Christian Molenaar

Christian Molenaar

Yes I would like to be your friend

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Gretel & Hansel

    Gretel & Hansel

    ★★★½

    It’s nice to see Perkins get back to indulging his distinctive visual sensibility after the tepid I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives In the House, but it’s a shame it’s done in favor of such a bland script. Perkins and co-writer Rob Hayes take enough liberties with the original story to make it feel new, but the characters are left as shallow fairy tale cyphers and the plot resolves itself all too easily. Still, Perkins’ singular compositions let this film stand out even when the story can’t.

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★½

    Turns out I still don’t get Truffaut

Popular reviews

More
  • FearDotCom

    FearDotCom

    ★★★★½

    Simultaneously the most 2000s horror movie while also charting its own territory somewhere totally unique—an internet-based slasher procedural trapped in an endless maze of high gothic neo-German expressionist sets. The screenplay is beyond moronic (feardotcom.com) but the film’s observations about a video-obsessed online culture fixated on spreading viral content—a culture that had yet to even come about in 2002–hit far harder today than could have been possible at the time of release. Coupled with the genuine aesthetic brilliance on display,…

  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives

    ★★★★

    It feels more than a little ridiculous to call this an "action movie" given the glacially slow nightmare pace it maintains for the duration of its running time, but with this many katana mutilations I suppose that's the only place it really fits. Brutally anti-commercial stuff. Feels like Refn specifically made this movie to piss off anyone who dared criticize Drive for moving too slowly--though of course he outdid himself on that front with the masterful Fear X a decade earlier.