Christian Molenaar

Christian Molenaar

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Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Dog Star Man
  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees
  • Wendigo

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  • Sphinx On The Seine

    ★★★★

  • Landscape Dissolves

    ★★★★

  • Love's Refrain

    ★★★★

  • Constellations

    ★★★½

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  • Sphinx On The Seine

    Sphinx On The Seine

    ★★★★

    Judging by the ratings on here this is one of the less popular Clipson/Ledesma collabs and while I certainly wouldn’t call it a major piece on either’s part I am very pleased to see them back in post-apocalyptic wastescape territory, my favorite zone they explore.

  • Constellations

    Constellations

    ★★★½

    Clipson’s usual gauzy Super 8 photography feels more focused than much of his other work during this period, so it’s too bad Ledesma’s music feels phoned-in yet again.

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  • In the Dark

    In the Dark

    ★★★★½

    Super endearing no-budget Richard Laymon adaptation by DePaul University (??) students that thankfully surpasses the source material, rewriting much of the original dialogue and changing the ending for something less upbeat and more ambiguous. I'll readily admit to harboring a soft spot for any kind of broke SOV trash, but in spite of technically fitting the bill by its means, In the Dark is its own beast: inventive and creepy like a Kiyoshi Kurosawa picture yet unafraid to embrace its…

  • FearDotCom

    FearDotCom

    ★★★★½

    Simultaneously the most 2000s horror movie while also charting its own territory somewhere totally unique—an internet-based slasher procedural trapped in an endless maze of high gothic neo-German expressionist sets. The screenplay is beyond moronic (feardotcom.com) but the film’s observations about a video-obsessed online culture fixated on spreading viral content—a culture that had yet to even come about in 2002–hit far harder today than could have been possible at the time of release. Coupled with the genuine aesthetic brilliance on display,…