Ryan Hertel

I watch a lot of different movies and review them as @NudityAndExplosions on Instagram. Converse with me!

Favorite films

  • Nosferatu
  • Clerks
  • The Return of the Living Dead
  • Freddy Got Fingered

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  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★★½

  • The Viewing

    ★★★★

  • Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

  • The Menu

    ★★★★½

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  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★★½

    There’s a lot here: communal and personal grief, late effects of colonization, fighting between the colonized, greed for resources amongst world superpowers, and so much more.

    Also, there are: neat robots, badass warriors, Mayan as hell shit, African as hell shit, like 5 of the best actors out there all hanging out, and Bilbo Baggins bickering with Elaine Benes.

    Parts of this are a slog to get through, but it’s still one of the best Marvel films in the last…

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

    Sam Shepard. Harry Dean Stanton. Nastassja Kinski. Dean Stockwell. Wim Wenders. Together, they made perfection.

    This movie is a poem. Every single part is placed perfectly to create the perfect composition. Harry Dean can monologue like a real sumbitch too.

    Nudity?: Some, but mostly avoided by prevention of sweater removal - Explosions?: Storytime splosions!

    Criterion Challenge 2022: Week 45 - Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman's Closet Picks

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  • Cut Piece

    Cut Piece

    ★★★★

    This is a powerhouse in feminist performance art. The premise is simple. Yoko puts on a nice suit, goes out on stage with a pair of scissors, and sits quietly, waiting for audience members to come up and snip off a piece of her clothes and take it with them.

    At first the audience is hesitant, punctuating the silence with nervous laughter, clapping, and a few awkward noises. Some of the members look almost somber, while a few look proud…

  • The Burning Bed

    The Burning Bed

    ★★★

    In 2020, it is crazy to imagine that when this movie premiered, over 50% of the television audience watched it at the same time. Now it would be lucky to make a small splash, partially due to the wider variety of options and maybe more so due to the decades of Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies that have followed it. At this point, this movie would be considered cliché and unspectacular without the context that it was one of the…