28, he/him. Spectacularly awkward gay pop culture nerd with Asperger's. Would be writer/filmmaker but too lazy and/or self-conscious.
There's Always Vanilla 1971
The odd duck in George A. Romero's filmography, the lone non horror entry is little more than a curio and a frankly very uninteresting one. Feels like his student film, a grab bag of ideas centred around one very unlikable asshole. He's directionless and unmotivated but instead of being sympathetic, he's consistently sexist and lazy, mooching off his girlfriend, berating her at the slightest annoyance and spouting off empty faux profound bullshit. Probably a critique of this kind of misogyny…
John Wick 2014
Rewatched with my boyfriend in preparation for the new one. I don't really remember much of this film and I can kind of see why. Much prefer the later, siller, more grandiose entries. In comparison, this feels very insular and small. Great action setpieces (holy shit that club scene is nirvana) and the building up of the mythos is great. A lot of this is hilarious, seeing people talking up John Wick while others constantly underestimate him.
Great character work…
Ice Merchants 2022
Not me crying over some hats... Really incredible motion animation here and there's a gorgeous final image that is so perfect.
Coded Bias 2020
Coded Bias might be the most timely and relevant film I see at MIFF2020 but I found the execution hamfisted and uncinematic. Makes sweeping generalisations with little evidence to back it up and it's moments of visual invention are cringeworthy (the female HAL riff is especially awful). Charismatic interview subjects, especially Buolamwini, but they deserve better than this film. I think my big problem is it eventually becomes about more than bias in software and algorithms (which is incredibly interesting,…