hamburger has written 477 reviews for films during 2016.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    when i watched this the first time a few years ago, i specifically remember thinking that the use of the color red was really heavy-handed and it put me off of the film.

    this time, i barely noticed the color red at all and found myself really engrossed in the psychological and emotional complexities. guess i grew up a bit.

  • Tenebre

    Tenebre

    this is probably the film i would show to an american looking for a gateway into the giallo genre. it overlaps nicely with many of the horror-slasher tropes that hollywood-only viewers could identify with while also being distinctly italian.

    the kills are thrilling and argento managed to find just the right amount of characters to keep the mystery going without becoming to confusing or hard to follow.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    the thing that makes our dreams what they are is that they are plausible as long as we are in them (i know this aspect has been said ad infinitum but its one of the most important and human parts of our existence). often in my dreams, i walk down the hallways of a half-remembered labyrinthine school visiting old forgotten friends and teachers, the walls glowing with organic yet incandescent heat at night, and perhaps i'm not supposed to be…

  • Deep Red

    Deep Red

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    All the elements of the previous Argento films I've seen recently are crystallized here. Many of the extraneous attributes have been wiped away like fine powder leaving something highly distilled (but not completely, I still found myself pseudo-bored-confused by the parts involving the child folk song).

    I'm sure the murder scenes receive much praise for their fluid execution, but Argento handles other scenes masterfully as well. Nothing particularly amazing happened, but I still found myself entranced by the early scene…

  • Don't Torture a Duckling

    Don't Torture a Duckling

    i fell asleep soooo many times while watching this, it took me a week to finish it.

    the journalist character was so boring and unmemorable, i forgot who he was during the last scene. at least the violence scenes were entertaining.

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    good old thriller filled with implausible reactions to implausible situations... and i wouldn't have it any other way!

    i appreciated how patient it was and how the inevitable conclusion was earned by building up to it so slowly.

  • I-Be Area

    I-Be Area

    i didn't expect it to be this gay, but hell if it doesn't work

    all i need is subtitles so i can understand wtf is happening and a HQ-er version of it and i'll be set

  • Author: The JT LeRoy Story

    Author: The JT LeRoy Story

    i must live in a fucking bubble because i had never even heard of JT LeRoy before I heard of this movie. the story itself isn't too too compelling, but the ideas it brings about identity and fiction are exactly what i love to think about.

    would have liked to hear more from savannah.

    how much of those recorded phone calls are real? although i don't know if asking what's real or not is a very appropriate question in the case of this particular story...

  • Pass Thru

    Pass Thru

    best parts:

    - Thgil naming himself after a discarded Dannon yogurt container

    - Thgil and Amanda both coincidentally folding "laundry" at the same time, and it's just a piece of fabric with a big hole in it

    - Breen lumping in the Real Housewives with other "harmful people" like "international bankers" and the people "who caused the wars".

    - "YOU ARE NOW FREE... FROM PTSD"

    - Thgil killing 300 million people and then telling everyone else to "revolt". Who are…

  • Night Watch

    Night Watch

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    i was so so tired when i watched this i barely processed anything but still

    1. only one vampire wearing an adias sweatsuit in the whole movie? come on now

    2. fox searchlight needs to fuck off with those silly animated subtitles

    3. was the big plot twist of this movie that it was actually pro-life and posited that if your son realizes that you actually wanted him aborted he'll grow up and destroy the earth with evil dark devil raven bird vampire energy powers?

  • Frank

    Frank

    very thought-provoking, makes me want to reflect deeply upon myself as an artist. why can't i make music? the door to that alterworld is locked for me.

    maggie gyllenhaal is power. she needs to star in a lot more shit like this.

    no one who uses hashtags like that could ever be a great musician. the 21st century only confirmed what we already knew about cher

  • The Mutilator

    The Mutilator

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    did anyone else think sue's death was too cruel and gruesome and didn't really fit in with the tone of the rest of the movie? so sick, especially considering she was the least annoying character

    anyway, if anyone deserved to die, it was pam because TWICE in the movie she leave her can of beer unfinished! don't waste it, pam!