Chris

Humanist and lover of all things film.


Exile is no place for a person or your compassion.

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  • Dracula 3000

    Dracula 3000

    ½

    Imagine a Resident Evil intro cinematic stretched to an hour and a half with no self-awareness and even worse production quality. 

    Not even worth an ironic viewing.

  • The Eyes of My Mother

    The Eyes of My Mother

    ★★★★

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

    HoopTober 2019 #7


    A shocking and ultimately depressing portrait of a woman whose life has been irrevocably altered by childhood trauma.

    The second of my HoopTober watches to cover the ripple effect of traumatic events, this one takes a look at things on a more solitary scale. Following a string of events, beginning with the sudden violent murder of her mother and exacerbated by her isolated environment, Francisca copes with her tragedies with the limited life tools she’s acquired. Spoiler…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 2017 #1

    Slasher film? Counterculture art film? Proto torture porn?

    Tobe dipped his hand into a well of ideas and returned with gold with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Few films manage to be as equally terrifying and gorgeous as this one. This movie should be viewed by anyone studying shot composition, period.

    Perhaps most impressive is how much of the grotesque torture and cannibal-ry occurs off-screen. The sound design more than anything is perfectly utilized to induce fear…

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★½

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

    Hooptober 2017 #6

    There were three times throughout this film that I had to hit the pause button to gather myself for a second, and not just because what's depicted is fundamentally disturbing (it is). It's not only unflinchingly grotesque, but directed so sure-handedly you'd be forgiven for assuming this wasn't Julia Ducournau's first time in the chair.

    To me, the pulsing heart of this film is the score. Each pivotal plot point is underscored by an unforgettable musical cue…