Hi, my name is Dorsey and I like to be scared and cold.
Let's be buds.
Welcome to Hooptober! The Ritual was exactly what I needed to start this year's challenge off right. Wall-to-wall terror, classic spooky shit in the woods vibes, and The Monster Is Grief idea that dominated 2010s horror is used with a light hand, enough to give the protagonist an impactful emotional journey but not so much that it's all metaphor and no scares.
I loved the restraint in showing the monster only in bits and pieces until the end. The tension…
Self-destruction by way of lust - for blood, for sex, for freedom, for immortality, which is nothing but a cheap thrill leading to absolute degradation of the soul. \
I saw this movie YEARS ago as my introduction to South Korean cinema (before "bigger deals" like Host or Oldboy, somehow?) and I was well overdue for a revisit. I think this is my favorite vampire movie since the 80s. Its exploration of how this affliction takes its toll in the…
This is a movie about the ways that men treat women. The "Obvious Misogynist" considers women as a tool for him to control and fuck at his leisure. The "Nice Guy" wants to be a friend and liberator to women, but that interest comes and goes proportional to how much he wants to have sex with them. No matter how similar in intellect and skill we prove ourselves to be, they believe it is up to them to determine our worth, our freedom, even our personhood.
Fuck them. Rock on, Ava.
It's bad enough to be a messy jumble of blunt gross messaging and misogynist ideas, but it's even worse to present them with so much gorgeous cinematography and perfect acting that I keep looking for reasons to like it that never appear.
I don't know much about Tom Ford outside of his fragrance line, and I didn't see his first movie, but he pretty clearly has some problems with women that he needs to get worked out. Nocturnal…