Michael Calkins

Michael Calkins

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24 year old film lover, aspiring screenwriter/director.

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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Come and See is the kind of film that makes you sit back, mouth agape and reeling from its power. A nerve jangling experience from beginning to end, filled with so much bleak malevolence that it’s tough to see any light.I’ve seen tense films before, I’ve had my palms sweat during sequences, but I don’t think anything has been close to this. I had to pause the film an hour in and take a moment, and little did I know…

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★★

    Satoshi Kon really is just on a different level, huh?

    This is a movie I’m glad i drug my feet on watching surprisingly, because if I saw it when I was a teen, when I wanted to see it, I don’t think I’d have appreciated it nearly as much as I do now. The way Kon balances this narrative is an absolute master stroke in storytelling. There was a point where I did get a bit confused but as soon…

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  • The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh

    The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh

    ★★★★½

    The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh is a wonderful giallo film, rife with fantastic and sumptuous visuals, a great score, and a really engrossing plot that did NOT go as I expected. This isn’t my first Sergio Martino giallo (previously: Torso and Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have The Key) but it’s easily my favorite so far. Martino really has a keen eye for stunning visuals. And he truly sets up some scares in this movie I…

  • The Black Belly of the Tarantula

    The Black Belly of the Tarantula

    ★★★★½

    The Black Belly of The Tarantula is an immensely effective erotic giallo classic with one of the most terrifying central murder conceits I have ever heard of: paralyzing the victims so they witness their own slow murder. That’s absolutely sadistic and insane.

    The performances are great, with Giancarlo Gianini leading the cast as the inspector on the case. They build a good relationship between him and his also well acted wife, which grounds his character a lot and makes you…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    I’ll admit, I’m still processing this film, but how can I not call this a masterpiece. It gets a perfect grade for the mind blowing technical prowess on display. 

    The cinematography is awe inspiring. The sense of scale, the pure majesty of every space shot, every vista. The daunting nature of humanity’s journey burned on celluloid. The musical score also adds to that, with these grandiose themes scoring some of the most epic shots in all of cinema.


    All the acting…

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★★★★

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a strong first dramatic outing for director Joe Berlinger, and lead by an astounding performance by Zac Efron, as well as a stellar turn by Lily Collins.

    Storywise, don't expect too much background on Ted Bundy. This is very much centered around a particular start point, and while the film is shared in perspective by both Efron and Collins' characters, it really does require the attention to be focused on one chunk of…