Tyler

Tyler

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Catch on fire and others will come watch you burn.

Favorite films

  • The Tree of Life
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Ascent
  • Antichrist

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  • House of Gucci

    ★★★

  • Rango

    ★★★★★

  • JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass

    ★★★★

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★★★

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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 initial 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…

  • The Keep

    The Keep

    ★★★★★

    Ancient cultures are rife with deities of both the good and the chaotic evil, making up a discernible world for us to inhabit. We seem relatively unable to find these representative deities today — hence Nietzsche’s “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?“ These archaic mythological overlords seem absent from our external reality, making it tempting to regard them as simple constructs of imagination, personified consciously…

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  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★★★

    There’s more humanity in the eyes of Balthazar — a donkey — than in any Bressonian protagonist that I’ve encountered thus far… and perhaps that’s the point. The saintliness of the suffering animal in stark contrast to the muted, cold appeal of humanity’s minutia. That saintliness exists only through a crucial absence of self-consciousness. Animals can’t perpetuate evil because they can’t perceive of the self, thus rendering them inhuman as opposed to inhumane. Yet, we still graph human qualities onto…

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★★★

    Squint before the grandeur!

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  • The Nun

    The Nun

    ★★½

    Ah, yes, I was wondering when “See Something Creepy And Follow It, Only To Be Jump-Scared Like A Moron: The Movie” would finally be coming out*. Other than that, yeah — I can dig the gothic Hammer vibes that are just oozing out of this Romanian production, with foggy dead ringer cemeteries and wonderfully atmospheric convents lined with young faces that are far too pretty and far too clean (also reminiscent of Hammer’s later focus on pretty women, rather than…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    In order to be yourself, you have to find yourself. 

    Both Toy Story and its sequel are perfect, laser-focused stories about finding yourself — the first seeing Buzz come to terms with his being a toy through the emotional aid of Woody; the second seeing Woody get too big for himself, only to be leveled back down by Buzz. They’re perfect companion pieces, as perfect as Woody and Buzz are companions themselves. Toy Story 3, no matter how forcibly it did it,…