Kendall Beachey

Kendall Beachey

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Barista: living, writing, and working in KC; chipping away at literature, film, and culture.

Favorite films

  • The Tree of Life
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Phantom Thread
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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  • Cure

    ★★★★½

  • The Lazarus Effect

    ★½

  • Bottle Rocket

    ★★★½

  • Bottle Rocket

    ★★★½

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.

    My Mom died of COVID on October 20, 2020.

    Ever since I've known I needed to rewatch this movie. It is a film I have watched probably more than any other film. It still sticks with me even though the person I am now and the person I was when I first saw it in theaters almost a decade ago are so very…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    As a remarkable film, A Ghost Story is a lot like its main protagonist, always teetering on the edge between existence and slipping away. There are multiple points where it seems like the sublime nature of the film is going to be drowned out by its own weight, whether veering into the pretentious, sappy, trite, or overwrought. This might be most evident in the extended monologue on nihilism near the film's center but peaks through at several other moments; the…

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  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★★½

    The Seventh Annual Letterboxd Season Challenge 
    Week 8: October 25th-31st

    J-Horror Week

    A slow burn detective story that is almost hypnotic, pardon the irony, in its presentation. The story slowly becomes deeply unsettling as the audience gets closer and closer to the source of the serial killings that Takabe is investigating though the course of the film. 

    There are elements of Silence of the Lambs in the psycho-parasitic relationship that develops between Takebe and Mamiya that is both engrossing and terrifying. That so much  and so little happen in this film is a testament to Kiyoshi Kurosawa‘s skill as a storyteller.

  • The Lazarus Effect

    The Lazarus Effect

    This is basically a bottle episode in a lab. The cast alone proves that this could have been something and I think Olivia Wilde has all the makings of being a undead murder queen one minute and sweet and helpless the next big every single aspect of this script and plot just let the actors down. Not so much disappointing as just a mistake from start to finish.

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  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★★★½

    Week 18: January 20th-26th
    Post-80's Neo-Noir Week

    Hard Eight grabs you from its first scene and does not let go until it's last moments. It begins with a subtle music cue of funeral church bells and ends with a Christmas song. Everything that happens in between is the sort of pulpy noir storytelling that is elevated with its rich characters and well-crafted dialogue. Many of the later elements of PTA's filmography are on display here. But this is not a movie only of interest to seeing where a great got their start, this is captivating cinema from beginning to end.

  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Shame works because it rarely pauses to tell its viewers what is happening. Brandon's sister has been crashing on his couch for a few days before you actually realize the weight which her presence is having on his psyche. When his ferocity finally riches to the surface it comes with the realization that the delicate balance of his life has been upset.

    We first come to understand Brandon though the orgasmic dance of glances on the subway. Each glance back…