Corey Donovan

Corey Donovan

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Dropped star ratings from November 17, 2020 to May 18, 2021. Why? I'm not sure myself, but it led to the revelation of full star supremacy.

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  • The Punisher

    The Punisher

    ★★★★

    This was so fucking good, like what the fuck. Comic book films can do better than the slop they are today. This is a prime example; I know it’s Frank Castle and the hyper violence can’t exactly be easily replicated across every character but give me just a small percentage of this’s will to be provocative. We need to go back to the days of comic book cinema where someone would utter, “fucking faggot frenchman,” people’s necks got mutilated in…

  • La Notte

    La Notte

    ★★★★★

    I love Jeanne Moreau; I know, this is exactly what I said to open the first time I watched this. And it’s no surprise that that this holds true. I did at one point say out loud to myself in an empty room, “She’s so beautiful.” Admittedly it’s the obsession over a dead woman, but I can’t help it. Though it explains my aversion to Vertigo but my adoration for the few riffs of it that I have seen—the image…

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  • The Devil Is a Woman

    The Devil Is a Woman

    ★★★★

    Dietrich and von Sternberg’s final film together has to be the most appropriate watch after Don Jon. Dudes ruining their lives, giving it all just to look at a beautiful woman—Marlene Dietrich—that they could never possess. There is nothing better than a woman abstracted by masks, streamers, 86 years, and a TV screen. I won’t lie, I’d shell out for the occasional opportunity to gaze at Marlene Dietrich and have the favor be returned as just a glancing acknowledgment of…

  • Don Jon

    Don Jon

    ★★

    Watching this on my birthday as the ultimate act of self-harm yet also as an act of solidarity. And it was a sort of worthwhile endeavor as it does surprisingly engage itself as a meta textual commentary on an image-obsessed world that infects relationships, sexuality, and masculinity. Except that it slowly disengages more and more with that commentary after the first third or so. Relying way too much on repetitions of a dude who is cumbrained beyond belief. Which is…

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  • Invasion of Astro-Monster

    Invasion of Astro-Monster

    ★★★

    When they leave Godzilla and Rodan on Planet X, that was sad as fuck. Never leave the homies behind and definitely don’t sell them out as part of some sketchy defense contract.

  • Ballad of Orin

    Ballad of Orin

    ★★★★★

    Going to present an admittedly reductive thought: Ballad of Orin echoes Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees as a realist counterpart to the latter’s fantastical myth where a woman’s desires are met, for the most part, unabridged. In the realist lens this echo is just that, a calling out for something that repeats itself through hollow spaces. Accepting that a realist lens will not shy away from everyday struggle and tragedy, that something is always unattainable in the hollow spaces carved…