Tyler

Catch on fire and others will come watch you burn.

Favorite films

  • Cure
  • The Passion of Anna
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Exorcist

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  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    ★★½

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    ★★½

  • Transformers

    ★★★½

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    Epic heroes, from Achilles to Odysseus, Aeneas to even Beowulf, are often capable of making choices in light of, not in spite of, their fate. The epic genre so often conveys an initiating story of impossible choice. For the epic hero, the choice is usually between fame and honor in battle or obscurity and peace at home, and this is almost always played out against the relentless backdrop of man’s primal state, war. This sense of being trapped within the…

  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★★★

    Gladiator is the kind of film that supplants historical truth for an effectual core, yet does so with vivid intent. It's easy, so easy, to get swept in by its emotionally romantic magnitude, so much so that we begin to forget the one question Ridley is asking: Are you not entertained? And when the answer is clearly yes, then we in turn seem to be responding directly to the question posed at the very beginning of Ridley's career with a…

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  • Face to Face

    Face to Face

    ★★★★

    Where? Where did this asinine cultural conversation originate? This insane idea that “Bergman’s only horror film” is Hour of the Wolf? Who is responsible for this widely accepted misconception? 

    Bergman’s bout with horror is no small feat. He is not, I’ll admit, the most technically savvy crafter of chilling scares. And, sure, when you invoke Bergman’s name, genre isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. But there are flourishes of existential horror that creep into his work and shock in…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★½

    Elvis Presley was a myth-maker and understood how to wield the essence of his aristocratic, lip-curled sexuality. Everything about Elvis — even the moniker of ‘King’ — exudes a brooding menace, a strong manner and seductive charm. Luhrmann, as playful and chaotic as he’s ever been with the cinematic form, explodes the titanic, Byronic charisma of Elvis here into the archetypal rise-and-fall tragedy within which the singer found himself entrapped. Tragedy, the west’s most archaic form of literary genre, began…

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★★

    Salvation is just around the corner. You know, I would have been totally cool with a whole movie about a logger and his artist girlfriend living out the metalhead life in a synth-soaked starry wood, but getting a vodka-drenched, coke-addled Rage Cage Bonanza where the arbitrary tragedy and inherent suffering of the world manifest in the form of ghoulish demon bikers who can only be battled with a freshly forged battle ax and chainsaw… that’s cool, too.

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★★★

    Metaconciousness is transposed here as something both deeply malevolent and elysian, purported as some sort of bicameral bliss of terror, worthy of worship, and yet devastated by selfhood and experience. If we consider America our own private tulpa, then I suppose Missouri is precisely dead center mass where the beating heart of the country would lie — beating, though? More like a decayed, black pearl defunct and still. So, it makes sense that we set our sights on Missouri here,…