Esmé Holden

Esmé Holden Pro

Favorite films

  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Millennium Mambo
  • The Heiress
  • Wanda

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  • The Book of Solutions

  • The Mask

  • Digital Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro: The Real-World Guide to Set Up and Workflow

  • La Chimera

    ★★★★★

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  • The Mask

    The Mask

    I found this pretty difficult to watch, it made me feel pretty helpless. But I guess that's how it feels to be alive right now.

  • Barbie

    Barbie

    One thing I noticed this time around is something that Barbie has in common with Poor Things: as both of their innocent female protagonists become self-actualised and more deeply human (or human at all), they also become blanker. I'm not sure if this is a limitation of the actors' or directors' imaginations, but in both films a liberated woman is one without spark or vibrancy, both feels a sad resignation of having to grow up and leave their quite different visions of purity, a perfectly curated gender-essentialist fantasy in Barbie's case and a life of fluid libertine freedom in Poor Things'.

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Despite being about an immigrant family, being lead by a Malaysian actress and referencing many of her (and other's) Chinese movies, Everything Everywhere All At Once is deeply American in the worst possible way. Beyond all the intentionally pointless guff—much of it as Reddit as anything ever put to screen—it has a message as banal as "be nice", and, more importantly, "you can do anything as long as you believe in yourself". There is no material reality, there is no class system, there are no politics; literal economic problems can be overcome metaphorically. The American dream logic expressed as stupidly as possible.

  • Barbie

    Barbie

    With its big, colourful sets and abstracted musical numbers, it’s clear that Barbie wants to capture the feeling of Old Hollywood, of the MGM musicals, but it’s far too overthought to let itself fall asleep and wake up in a dream ballet (and when it pretends to, it’s clear Gerwig has no feel for it at all). But the film isn’t exactly neurotic, not in the personal way that I had hoped for, that I thought was the best case…