• The River

    The River

    ★★★★

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

    I looked like him. I smelled like him. I learned like him. My father had propagated.
    [...]
    Meanwhile daddy realized all he had done, all he had destroyed through lust. He began to cry. Two tears ran down his cheeks. He raced to his only possession, his yacht, which moved, and moved off. Into the bloody sea. No one’s ever seen him again. I don’t know what happened to daddy. I decided to keep on living rather than kill myself.

    -Kathy Acker, Empire of the Senseless

  • Wild Zero

    Wild Zero

    ★★★★½

    if you think this is "badly made" or that the CGI head explosions are anything but delightful you probably aren't able to have fun. also depending on whether nakajo haruka is trans or not (this is her only role and i can't find any info about her, but her voice was dubbed so maybe) this can go on the trans people getting to go apeshit list. but regardless even if she isn't this still offers a huge rebuttal (through the…

  • Tropical Malady

    Tropical Malady

    ★★★★½

    exactly as great as i heard it was

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    saddles if you need them, but i could ride you bare.

  • Siberia

    Siberia

    ★★★★

    are you fucking kidding me abel. it's weird to me that this film isn't framed more often as a Metal movie that attempts to take on the ambience of the genre (in the vein of hagazussa, a spell to ward off the darkness, maybe even cremaster 2) because it so totally is. and it's a really fucking scary horror film when it wants to be. it kinda stops being that later on but there's some genuinely disturbing imagery and the…

  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine

    ★★★★½

    house party nearby im bringing weird “guys”

  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★½

    it was so cool that the men punched and kicked each other

  • Zeros and Ones

    Zeros and Ones

    ★★★★

    a work of total narrative incoherence that feels nonetheless salvaged from the backbone of something that's been purposefully--and thankfully--hollowed out. like i could not give a shit about some counter-terrorist dude but thankfully you really don't get much of that at all, just walking around and shit. but what makes this movie good is that it sets an example of what digital filmmaking in the 2020s should look like. throw away your fucking pristine 4K cameras and degrade the visuals…

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★

    the message here is that life as a teenage girl under the thumb of fascistic evangelical purity culture is that of being hermetically sealed, and so is being directed and aestheticised. i think this is probably her best movie but the bling ring still has a place in my heart.

  • The Keep

    The Keep

    ★★★★

    michael mann was so fascinated by the idea of nazis being destroyed by a cosmic force after watching indiana jones that he made one of the most beautiful looking movies ever about it

  • The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers

    ★★★★½

    as much as has been said about this one's power i still can't stress enough how next-level the filmmaking is in the last ten minutes

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★½

    someone got a free titane poster at the screening bc they saw raw four times. i deserve it more bc i’ve already torrented and seen titane