Eva has written 40 reviews for films during 2018.

  • Private Life

    Private Life

    ★★

    hated what i saw of this, couldn't manage to watch the whole thing

    i was in a foul mood anyways so take it with a grain of salt but also this strikes me as bourgeois (the moment where they just casually throw around 15 fucking grand made me physically ill) and dull

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★★★

    forgot that this was actually a perfect movie (and also very much about the impending climate apocalypse)

    have the urge to write more extensively but also am extremely tired

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    So much of this is just catnip to my visual and musical sensibilities that I'm not sure I can fully explain why I loved it as much as I did. Usually my favorite films are the ones that evade me, but Oshima isn't working with any spectacularly complex ideas here: it's a dark fantasy about the destructive power of desires sublimated into social codes, which is not, per se, anything earth-shattering. And yet there's something so uniquely beautiful about the…

  • Cluny Brown

    Cluny Brown

    If I were a sheep, I should be happy to serve the empire

  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    very probable that this is the greatest film ever made

  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★★

    a haunted, tired slasher movie. characters don't so much walk from place to place as dematerialize and rematerialize through dissolves, turning them into ghosts in their own homes. michael myers, made so human by Zombie's first Halloween, becomes something like a specter of trauma, covering impossible distances and emerging from nowhere to drag the characters back into hell. Zombie's empathy is nearly all-encompassing, rendering Halloween II almost too tragic to bear, full of rage and hurt as it is. certainly deserves its belated canonization.

  • Opera

    Opera

    quite possibly Argento's best. it's greatly to his credit that Opera feels as rigorous as Suspiria and Tenebrae feel loose, although that's not at all a knock on the latter two films. besides the superficial pleasures of having a more neatly constructed narrative structure, this rigor dovetails nicely with Opera's focus on order. nearly every shot feels deliberate and ordered, part of an efficient narrative machine which ultimately crumbles at the film's denouement, in tandem with the killer's obsessive plotting and control falling apart. absolutely fantastic.

  • Beneath the Skin

    Beneath the Skin

    I dreamed that it was me and not her that he killed...
    but that's another story

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    in-fucking-credible

  • Ms .45

    Ms .45

    ★★★★

    Misandry is real, and strong, and my friend.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    woops i actually loved this

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★½

    it's mostly fine but there's a few scenes that feel like they belong in an episode of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace