EJ Paras

EJ Paras Patron

Favorite films

  • The Mother and the Whore
  • Cabaret
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Wanda

Recent activity

  • The Boy and the Heron


  • The Promised Land


  • The Sweet East


  • La Syndicaliste


Pinned reviews

  • Boyfriends and Girlfriends

    Boyfriends and Girlfriends


    “At most, I can playact a bit. But not with someone I want to love me. I want to be loved for who I am, not who I pretend to be.”

    I’m not really sure how I pick the order I watch the films of Éric Rohmer, but since we’re in the heat of summer, it’s foolish not to seek out the sunny, summer stories, and L’ami de mon amie felt like a great one to watch. I won’t lie,…

  • School of Rock

    School of Rock


    “Liza Minnelli?”

    The DVD menu for this film provides this overwhelming sense of comfort. I let it run once before hitting play last night. In my life, without exaggeration, I’ve probably seen this film north of 50 times? It could be 75+ and I’d believe it. This movie was on high-rotation for me between the years of 2004 and roughly 2007, let’s say. No social media, so perhaps this was my Subway Surfers TikToks for the era.

    “Oh, I was…

Recent reviews

  • The Boy and the Heron

    The Boy and the Heron


    “I know it’s a lie. But I have to see.”

    That ending had me beaming. The Boy and the Heron displays a version of love and acceptance that few films can or have even attempted to tackle. Refreshing in its approach, while the lessons themselves are timeless. The ending is truly a hug, but what a journey it took to get there.

    A sensory-overload experience courtesy of the mind of Hayao Miyazaki, and talk about dense as heck. I’ll admit,…

  • The Promised Land

    The Promised Land


    “Spoken like a true soldier.”

    I love going into movies totally blind. This movie was such a rewarding experience in part because of that factoid. Film at Lincoln Center had a Patron screening of The Promised Land (I personally prefer the original Danish title Bastarden [The Bastard]), and what a treat it was. Greatly enjoyed this film and the talks I had with other goers after at the reception.

    I suppose all I knew was that this was a Danish…

Popular reviews

  • Bottoms



    “Could the ugly, untalented gays please report to the principal’s office?”

    Last night I got to watch the World Premiere of this movie at SXSW at the beautiful Paramount Theatre. I had my Shiva Baby hat on and was ready for the latest collab between Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott.

    And this plays so well, especially with a crowd. Seligman introduced this movie as being “silly and absurd and gay” (which got rapturous applause). And she wasn’t kidding, most of all…

  • For Sama

    For Sama


    “I don’t want to die, I want to live.”
    “I keep filming.”

    Dear Sama, your parents are incredible, brave, and amazing people. The existence of this film is a testament to the strength and fortitude of the people.

    “This is not about the place, places are about their people.”

    This is an intense, devastating, and crushing documentary film made by Waad al-Kateab. I’ve never seen anything like it, and it should be required viewing for all people, to gain an understanding…