theburkenation

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Aspiring writer, actor, and all-around film enthusiast.

Favorite films

  • School of Rock
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • The Master
  • The Room

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  • In This Corner of the World

    ★★★½

  • Death Takes a Holiday

    ★★★½

  • The House

    ★★★★

  • Belle

    ★★★½

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  • The House

    The House

    ★★★★

    "Following instructions only leads to self-destruction."

    A nightmarish stop-motion fable about the perils of materialism, The House feels like a mash-up of the directorial styles of Wes Anderson, Henry Selick, and David Lynch. Seriously, I think if you put Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, and Inland Empire into a blender The House would come out! Similarly to Belle, another animated film I just watched, the three short stories in The House just bombard the user with ideas. Unlike Belle, The House…

  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★★½

    "Welcome to U."

    (Before I begin this review, I just want to quickly say thank you all for helping me reach 300 followers! I love the community on letterboxd, and I've enjoyed reading all your reviews and thoughts on movies and I appreciate all your friendships and comments. How fitting that this movie is about our own relationship with the internet!)

    Relentlessly overstimulating, Belle is a film that I think is at its absolute best when its not trying to…

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  • In This Corner of the World

    In This Corner of the World

    ★★★½

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

    "I want you to stay ordinary and sane until the end."

    I kind of don't want to review this movie, because I wish I had gone in completely blind. Even though the journey to this film's eventual conclusion is easily foretold, and contains fresh perspectives, I think that if you've heard of this movie and are interested in watching it, stop reading this review right now, go to Netflix, sit down and watch In This Corner of the World, and…

  • Death Takes a Holiday

    Death Takes a Holiday

    ★★★½

    "One cannot live on beauty alone. One also desires a drink."

    I was inspired to watch Death Takes a Holiday because this was another film Wes Anderson cited as having a major inspiration on him. I have to say, watching films "backwards" like this has been super insightful. Paul Thomas Anderson is on to something when he says this is how film school should be taught!

    The conceit of Death Takes a Holiday is kind of brilliant. Death takes on…

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  • The Backrooms

    The Backrooms

    I hope this stays on Letterboxd because this little short was one of the scariest things I've seen in my life.

  • Don't Breathe 2

    Don't Breathe 2

    ★★★½

    "I don't know who he is, but I know who he's not."

    I kind of hate myself a little bit for loving this. This really worked for me! The blind man in the first movie is a despicable monster, but in this sequel, he gets his redemption and they do a great job of selling the story. The shift from horror/thriller to a weird family drama with psychological gorror aspects doesn't always work, but when its fun, its fun. This…