Tragic Mushrooms

mediocre filmmaker/artist/writer/grad student/person

faves are most recent 5 baggers

ratings based purely on vibes

Favorite films

  • Crime Wave
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

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  • The World of Kanako

    ★★★★

  • Crime Wave

    ★★★★★

  • Half Baked

    ★★★

  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    ★★★★★

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  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★★

    i love you mommy

    one of the most viscerally upsetting films i’ve ever seen. detached, angry, destructive, violent, grief stricken and painful. zombie builds upon everything he added to the original film, and is able to explore the kind of damage that the mental health system and the true crime industrial complex do to the world around us. we accept those we deem appropriate for polite society and institutionalize those that we fucked up too badly, never attacking anything that…

  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★★½

    hard to put into words my feelings on this one. really hit a place buried deep within me, brought out those feelings of internet forums and adolescent social media usage. an overwhelming sense of vague unease about who you are, trying to figure yourself out through other’s experiences, never feeling totally yrself. not at all what i expected and all the better for it. haunting, messy, and beautiful.

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  • Crime Wave

    Crime Wave

    ★★★★★

    i really did mean to be good

    maybe the best film ever made about the creative process. constantly moving and shifting ideas as you try to create but always feeling too derivative (tributes), commercial (multi-level marketing), or phoney (self-help) to really see the worth in your own ideas, the only way forward is to look inward, examine the machinations of your own life to try to make something worthwhile, but even then you may never be happy with it.

  • Half Baked

    Half Baked

    ★★★

    at times very funny but perhaps too much of a real movie for its own good.

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

    didn't really hit me. while i appreciated a lot of the technical prowess on display within the film it just never really came together. i had heard the wachowskis influence was felt hard in this film and while i do see the sense8/cloud atlas vibes it does really feel more like the daniels were reading marvel comics and watching rick and morty while the wachowskis were reading william gibson and watching ghost in the shell. obviously this is a fairly…

  • Lost Highway

    Lost Highway

    ★★★★½

    perhaps lynch's most overt use of dream/nightmare logic within a film. while many of his other works use the dream to enhance his narratives, this film fully embraces all of the inconsistencies and bizarre situations that dreams create. scenes at times literally melt into each other, characters arrive in places with no idea of how they got there, there's cyclical repetition of dialogue and actions, and a free-associative quality runs through the entire movie. just so unnerving and unsettling throughout,…