Favorite films

  • Possession
  • La Commune (Paris, 1871)
  • A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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  • Southbound

    ★★★½

  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    ★★★

  • Scare Me

    ★★★

  • The Medium

    ★★★½

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  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★½

    One of the great powers of cinema is that through design, lighting and special effects the viewer can be transported anywhere: ancient Greece, deep space, medieval England or a dystopian future. Anywhere, that is, except for Italy.

    Because Italy, where the vast majority of House of Gucci takes place, apparently wouldn't be recognizable to audiences without the film’s actors speaking in broad, embarrassing caricatures of Italian-accented English.

    It's a common racist choice in Hollywood films to represent characters' native languages…

  • The Feast

    The Feast

    ★★★

    Some of my favorite films are built around the dinner party that goes terribly terribly awry – the kind of surreally catastrophic evenings that allow filmmakers to explore the violence of gender and the family (Festen, The Invitation) or create horrifying nightmares about the upper classes (La Grande Bouffe, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie).

    The full dining room is an image of patriarchal power over the home – we all know who sits at the head of the table…

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  • Southbound

    Southbound

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    We love a horror anthology that unifies itself narratively and thematically while still being made of tonally distinct despair numbers, not to mention 'surprise it's a prequel/time loop!'

  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    ★★★

    With the exception of the unnecessary Redfields-as-children flashbacks that felt like a weird Conjuring rip-off, this movie is good clean fun. Awesome sound design, genuinely great visual sequences (I'm sure the montage lit only by rhythmic pistol shot was ripping someone off but I was here for it), and both more of a horror movie and more like the Resident Evil games than any of the previous. Some very VERY silly scenes and bad writing but I come to this franchise for big dumb action horror and by god I got it.

    Johannes Roberts >> James Wan

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  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    I hate to say this, as it was a Secret Cinema rec (shout outs to Harlequinade! I really do think this was a good pick for me, and also, sorry) and I had it in my watchlist and was excited to see it, but I kinda hated this.

    This is a fascist troll of a film, with its ur-racist genocide against the violent kidnapping savages narrative explained and laid out by an indigenous character, who distances "real natives" such as…

  • National Treasure

    National Treasure

    ★★

    Proto q-anon American history as a series of nonsensically transhistorical objects, hidden beneath the objects of political struggle a secret mythology even more banal than the real historical vulgarity of slave-owning colonialism, macguffin hunts all the way down.