28 years old.
horror is my absolute favorite.
Halloween II 2009
31 days of horror film 24
“I’m not me.”
The final girl surviving and standing triumphant trope stripped of a commercial and romantic context, leaving nothing but emotional and psychic wounds that are unrelentingly gnawed at. The agonizing, sustained screaming from a bloodied Laurie sitting atop of Michael after shooting him point blank in its predecessor’s powerful ending never stopped. Zombie really took it upon himself to not fall into predictable franchise formula in his sequel and to…
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter 1984
31 days of horror film 15/31
“God, I’m so horny.”
The series finally drops any pretenses of setting up plot or character (though the characters here are probably the most entertaining of the bunch) and fully gives in to its sleazy conventions and proclivity for spilling blood for a lean and mean ode to carnal desires and mutilations of the flesh. Every blade piercing, hacking, slashing and, in some cases bare hands pulverizing flesh, is imbued with a pornographic glee…
The Man Who Wasn't There 2001
So Fargo season 2 was a (loving, yes, but) direct homage to this huh. Even took the UFO stuff!
Even after a career full of them at this point (only 17 years after their debut!) I’m still astounded by the distinct, profound ways the Coens weave existential threads into their neo-noir structured crime dramas. Here, the classic 40’s/50’s noir complete with sleek chiaroscuro black & white photography transmuted into a full on quiet rumination on how life seems to be set…
Blood Simple 1984
So cool that 1.) The Coens’ career interests and dark sense of humor (this whole thing being an ironic series of errors stemming from a misunderstanding of an act of violence reveals its playful, idiosyncratic undercurrent much more on rewatches) were there right from the get-go and 2.) the subversive noir/neo-noir engineering in here veers closer to like De Palma than the more “clean”, “prestige” like mode they start working with later on. The last set piece is like the climax of Rear Window filtered through a shadowy giallo stylishness/ nastiness; they really freaked it. Fantastic debut.
My Teacher, My Obsession 2018
a character in this movie: can art be bad?
me watching this: oh honey,,,you have no idea.
But I'm a Cheerleader 1999
Not just a great John Waters-esque pastel-colored satire but a great outcast romance too, comfortably balancing deliberately outlandish, very funny conversion camp skewering and sincere, tactile longing and self-discovery. Totally delightful. Screamed when Julie Delpy showed up in a gay bar.