NotASexyVamp

28, he/him. Spectacularly awkward gay pop culture nerd with Asperger's. Would be writer/filmmaker but too lazy and/or self-conscious.

Favorite films

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Querelle
  • The Company of Wolves
  • Taekwondo

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  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★½

  • The Menu

    ★★★★

  • The Stranger by the Shore

    ★★

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

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  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★½

    As a piece of art, this is stellar. A beautiful lovely update of the original story taken in a new direction by Del Toro, thematically concerned with the power of the individual rather than mindlessly obeying and conforming, emphasised by shifting the story to facist era Italy giving this a much darker tone. And the ideas around death, grief, fathers and sons and the pain of forever are extremely moving, especially in the painful melancholy ending which made me and…

  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★★★

    Wasted a metaphor by comparing Flux Gourmet to Peter Greenaway when the real Greenaway film was just around the corner. Unsubtle but thematically dense, obsessed with the visuals, stylisation and performance and of course food, and with a blackly comic streak. The best film he never made. Enjoyed the hell out of this. Not sure it's high art or as smart as it thinks it is (the climax especially is very silly) but cannot deny I had fun, super intense…

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  • Coded Bias

    Coded Bias

    ★★½

    Coded Bias might be the most timely and relevant film I see at MIFF2020 but I found the execution hamfisted and uncinematic. Makes sweeping generalisations with little evidence to back it up and it's moments of visual invention are cringeworthy (the female HAL riff is especially awful). Charismatic interview subjects, especially Buolamwini, but they deserve better than this film. I think my big problem is it eventually becomes about more than bias in software and algorithms (which is incredibly interesting,…

  • Forbidden Letters

    Forbidden Letters

    ★★★★★

    Been trying to think of the right words to talk about Forbidden Letters for a couple days now. After seeing the new restoration on PinkLabel.tv, I was blown away. Each scene has complex thematic exploration and is visually stunning.

    Forbidden Letters is a film about distance, longing and being closeted even when you're out and proud. Richard has been in prison for a year, while his boyfriend Larry waits and remembers. Today is the day Richard is released. They've had…