Simon Woods

Avid cinephile looking to expand my horizons.

Top 4 are my favorite first-time watches of the past month.

Favorite films

  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Chungking Express
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Exotica

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  • Tales from the Hood

    ★★★★

  • The Fly

    ★★★★½

  • The Curse of the Cat People

    ★★★★★

  • Prince of Darkness

    ★★★★½

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  • Tales from the Hood

    Tales from the Hood

    ★★★★

    BANGER. Did not expect this to be as in-your-face prescient as it wound up being; this thing gets real dark. The offset of Clarence Williams III's kooky interstitial energy adds some lovely levity to the proceedings, but the booming echo of the film's razor-sharp dissection of American race barely allows one to breathe. While the walking corpse and the killer dolls are both quite good, it's really "Boys Do Get Bruised" (with its chillingly believable "monster" of a stepfather) and…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    Cronenberg casts aside the emotional repression which fuels so many of his most noted films, and lets the operatic tragedy play out in all its pulpy, horrifying glory. Essentially a three-hander for much of the run-time, we are trapped in the periphery of this heartbreaking transformation from man to animal (or something else entirely) with no escape. The blunt finality of the ending is the perfect capper: There's no way out for any of these characters, except the void. One of the most viscerally upsetting films ever made.

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    Did I really just watch this twice in the span of 24 hours? You bet your ass I did!

    Well, to be fair, the second viewing was with my music-obsessed girlfriend. And I don't regret it one bit, because holy shit this was great. I love being able to feel this exhilarated by a new film, it's something I haven't felt to this extent in a while. Definitely something I know will be pretty consistently in my rewatch cycle from now on. And that soundtrack will be on repeat for a while.

  • The Game

    The Game

    ★★★★½

    This has to be one of the most fascinatingly strange "mainstream" American thrillers I've ever seen. Fincher's anticlimax is one of the most brilliant sick jokes I've experienced in a film, and it's kind of perfect the longer I sit with it. Weird, cryptic, pulpy, incomplete... Utterly entrancing.