Favorite films

  • Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the 60s in Brussels
  • Clueless
  • Millennium Mambo
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

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  • Avatar

    ★★★★½

  • Vampyr

    ★★★★½

  • White Zombie

    ★★★★★

  • The Munsters

    ★★★★

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  • Vampyr

    Vampyr

    ★★★★½

    This is a film where knowledge of its production history helps to appreciate the strange shapes it takes. Faced with the requirement to shoot three times in three languages, Dreyer wisely decided to limit dialogue to just an interpolation, with on-screen text as prominent a presence as the human voice. As often, practical constraints lead to formal innovation: VAMPYR is functionally a silent film, with sound unevenly applied through the haphazard technological advances of the time (in France at the…

  • White Zombie

    White Zombie

    ★★★★★

    Imagery in this is so spooky and advanced, the sound design too. Absolutely my new Lugosi favorite. I love that it’s like an hour long, feels like reading a great old horror novella. Experiencing any work of art made almost a century ago and understanding the raw immediacy of it is a fantastic feeling. Horror is eternal and eternity is horror.

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    "I hate myself

    I hate myself

    I hate myself

    For loving you"

    The text people are searching for to decode this bizarre film is Hiroki Azuma's critical theory book Otaku: Japan's Database Animals. I first heard of the book through McKenzie Wark, who, following Azuma, posited that Japan had begun grappling with post-modernity several decades earlier than the rest of the world. This I think is true, because what began in Japan can be seen emerging in the United States…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    I feel like, in response to growing up and realizing they’re not meant to be important artists or leaders or activists or whatever, and that they’re just living an ordinary adult life like the rest of us, certain millennials have doubled down on that disappointment from the high expectations they had in childhood and are now like, actually I am the *most* important person in every universe that exists. Multiversal main character syndrome.

    With an escalating mass mental health crisis…