NotASexyVamp

NotASexyVamp

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27, he/him. Spectacularly awkward gay pop culture nerd with Asperger's. Would be writer/filmmaker but too lazy and/or self-conscious.

Favorite films

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Querelle
  • The Company of Wolves
  • Taekwondo

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  • Viy

    ★★★★

  • Cat People

    ★★★★

  • The Blood on Satan's Claw

    ★★★★½

  • Hotel Transylvania

    ★★★

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  • Viy

    Viy

    ★★★★

    Hooptober 8.0 #31
    Folk Horror 2/2
    Countries 6/6 USSR

    Chilling, paired back Soviet fairytale. The repetition feels straight out of a children's story and each night in the church is the best part of the film. The horror escalating beautifully, with dizzying thrilling camerawork and lush, colourful visuals. The final night featuring a cavalcade of monsters gave me so much joy, especially the hulking Viy. Found the sequences in between the church nights though a bit dull and struggled to…

  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ★★★★

    Hooptober 8.0 #30
    Decades 3/8 1940s

    Moody, extremely effective 40s low-budget horror. Beautiful use of shadows and lighting to create tension and fear, suggesting horrors that expand the story the film is telling. Whether or not Irena is turning into a panther or not is left ambiguous and is the source of much of the film's power. Her terror and pain over her transformation is met with a patient but condescending husband and a psychiatrist who desires her. She is…

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  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober 8.0 #26
    Film from your birth year (1994) 2/2

    I've never read any Lovecraft or Stephen King so some of the more specific references were lost on me. But wow, I loved this. Been ages since I've watched a John Carpenter movie and there's something so reassuring about his hand. This is an insane film that just gets more and more strange but Carpenter ensures we never get lost. The scares are there but it's not just genuine frights…

  • Coded Bias

    Coded Bias

    ★★½

    Coded Bias might be the most timely and relevant film I see at MIFF2020 but I found the execution hamfisted and uncinematic. Makes sweeping generalisations with little evidence to back it up and it's moments of visual invention are cringeworthy (the female HAL riff is especially awful). Charismatic interview subjects, especially Buolamwini, but they deserve better than this film. I think my big problem is it eventually becomes about more than bias in software and algorithms (which is incredibly interesting,…