Brian

19, lover of the body genres, gay. I’ve never liked star ratings. Take mine loosely and generally.

Favorite films

  • Querelle
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Dracula
  • The Piano Teacher

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  • Ghostwatch

    ★★★½

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

    ★★★

  • The Demon

  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    ★★★

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  • Ghostwatch

    Ghostwatch

    ★★★½

    All we were was noises to you!

    Tremendously unsettling, even if a large portion of its jolting effect, contingent on surprise, will be forever inaccessible to modern viewers. A lot of the shock is lost knowing that it’s staged from the start: having this slipped into ordinary evening viewing, as well as having a daily familiarity with the personalities onscreen, is surely part of what made it so terrifying at the time, and made it easier to overlook issues of…

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

    ★★★

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

    And when you die, what was the point? Of me loving you, you loving him?

    The first half is intermittently mildly funny, but fails to deliver on the Gothic melodrama the premise of the wedding suggests (the dream sequence only hints at it). Everything feels too cute and too pat, like it’s just checking boxes for the fans—though I guess that’s what this series has always been about. Admittedly I did crack a smile at Jacob’s surprise appearance, and, given the…

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  • Rapture

    Rapture

    ★★★★

    Iván Zulueta‘s playfully metafictional horror movie Arrebato dedicates itself to a number of self-annihilating temptations. Drug addiction, cinephilia, and (homo)eroticism form a sinister trinity of death drive delights that the movie insists upon in a manner that can be as maddeningly opaque as it is hypnotically absorbing. Our central trio of characters are all grasping toward an ecstasy they can locate only in the most predatory of places, be it the lens of a camera, the high of a heroin needle, or…

  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★★★

    I felt something vague and menacing take hold of me.

    I impulsively chose to revisit this tonight because I was in the mood for some tortured gay desire (when am I not?), and Denis’ potent brew of repression, longing, rage, sadism, and regret did indeed affect me as strongly and devastatingly as it did on my first viewing back in February. But the centrality of the colonial context came through much more immediately and forcefully this time around, and while…