Steve Carlson

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You missed it, I saw it. You missed it.

Favorite films

  • Un Chien Andalou
  • A Man Escaped
  • Braindead
  • Red Spirit Lake

Recent activity

  • Between Men


  • The Virgin Suicides


  • Frontier Marshal


  • Empire of the Dark


Pinned reviews

  • You Could Have Seen The Mona Lisa

    You Could Have Seen The Mona Lisa


    I have never seen the Mona Lisa.

    A few months ago, we took my daughter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She had grown fond of a Gerald and Piggy "art-tivity" book, which had a large number of games and activities centered around famous paintings of the world, and included was an index that detailed the paintings referenced and where to see them. She saw that several were at the Met, so I asked her if she would like to…

  • Shatter Dead

    Shatter Dead


    One thing I've learned about myself while immersed in the world of SOV is that I no longer really give a tin shit whether or not something is narratively coherent or how formally impressive it is or isn't if, at bottom, it makes emotional sense to me. Shatter Dead is better made than most at this level because Scooter McCrae is a thoughtful dude with a number of strong ideas and a visual sense that finds striking images whenever he…

Recent reviews

  • Between Men

    Between Men


    This sure packs a lot of story into an hour.

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides


    Hoped to get more out of it this time around, but it still strikes me as hermetic in unproductive ways, depicting its central sisters not as characters but as fleshy metaphor. The Trip Fontaine segment is easily the best part of the film, mainly because nobody used Josh Hartnett better than this in this stage of his career. (It's also a nice touch that of course Trip would grow up to be the kind of person late-'90s Michael Paré would play.)

Popular reviews

  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow


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

    Rather than a proper review, I'd like to address something I've been seeing a lot vis-a-vis this here movie. In other words, I'm about to break this shit down real small.

    Great visual experience, but oh that ending! That seems to be a standard knock on Panos Cosmatos's sumptuous, thrilling sensory blast Beyond the Black Rainbow, to where even its champions feel like apologizing the last fifteen away. Nuts to that. Its ending is terrific, a sudden disorienting gearshift that…

  • Kung Fury

    Kung Fury


    Creatively bankrupt dead-eyed smug garbage masquerading as nostalgia-humping homage. Fuck this. Fuck all of this. Fuck everything it represents.