• Gate of Flesh

    Gate of Flesh

    ★★★½

    SCAVENGER HUNT #67 MOVIE #7 WATCH A JAPANESE PINK FILM

    would make great double viewing with Onibaba not just because they were both released in the same year but because they both examine the spiritual, physical and mental decadence/trauma that stems from the remnants of wars, the collective damage it creates within the psyche of the japanese people, and the commodification of everyday life with the notions of identity adrift in a sea of greed, although these themes manifest in vastly…

  • The Stuff

    The Stuff

    ★★½

    hilarious when about how we (mainly dem americans) sometimes fall prey to blind consumerism with whatever the hell captialism feeds us.  hilariously bad when about absolutely anything else.  and i do not use hilariously bad lightly.  everything’s so dumb and abrupt, but I genuinely love that shot of the blown up store of The Stuff next to that mcdonald’s.  seems like larry cohen was not so subtle with that one.  a fun october watch. 

    my favorite movie title in movie meme is now gonna be: “oh no!!! I have now become The Stuff (1985)!”

  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    ★★★½

    2020 RANKED

    i’ve only seen 3 sofia coppola films in my life but I can already tell she’s a patchy, somewhat inconsistent, conflicting filmmaker who almost always gets sucked in hardwiring the inner designs and machinations of her characters to a tee yet still ultimately leaving some things to be desired in the grand scheme of a movie.  there’s something great if you dig deep enough but for now it just settles for good.  she does midlife crises a helluva…

  • Source Code

    Source Code

    ★★★

    I respect the character-driven sorta kinda freshly revamped ideas duncan jones brings to sci fi even if they do usually end up running their course prematurely and therefore end up becoming a bit like the train in this film and derailing into an (unnecessarily) over-complicated mess.  missed opportunities and wasted potential and what have you. 

    this is an alright movie, extremely entertaining for what it is and makes slight note of intriguing topics such as racial profiling stemming from military…

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★★★

    SCAVENGER HUNT #67 MOVIE #6 WATCH A FILM FROM A COLLEGE CLASS SYLLABUS 

    shoutout to my brother benbam (a7xweeman supreme bentrist) for showing me his syllabus so I could finally watch this movie.  not much else I can add to this discussion, but it’s an imperfectly perfect movie!!!! whatever that means, it does it’s job well of making itself an absolutely essential watch for any human being.


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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★

    SCAVENGER HUNT #67 MOVIE #23 WATCH A FILM IN A SERIES WHICH HAS AT LEAST 5 ENTRIES

    "There are moments when we cannot believe that what is happening is really true. Pinch yourself and you may find out that it is."

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★½

    it’s a pretty apt yet cheap comparison to make, but this really does feel like the UK’s Do The Right Thing.  its nuanced take on big city living interconnectivity between different cultures, and on the struggles of getting by/surviving every day in a overwhelmingly white/inherently racist society that constantly lessens your traumas n experiences, and its BIG reliance on music as a unifier of people, something that can’t be broken as it’s what separates us from love and hate.  and…

  • Toby Dammit

    Toby Dammit

    ★★★★½

    SCAVENGER HUNT #67 MOVIE #18 WATCH ONE OF THE FILMS ON ALEX WINTER’s 50 B-SIDES AND RARITIES

    terence stamp’s strange and playful yet always dark melancholy along with fellini’s extravagant knack for profound aesthetics and dreamstate/hellish/purgatorial visuals makes this so much more than just your typical tortured artist story.  endlessly poetic and cool to look at.  this just clicked for me in ways I can’t fully explain, but the constant alienation I sensed from its main character as he moves…

  • Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    ★½

    SCAVENGER HUNT #67 MOVIE #2 WATCH A POORLY RECEIVED OR UNNECESSARY SEQUEL

    it’s funny because the opening montage seemed like an appropriate and decent follow up the blair witch project being treated as a real life phenomenon, but once those first 5 minutes passed you could instantly tell this should’ve never seen the light of day.  EVER.  embarrassing.  it almost has something to say about reality and perception and how we consume certain media until it consumes us but nope.…

  • Deerskin

    Deerskin

    ★★★½

    SCAVENGER HUNT #67 MOVIE #30 WATCH A FILM FROM LETTERBOXD’S ART HOUSE ONLINE LIST

    as someone who recently spent two days in a car passing through france and some of its rural areas I can deeply identify with portions of this film, especially the strange vibe you get from every single aspect surrounding you.  

    not exactly sure where my mind lands on this absurdist whirlwind experience, but I sure had a lot of fun watching it, even in its…

  • Battleship Potemkin

    Battleship Potemkin

    ★★★

    communism hell yeah!

    entirely obvious this movie hinges on two events: the naval mutiny and the the police massacre retaliation.  naturally, both set pieces come across as immensely impressive, entertaining and grand in scale.  reaches such a chaotic rhythm and pace that transcends its silent film status.  but what comes in between those events is largely a lot of dross.  longggg bouts of essentially melodramatic nothingness which could never quite capture my attention as the two central events of the…

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    Sherlock, Jr.

    ★★★★

    while i do prefer steamboat jr., this still remains a healthy dose of buster keaton escapism with an unhealthy dose of buster keaton stunts.  here he portrays dreaming as something absurdly dangerous for the human mind, but something that is undoubtedly all worth it in the end.  you can’t live if you can’t love and you can’t love if you can’t dream.  and if you can dream it you can live it.  or something like that.  dreaming has always been…