Christian Molenaar

Christian Molenaar Pro

Just chilling with my cool hat

Favorite films

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

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  • Simulant

  • The Taste of Things

    ★★★★

  • The Silence

    ★★★½

  • The Story of Marie and Julien

    ★★★★½

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  • The Taste of Things

    The Taste of Things

    ★★★★

    The source novel might be Rouff but this feels like the best Balzac adaptation there never was: the non-plot jumps from lavish banquet to banquet where no one speaks like a human being but whenever the narrative pauses for a character to expound on the profundity of an art I’m half-convinced it’s the best shit ever

  • The Silence

    The Silence

    ★★★½

    Set against any other canonical Bergman this is pretty thin stuff, too opaque for even its most direct symbols to register as anything but hollow metaphors and yet too simple to feel like anything more than an actors' exercise, stuffed as it is with direct-to-camera emotional telegraphing. It is sort of hilarious a movie called The Silence features so many characters flatly stating their feelings to empty rooms. It may have come out the same year as Winter Light, but…

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  • 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,…

  • 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…