Shea Gallagher

Shea Gallagher

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Favorite films

  • Don't Look Now
  • Bedevil
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Suspiria

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  • Cat People

    ★★★★★

  • The Skeleton Dance

  • Gerorisuto

  • As Tears Go By

    ★★★½

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  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    You know those lightning-in-a-bottle moments that happen every so often when you're watching a film? The feeling that you've witnessed something so rare, so special, that it takes you to a transcendental plane of consciousness? Well, Stop Making Sense is that, non-stop for 88 minutes, and stays that way every time I watch it.

    I guess my favourite band is The Beatles (boring, I know), but Talking Heads is the answer I'm more likely to give if you ask me…

  • Dog Star Man

    Dog Star Man

    ★★★★★

    Ain't about how fast I get there
    Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
    It's the climb (yeah)

    - Miley Cyrus

    I am afraid to shut my eyes because I don’t want to miss anything. I am afraid to shut my eyes because I don’t want to be in the dark, all alone.

    A friend of mine once told me about a vision he would often have when he was younger. Sometimes, when his eyes would glaze over or…

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  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ★★★★★

    Still this pulsing night
    A plague I call a heartbeat

    An eerie, tragic masterpiece, and such an effective realisation of so many classic horror tropes: generational curses, religious paranoia, sexual repression, xenophobia, the black-clad vamp, the homicidally jealous spouse, the meddling shrink, spooky telephone call stalking, real life late night stalking on your walk home, even a big jump scare (supposedly invented here, though its oft-given name, the "Lewton Bus", doesn't give editor Mark Robson the credit he probably deserves,…

  • As Tears Go By

    As Tears Go By

    ★★★½

    "Stop being so good to me. I can't pay you back."

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  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    The World is Hell: Hopeless Cinema

    [more to come...writing something large-ish but I'm feeling worse the longer I think about this and need to go to bed]


    Update: More thoughts added

    I have spent several hours now performing an exorcism on myself and I still only feel marginally better than I did when the lights came on and I emerged from the interminable hellscape that is this fucking movie. It is a million times more apocalyptically bleak than you could…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Please get over yourself.

    My feelings may change, and it's been a hot minute since I've seen any Kaufman so I may be in a weird place with him, but a lot of this was insufferable and crushingly disappointing. Synecdoche, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine are three films I adore, and here I just feel none of the humanity or creativity that makes those films so special. Sure, there's discomfort and moments of deeply upsetting psychological horror - as a cinematic…