• The Creeping Terror

    The Creeping Terror

    Funny I decided to watch this so close to Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona as they seem to use narration in a similar fashion. Letting the narrator describe what the characters are saying rather than letting them speak for themselves. 

    Unfortunately Allen’s film consisted of the American bourgeois rather than a giant slug.

  • The Saddest Music in the World

    The Saddest Music in the World

    ★★★★

    The Saddest Music in the World is Guy Maddin’s nostalgic cinematic sensibilities at full effect and serves as a pretty safe entry point for someone just getting into his work. Though still bizarre and surreal, the simple narrative and Maddin’s sarcastic tongue-in-cheek comedic tone are engaging enough for a newcomer while still giving the viewer a taste of the filmmaking techniques of the past that Maddin reinvents, mainly German expressionism and Soviet montage editing.

  • Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles

    Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles

    I like Billie Eilish’s music quite a bit. I have ever since she released her first EP, so much so that I own all of her albums on vinyl. However, I try to avoid most things she does outside of music as a lot of it teeters on the line of cringe. That’s why I’ve stayed away from the Apple streaming service doc that was released about a year ago, but I was eager to watch this as it was…

  • Until the Light Takes Us

    Until the Light Takes Us

    Everything about black metal sucks except the music.

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★

    I didn’t expect it to happen but Bo Burnham: Inside has become one of those movies that I struggle to articulate my feelings for. A similar situation happened with Joker of all things before I settled on a two and a half star rating or something like that. Inside is different though, it’s not technically a film, it’s a special. Filmed, written, directed, edited by Burnham instead of being performed in front of a live audience, so it’s a... movie? 

    I like a…

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  • The Projectionist

    The Projectionist

    ★★★

    It’s odd that the film M.F.A. was showing at one of the indie theatres featured in the film as that was the movie that basically reinvigorated my watching of Ferrara’s filmography. After being underwhelmed with the best picture nominee Promising Young Woman, I was recommended M.F.A. by a friend of mine who had it recommended to them as “Promising Young Woman but better” so I decided to give it a shot. Finding that it hit the same story beats almost…

  • Return to Greendale

    Return to Greendale

    ★★★

    Not sure if this made me more or less excited to watch Greendale...

  • Searching for Padre Pio

    Searching for Padre Pio

    ★★½

    I forget where/who the quote comes from but I distinctly remember hearing someone say that cinema is a language that surpasses any geography (or something to that effect, definitely paraphrasing there) and I took that into account when watching Searching for Padre Pio, Ferrara’s contribution to what I gather is an Italian series. 

    The only version of this film I could find (and I mean ONLY) was a YouTube upload of the film, seemingly taken from Italian television. The unfortunate…

  • True Stories

    True Stories

    ★★★★

    “When I first come to a place I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks, the colour of white paper, the way people walk, doorknobs, everything. Then I get used to the place and I don’t notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.”

  • The Gold Rush

    The Gold Rush

    ★★★★

    There’s no separate page for the 1942 cut of this film so my rating on here will remain the same, however, I’d rate the updated version pretty low. 

    I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately and last night I decided to watch The Gold Rush again as I try to fall asleep. Instead of watching the version I’d seen already and love, I decided to try out the ‘42 version. It’s essentially a bastardized version of the same film where Chaplin…

  • Safety First

    Safety First

    ★★★½

    Shout out to the boys!
    Mario and Kiran, you guys killed it, congratulations!