erik has written 610 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★

    solid cold war noir, not up to fuller's best work but eh still nice shit

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

    one of the most genuinely crazy plots ever and cronenberg thankfully never goes too far off the deep end narratively here which i think would have doomed something like this. fantastic stuff!! weird and alien and kinky and oddly topical (microplastic consumption, fantasizing about post-climate change worlds, etc.) plus those costumes and sets are to die for. i'm usually somewhat reserved about cronenberg, though this is really special and very much one of the best of his films that i've seen.

  • Cinemania

    Cinemania

    ★★★★

    these dudes will go from saying the most based incisive autistic shit in the world and then follow it up with the most insane incel bullshit immediately after. what a world!! i love the movies!!

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    ★★★★

    had a realization while watching this that matrix 2 should have been called resurrections, matrix 3 should have been called reloaded, and matrix 4 should have been called revolutions. oh well. lovely stuff, some of the best setpieces out there for sure

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II

    ★★★★

    obviously great and obviously worse than his finest work

  • The Tsugua Diaries

    The Tsugua Diaries

    ★★★★

    not really sure the divisiveness here - it's a bit gimmicky but really fun and comfy. hanging out in the insane modernity that is covid film sets, bit of structuralist decomposition, and some great tunes. what's not to like? also looks gorgeous.

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★

    what i assume every historical biopic is trying to do but actually good. nary a mis-step in sight, and able to show in excruciating detail the process of updating one's ideology and the constant power of change and reflection. really great stuff and makes me want to see more lee, though this has got to be one of his highest achievements

  • Invader

    Invader

    ★★★★

    basically a 90s verhoeven with 1% of the budget. some deeply unnerving imagery, passion in front of and behind the camera. something very heartfelt about cook's two features i've seen, yet it makes the flat out evil infinite budget military even more sinister here. glad that Despiser wasn't some one-off

  • Mystics in Bali

    Mystics in Bali

    ★★★★

    djalil is the real thing. understands the fundamental power and weaknesses of cheese and the unmitigated strength of sub 90 minute runtimes for your unhinged horrors. helps that none of them really seem mean spirited or sexually invasive as is often the case with films of this nature. adore the score here and i don't find the soapy bits as tiresome as others, though they're a clear second fiddle to the madness

  • Dirty Ho

    Dirty Ho

    ★★★★

    file under "shaw movies that feel like they were made by 12 year olds"

  • Psychos in Love

    Psychos in Love

    ★★★★

    how sweet :)

  • Legend

    Legend

    ★★★★

    extremely low bar but this is by a pretty considerable amount the best high fantasy movie i've ever seen