Perch

I like artifice, intricacy, abrupt change, & the equalizing pressure of horror. I may be warming to movies somewhat, but remain wary.

Favorite films

  • Prince: Sign o' the Times
  • The Lair of the White Worm
  • eXistenZ
  • Stop Making Sense

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  • The Signalman

    ★★★½

  • Madame Tutli-Putli

    ★★½

  • The Woman in Black

    ★★★½

  • A View from a Hill

    ★★★½

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  • Saloum

    Saloum

    ★★★½

    Les Hyènes initially seem to be mercenaries in the same vague, near-superheroic sense that James Bond was a spy, then at the halfway point it turns out war-as-it-is has been driving the plot all along. Saloum would be worth watching for its pair of intense mood-, genre-, & language-shifting dinner scenes alone, but it's a shame its second half keeps getting distracted from its plot & characters by interest-sapping swarm-monsters.

  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★½

    You'd think a film with atomic kamishibai and Cage raggedly screaming about his single remaining testicle would, in one way or another, be worth watching, but no. A sparse scatter of sparkling moments buried in a long trench of dull misogynist mush. Good on them, though, for realizing that any post-apocalyptic cowboy posse will, regardless of location, inevitably include ≥1 Frenchmen.

  • YellowBrickRoad

    YellowBrickRoad

    ★★★★

    The world's a lot of things, but one is a boundless, inescapable battlefield in which one often can't do better than to rest hidden, huddled against a trench wall. The expedition team have faults that the road cracks open, but haven't committed any particular sin that's doomed them. This could happen to me. I could, with great effort, conceive of an emerald destination past the horizon and end up stumbling around the park, clutching my head.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★½

    •Exurb as a cage ratcheted smaller & smaller until the street is an unbridgeable gulf.
    •Despite decades of cultural seep, I didn't expect Krueger to be a clown obliged to play by slapstick rules.