microbatz

"Life isn't that bad, I just have a lot of pain."

Favorite films

  • Trust
  • Between the Lines
  • Memories of Murder
  • Truck Turner

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  • Siege

    ★★★★

  • Perfect Blue

    ★★★½

  • Saloum

    ★★★★

  • Defending Your Life

    ★★★½

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  • Between the Lines

    Between the Lines

    ★★★★★

    Perfect, flaws and all. I found it completely sincere and honest and true, and saw so much of my young self in it that I can't pretend to be objective. I adored it.

    This is a gently rambling hangout movie that follows the staff of a fading alternative paper in Boston in the late 70s, with the counterculture in the rear view mirror and a new corporate publisher on the horizon. It's like Return of the Secaucus Seven meets Broadcast…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★★

    This movie
    (a) rules
    (b) gets better with every viewing
    (c) hits different when you're a parent
    (d) makes me want to steal some milk

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  • Siege

    Siege

    ★★★★

    Hooptober 9, 4/31

    This dark, synth-laden canuxploitation twist on Assault on Precinct 13 follows a handful of neighbors holed up in a small apartment building in a remote corner of Halifax (!!!) as they scramble to fend off a gang of right wing shitheads out on a killing spree while the police are on strike. This is a nice slice of regional sleaze, refreshing for its Home Alone-like creativity as well as its liberal bent. It's definitely one of the…

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 9, 3/31

    I didn’t think I’d seen this, but it all felt too familiar. I must have seen it ages ago. Or maybe I’m imagining things…

    The most DePalma animated film I've ever seen, this is a heavy duty psychological thriller about fame and identity, full of sex, murder, and mental unraveling. It's a powerful exploration of fame and fandom, and of the behind the scenes systems propping up and destroying celebrities. It's also a landmark film in terms…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    loved the part in the trailer where jared leto turns to the camera all smeared with barbecue sauce and says "mcrib is back, baby"

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 9, 1/31

    First time trying Hooptober on for size, so I figured I’d start with one of the many classics I’ve never seen.

    Honestly, Dracula’s never really been my jam. I’m not opposed, mind you, but an old rich guy in a cape doesn’t do much for me. I guess it’s ironic with a last name like Batz, but I’ll take a crazed werewolf over a scheming old count any day of the week. I do like my share of vampire…