Jeff Stranding

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Eyes full of stars, arms full of thunderstorms.

Favorite films

  • Annihilation
  • Blade Runner
  • Dune
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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  • Hook

    ★★

  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

    ★★★

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    ★★★

  • Constantine

    ★★★★

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  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★★★

    It’s not subtle about its critique of gratuitous violence, especially with the repeated fourth-wall breaks and the extra kick of having all of the actual violence happen off-screen. I feel like its also commenting on (white, male) privilege and how common it is to deflate righteous indignation by appealing to polite society.

    “Calm down.”

    “Let’s be reasonable.”

    “Why are you being so unfriendly all of a sudden?”

    It’s not just the attackers’ manners, although how leisurely they are is the…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    Having waited two years to get back to the theatre experience, my wife surprised me with a private screening of Dune with friends and family for my birthday. In no way did this disappoint.

    Beyond just a welcome and safe return to one of my favourite pastimes, Villeneuve’s Dune is amplified by that “big screen, big sound” setting. Not just for the visual scale, but also the sound. The soundtrack is really present where it needs to be, with pounding…

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  • Constantine

    Constantine

    ★★★★

    “I thought I heard thunder last night. Must have been Satan’s stomach growling.”

    This has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I love all the little details — the hospital bracelets Gabriel wears at during the final act with various human aspects written on them, for example — and I’d like to give the source material a read sometime.

    This time around, I noticed all the shots from directly overhead or from underneath; implied POV of the forces of Heaven and Hell.


    19/31 Hooptober 𝕏
    3/3 Satan/Devil centered films

  • Barbie

    Barbie

    ★★★★

    Inside Out × Toy Story

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  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    Smart & funny sci-fi action, through the gritty, scratched-up lens of District 9, with a time-travel twist. Really enjoyed it.

  • Satan's Baby Doll

    Satan's Baby Doll

    Very little Satan in this movie — or indeed, any Horror at all. A shitty porno with a flimsy macabre “storyline” stringing the sex scenes together.

    11/31 — Hoop-tober 6(66)
    1/1 low-rated ’80s film

    Horror × 52
    Featuring a porn actor/actress