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  • Weekend

    Weekend

    ★★★★★

    A testament to how vital it is to see films, even “small” ones, on the big screen whenever possible- I’ve always thought Weekend was nearly perfect, save for one detail I thought didn’t make sense. I caught that detail I was missing in the background of an early scene this time, so I think this really is perfect.

    A beautiful slice of intimacy and identity, and a look into what we choose to tell others, ourselves, and the world.

  • City of Lost Souls

    City of Lost Souls

    ★★★★

    Social commentary, darling. Social commentary. 


    Imagine if Ken Russell directed a bunch of RuPaul’s Drag Race sketches that had bold, prescient things to say about queerness and otherness. 


    That sort of begins to describe City of Lost Souls


    Keep an open mind about the microbudget. A lot of the pieces are really rough but they shine when they come together.

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  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 4.0: #10

    I started watching this on a date in 2010. I’m glad that I finally finished it but sad that it took me so long. I think it would have meant a lot to me during my struggles with depression and anxiety in my twenties. 

    Herk Harvey joins the list of incredible single-movie directors. This is less a horror movie than it is an exploration of women’s mental health and society’s frequent dismissal of it.

  • Vampyr

    Vampyr

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 4.0: #4

    An early masterwork in cinematography, atmosphere, and practical effects. Really beautiful and impressive work with shadows.