Fred Barrett

Powerviolence and EDM enthusiast.

Favorite films

  • Two in the Shadow
  • Crimes of the Future
  • Tokyo Decadence
  • Laura

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  • The Girl and the Spider

  • Saloum

  • Întregalde

  • Triangle of Sadness

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  • Triangle of Sadness

    Triangle of Sadness

    Obnoxious and dull. Personally, the equal-opportunity satire of The Square always registered as pretty shallow and lacking any real conviction, and Östlund's tendency to go after the easiest targets in the most obvious ways seemed juvenile at best, and cynical at worst. Unfortunately, he is still very much stuck in broad misanthropy mode here, skewering the ultra-wealthy via jabs at social media influencers, the fashion world, fine dining – the cruise guest's expensive and abstract seafood dishes are contrasted with…

  • Bad Lieutenant

    Bad Lieutenant

    ★★★★★

    Bad Lieutenant is perhaps the perfect encapsulation of Ferrara's grindhouse-via-arthouse sensibility, and as usual, his work proves immensely rewarding to anyone willing to gaze beyond its sleazy surface. The director would eventually begin setting his drama against a larger scale, with films like 4:44 Last Day on Earth exploring the fall of man in a more cosmic sense, but his '92 classic will likely remain his, and perhaps even the, definitive film about how grace remains in reach for even the most wicked and deranged among us.

    I wrote about Abel Ferrara's agonizing crime drama masterpiece. You can read it here.

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Given our culture's current obsession with multiverses, it's unsurprising that yet another film should come around, exploring alternate dimensions and timelines. While the recent wave of universe-hopping action has so far mostly been relegated to comic book fare like the fantastic Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the wildly popular adult animated sci-fi comedy series Rick and Morty, it was only a matter of time until this very exploitable concept would find its way into other media as well. Enter Everything…

  • The Tinder Swindler

    The Tinder Swindler

    Pretty hilarious that this Netflix assembly line documentary expects me to sympathize with people who willingly got involved with someone they thought was either an arms dealer, a Mossad agent or the heir to a fortune built through owning diamond mines in Angola and building settlements in the West Bank.