Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan

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Chucky fan and Oscars Death Race enthusiast. Follow for my annual failed attempts at the Race and multiple rewatches of Minding The Gap.

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  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage

    ★★★

    Somehow this is more of a PSA than The Amusement Park.

    I don't know. Is it homophobic to make such a homoerotic film about how drugs are bad, inadvertently equating the two? A film from the 80s where your lead character's moral degeneracy is deadly to others, making him pale and cachectic, driving him away from his long-suffering girlfriend? An urge which is only fed by following men into the showers or getting roughed up by a burly Village People…

  • The Amusement Park

    The Amusement Park

    ★★

    The core concept has so much potential, but it's commonly implemented in a blunt, uncreative manner that makes very poor use of the surrealism. It works best where it isn't just heightening elder abuse and setting it at a funfair - the conman, the biker gang, the random ward, the dodgems crash. Moments that instead try to evoke the feeling of being lost, confused, overstimulated, alone or longing for a time that had passed are much more effective, but they…

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  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★½

    Brandon Cronenberg you sick fuck.

    The technical elements of this film all gel into an unsettling, disorienting experience. I loved the audio mixing work in general, blending the paranoid orchestral score with layers of biological rhythms and retro technological interference for an immersive evocation of this bizarre dystopia. Similarly, the intimately observed details of the cinematography are tactile and personal, grounding the viewer in the espionage element of the script. Simultaneously, those elements are deliberately lost in an unmooring hallucinogenic…

  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    ★★

    This is the definition of a hot mess. It has a surface level glamour - though even that comes with some pretty shoddy camerawork - and damn near everything else is fucked. I don't get the love for this at all.

    The first thing to clarify is that this isn't a sports drama. It's a shame, because that would have been a wonderful way to set this apart from the crowd, but absolutely no effort whatsoever was made to invest…