• The Living Dead Girl

    The Living Dead Girl

    ★★★★★

    hannibal for people whose dracula is carmilla

  • Love Everlasting

    Love Everlasting

    listened to the cure while watching because the soundtrack provided on the internet archive copy wasn't nearly moody enough.... and lyda borelli walking down the desolate countryside dressed all in black set to prayers for rain was such a vibe!

  • Cries and Whispers

    Cries and Whispers

    ingmar bergman's valley of the dolls

  • With Beauty and Sorrow

    With Beauty and Sorrow

    the psycho lesbian wasn't nearly fun enough to excuse the.. everything else. sad!

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

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

    obviously one of the best films ever made in terms of how colours, imagery and soundtrack create a thoroughly emotional experience, but i can't help but be slightly disappointed with the second half, after the twist is revealed, every time i watch it. it's an issue i often have with hitchcock, especially with rebecca as well, his similar tale of romance and obsession. both lull the viewer into their visions of passion with an intensity only matched by the best…

  • The Coffee House

    The Coffee House

    fassbinder's approach to staging and letting actors pose almost tableau vivant style that feels so indebted to his theatre background is something i deeply admire about his work - but it's better utilized in the stylized, exaggerated melodramas he'd do later on, or even in the cold artificiality of his early gangster films. as almost completely static filmed theatre with pretty much no cinematic flourishes at all however it was really testing my patience. truly for completists only, though i'm glad he'd refine these sensibilities for his actual films.

  • Les Vampires

    Les Vampires

    the scott walker albums i listened to while watching this, ranked by how fitting they were

    1. tilt: works unbelievably well? should be used to score every silent film, believe me i know this.

    2. the drift: not bad, would be better if the film was about real vampires though

    3. scott: interesting.............and by that i mean it doesn't work in the slightest. the car chase set to angelica was....fascinating. the only reason this didn't take the last place is…

  • The Shiver of the Vampires

    The Shiver of the Vampires

    not sure why i'm actually drawn to these lesbian vampire movies so much when the ones i've seen are essentially all the same - lesbian desire framed as an erotic fantasy outside the trite heteronormative world the film will ultimately fall back on, paired with the decay of the aristocracy often embodied by the carmilla type vampire, even though you've got to wonder where the sympathies lie when all the old castles and foggy graveyards are so beautifully filmed anyway.…

  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★★★

    when men wear black turtlenecks. ok whore

  • Katzelmacher

    Katzelmacher

    they're all wearing the same outfits every day as if they're cartoon characters

  • Morocco

    Morocco

    ★★★★★

    so unbelievably hypnotising, von sternberg just works better with less plot. genuinely thinking the early talkie difficulties aren't even to the film's detriment in the slightest, it's all part of the hazy veil obscuring everyone's emotions until it's lifted in the final moments.

  • Midsommar