Nathaniel Thompson

Owner of the site Mondo Digital, author, commentator, and movie junkie.

Favorite films

  • Let the Right One In
  • Tenebre
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • What We Do in the Shadows

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  • Good Evening, Mr. Monster

    ★★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★½

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★½

  • The Silk Worm

    ★★★

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  • Good Evening, Mr. Monster

    Good Evening, Mr. Monster

    ★★★★

    If Vinegar Syndrome doesn't give this sucker a Blu-ray release, there's something very wrong with the world. Absolutely insane Spanish disco musical kid's monster movie with Paul Naschy (as El Hombre Lobo), walkie talkies, a slapstick Count Dracula and Quasimodo, a Rocky Horror-inspired song and dance number about turning into a werewolf, Dr. Frankenstein doing experiments in his cellar, and a boogie routine with a chorus line of skeletons. Astonishing.

  • The Silk Worm

    The Silk Worm

    ★★★

    Minor but fun little cosmopolitan giallo that feels more like ones Umberto Lenzi was cranking out in the late '60s than the slasher-style ones popular by this point. Lots of dancing, double crosses, shifty gigolos, and a smoking soundtrack by Mario Bertolazzi. A Blu-ray of this one would be very welcome.

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    For years people will be debating whether this is a horror film, a dark comedy New England period piece, a twisted Americanization of the Prometheus and Sisyphus myths, and/or a bitterly amusing portrait of male aggression and (terror of) intimacy. Any way you slice it, this is a visually intoxicating and brilliantly acted two hander from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson that manages to surpass Robert Eggers' mostly excellent The Witch (or The VVitch if you wanna be all 7even about it) by sticking the landing all the way to the unforgettable final shot. Easily worth repeated viewings and one of the great macabre nautical nightmares.

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★★

    Whatever Julia Ducournau's been up to in the five-year interim leading to this sophomore feature, it was totally worth it as she proves she's at the forefront of modern French filmmakers (or, well, filmmakers in general). Utterly hypnotic, provocative, and beautiful if you just go along for the ride, as well as a textbook example of what to hold back on and leave to expand in the viewer's imagination. Obviously this can be programmed down the road on twisted double features with films like Holy Motors, The Skin I Live In, Crash, Innocence, etc., but this is utterly its own beast and something you'll never forget.