's Paprika means a lot to me. I first saw it in Year 12 from a library DVD copy that took months to arrive and was badly scratched. Even in that form, I fell in love with it. I showed it to my parents again the very next day and they didn't understand it. But in the colours, the nightmares and the overwhelming beauty, I found something I'd been missing.

    I've had social anxiety all my life and by…

  • The Deer King

    The Deer King

    ★★½

    Decided to use this as an excuse to catch up with a best friend which was good because the film itself is only average. Sporting influences from Princess Mononoke and a hundred other generic anime, this doesn't do enough to distinguish itself. Curious to read the novel which might have provided more depth than the stock characters that populate the film. Maybe my expectations for fantasy anime are unreasonably high at the moment, given my current adoration of Ranking Of…

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  • Coded Bias

    Coded Bias

    ★★½

    Coded Bias might be the most timely and relevant film I see at MIFF2020 but I found the execution hamfisted and uncinematic. Makes sweeping generalisations with little evidence to back it up and it's moments of visual invention are cringeworthy (the female HAL riff is especially awful). Charismatic interview subjects, especially Buolamwini, but they deserve better than this film. I think my big problem is it eventually becomes about more than bias in software and algorithms (which is incredibly interesting,…

  • Forbidden Letters

    Forbidden Letters

    ★★★★★

    Been trying to think of the right words to talk about Forbidden Letters for a couple days now. After seeing the new restoration on PinkLabel.tv, I was blown away. Each scene has complex thematic exploration and is visually stunning.

    Forbidden Letters is a film about distance, longing and being closeted even when you're out and proud. Richard has been in prison for a year, while his boyfriend Larry waits and remembers. Today is the day Richard is released. They've had…