Marya E. Gates

There's about 300 films I've seen (mostly short films and rare silents) that are missing from Letterboxd and TMDB. This will forever irk me.

Favorite films

  • Little Women
  • Bright Star
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Crossing Delancey

Recent activity

  • Daydream Therapy


  • Bless Their Little Hearts


  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie


  • Viridiana


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Popular reviews

  • The House

    The House


    All three stories feature characters so obsessed with the house that they forget the most basic truth: a house is not necessarily a home. Cocker supplies a song over the credits with lyrics that underscore this, crooning, “home is where you never feel alone, a house is nothing but a collection of bricks.” However, with a house as magical (or cursed?) as the Van Schoonbeek estate, letting go proves a much harder task than just coming to this realization.

    [Read my full review at The Playlist]

  • Scream



    "Where “Scream 4” critiqued both torture porn horror like “Saw” and reboot mania, this “Scream” takes aim at so-called “elevated horror.” Tara answers Ghostface’s “What’s your favorite scary movie?” with a treatise on why “The Babadook” is a meditation on motherhood and grief, then begs to answer trivia about A24 horror films like “Hereditary.” The balance of laughs brought by this moment, followed by Ghostface’s gruesome attack on Tara firmly places this film back in the tonal space that made the first one so memorable and establishes Ortega as a true scream queen."

    [read my full spoiler-free review on The Playlist]