Tyler

Catch on fire and others will come watch you burn.

Favorite films

  • Cure
  • The Ascent
  • Antichrist
  • The Sacrifice

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  • Mad Love

    ★★★½

  • Mystery of the Wax Museum

    ★★★

  • Freaks

    ★★★★★

  • The Unknown

    ★★★★

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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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  • Freaks

    Freaks

    ★★★★★

    Browning — a former circus performer himself — aims for the truth here, refusing to manipulate the subject of deformity for the audience’s empathy. The truth is complex, messy. It’s not ideological, it’s not pandering, it’s not easy. The truth shows us for what we truly are, the light and the dark that exists within us all. So while the melodrama hangs in a moral balance, there’s a documentary element at the heart of Browning’s carny vision — it’s not…

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

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★★

    A cursory glance at the director’s profile reveals nothing surprising — this is an intensely dysphoric experience aptly helmed by a non-binary trans person. Diving deep into identities that have been shattered by the mystifying isolation of the internet, I trust the film replicates in some way the “trans experience.” Trait openness is closely correlated with creativity, and it’s artists and mystics who seem to exist purely inside the emotional dream layer that serves as the necessary buffer between the…

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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,…