Artrill

Writer, reader, professional complainer.

Favorite films

  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Stalker
  • The Handmaiden
  • Suspiria

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  • The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois

    ★★★½

  • The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown

    ★★★★

  • The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt

    ★★★½

  • The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen

    ★★★★

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    The eponymous lighthouse sits between reality and phantasmagoria, eliciting the same emotions that a canvas given life by oil does. It registers as a story that draws detail in fable, becoming like pores seen on the skin, as it alludes to Prometheus and Mellville and Conrad and Coleridge and hundreds of other nautical fictions that used to dot the literary landscape. And yet, this allusion, this irrevocable connection to Omoo, Mardi, Typee, and the beloved Moby Dick becomes distilled into…

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  • The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen

    The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen

    ★★★★

    I love these three so much. The definition of a comfort film. One-fourth a documentary and three-fourths lunacy, these old brits still have so much spunk in them. Becoming what they always were, Seamen, Jeremy, Richard, and James embark on yet another enormous journey across Vietnam (Cambodia too) -- this time on boats.

    It has been a while since I have caught up on The Grand Tour, andsince its semi-official shuttering, it seems like this expedition-driven rebirth is the best of every world.

    My childhood persists.

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★

    In this alternate universe John Wick, they hired real Russian actors to be the culturally safe villains. Unlike the original John Wick, Nobody struggles to build momentum in its script and many moments reek of an early draft.

    The action is serviceable, sometimes great, especially after the rising standards for western cinema hand-to-hand, but the film itself seems to simply flit by unnoticed. I liked it, but I was expecting more.

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    Nazism is the wicked paradigm through which many convince themselves that an “other” exists, and doesn’t deserve to. The insipid thought that pollutes even well-reasoned minds with anxieties. Many may consider its rigid white-nationalism as a form of self-love, however cruel and evil. And yet, it isn’t. There is no self-love to be found in the admonition of an “other”, or the creation of a villain, or even a false-apotheosis at the hands of deceitful pseudo-science and total farce. This…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    The beating of a rhythm, from the heart to feet to hands to lungs, encompasses Suspiria's entirety. Everything but the editing, beautifully syncopated to the natural rhythm and hum of the project, accentuates what you have slowly been enraptured within; a cacophonous descent into darkness. Darkness, as seen in the heart, the dance, and the will to continue breathing, refusing to beg for death, yet knowing that it is inevitable.

    Guadagnino's strength is showing it through the cuts, both literal…