Recovering Trash Cinema Addict | 25 | he/him
FAVORITES are the last four Really Good™ movies I watched for the first time.
(Watch here, preferably knowing as little as possible — that includes reading a description of the film or genre tags. Special thanks to yarb for putting this on my radar.)
Late into Dadetown, one of the API suits mentions that he read somewhere that “responsibility is being placed on the individual more than ever before.” He says this like it’s a boon of neoliberalism; paradoxically, the atomization of society is what flattens towns like Dadetown. Once a community is as…
Beau Is Afraid 2023
I did not expect the film to take its title so literally and, maybe more importantly, so guilelessly, because while this concept makes for an effective, if goofy short film, three hours does not an Odyssey make.
Nor does it ever justify itself past the first hour. Aster constructs an impressionistic nightmare world straddling the line between A Clockwork Orange and your average Charles Bronson flick, but beyond being a shallow metaphor for the world your coddling mother didn’t prepare…
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
I debated putting this on for my AFI streak (remember that?), but since “What Does The Fox Say?” was the height of comedy when I last watched it, a revisit was in order.
Mulligan’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s “Great American Novel” is anything but a mulligan — it wouldn’t be fair to call this translation rote, but there is a sense that it owes its better nature to the source material. Still, though Mulligan’s direction manifests less apparently behind the…
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 2023
By my count, this is the 10th Spider-Man flick released in my lifetime (averaging a new one every two-and-a-half years!) and God-knows-what iteration of the same Hero’s Journey/Bildungsroman that’s dominated blockbuster cinema since Star Wars inspired us to dream big and keep telling the same coming-of-age story for the rest of time, but you know what? This one gets a pass. Dos Santos/Powers/Thompson are a triple threat, directing their Spider-People to new heights, inverted or otherwise, yo-yo-ing them across universes…
Terrifier 2 2022
“Can we please just stop talking about cereal?”
Don’t know about this one. You can tell Leone is really trying in the sequel to his cult splatter film, Terrifier. In an effort to head off criticism of scant plot and minimal characterization, he spent three months fleshing out the character of Sienna, whom he describes as the “heart and soul” of this sequel. An admirable conception; still… “heart and soul?” In a Terrifier movie?
My first tip-off that Leone is…
“Look under the bed.”
I may try to articulate myself more meaningfully at some point, possibly on rewatch if I can brave it, but I’d just like to say that Skinamarink is very likely the most terrifying film I’ve ever seen. Terrifying in a way that has upset me tonight, like left me emotionally distraught. At one point, I cried and they weren’t tears of any emotion other than pure dread, tears that haven’t welled up in my eyes since…