ryan

I approach cinema with the intention to murder it.

Favorite films

  • From Morn to Midnight
  • Manila in the Claws of Light
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • Splatter: Naked Blood

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  • Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast

  • Four Nights of a Dreamer

    ★★★

  • Sidewalks of Bangkok

    ★★½

  • Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★★½

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  • Knock at the Cabin

    Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★★½

    Above all else, Shyamalan is a master of spatial relations: a value Hollywood mostly left wayside after its classical period. Still, his charting of interiors is anything but classical. He’s not indebted to removed or consistent camera placements. Despite most of its runtime unfolding with its protagonists tied to chairs, this is a movie packed with movement. Movement is how Shyamalan maps space. There’s a scene where Wen’s creeping across the basement. Shyamalan cuts upstairs to a bathroom dialogue, the…

  • The Rape of the Vampire

    The Rape of the Vampire

    ★★★

    Rollin's first feature is actually two incongruous shorter works awkwardly conjoined into one. Still, it's satisfying to see his filmography hatch with all his signature fixations fully-formed: sexy vampires, gothic chateau romps, fragmented memories masking past traumas, extreme-close-ups of lips, Rollin’s favourite beach, etc. Formally, this bears unexpected influence from French New Wave filmmaking, complete with jagged cuts and scrambled spatio-temporal relations. (This is striking because Rollin's later work seems largely disinterested in his contemporaries. If anything, he seems to…

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    The idiot in front of me took out his fucking phone and rated this 4/5 on LB halfway through the FUCKING world premiere of this movie.

    (It's pretty good btw)

  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★½

    When a Tilda Swinton character feels boring compared to the rest of the characters, you know you have something special. Brad Pitt dominates this film, and makes us all ponder the security... of our shit.