matthew l.

anna karina-ist

"—the countermovement: art."

Favorite films

  • Penda's Fen
  • All the Vermeers in New York
  • The Aviator's Wife
  • The Scenic Route

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  • The Stendhal Syndrome

    ★★★★★

  • Sleepless

    ★★★★½

  • Phenomena

    ★★★★★

  • Suspiria

    ★★★★★

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  • Sleepless

    Sleepless

    ★★★★½

    Argento returning to the narrative motifs of his earliest gialli, but this time with the assured stylistics of a master. Don't have much to say other than that I wasn't prepared for such stark realism, which makes this 1000x more terrifying.

  • Phenomena

    Phenomena

    ★★★★★

    Dario Argento, cinema's greatest purveyor of the fairy tale.

    We all gave him a standing ovation and you could tell how thrilled he was...it brought a tear to my eye.

    Maybe his best.

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  • Padmaavat

    Padmaavat

    ½

    When a film has to start off with a disclaimer clarifying that they don't, in fact, condone sati, you know it's gonna be bad.

    I find it hilarious that Modi's fascist cronies threw a fit over Padmaavat's release when it's pretty much the Hindutva propaganda film of their dreams. This is literally just a far-right mystification of history, complete with savage Muslim villains and noble Rajput heroes (who won't shut up about how noble they are).

    Yes, Bhansali makes some…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★

    Embarassing, a total non-event. I'll admit that I don't really like the novel that much, but this squanders every ounce of potential it had—there really is an endless supply of spiritual and philosophical threads to parse out, should one attempt to—in favor of useless fidelity to every minor narrative beat Herbert laid down. As always, Villeneuve thinks the few tricks he *does* have up his sleeve can compensate for his bland, aseptic style and near total lack of visual ingenuity.…