Possum has written 17 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2021.

  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★★★★

    Benedetta more than effectively utilized girl power, both on 17th century French Catholics and also on me and my gf in the theater. She gaslit gatekept and girlbossed her way into getting some godhead from the pussy of Christ. A modern miracle from start to finish.


    My favorite film of 2021 alongside Titane.

  • Bacurau

    Bacurau

    ★★★★★

    An imperfect film to be sure, but any movie this bold, experimental, and ambitious demands to be seen. And I will always love a movie centered on a tight-knit indigenous community and a gang of indigenous queer outlaws wrecking shop on a bunch of unhinged colonizers who think they can slaughter with impunity and that human life is a game. I love to fucking see it.

  • Gozu

    Gozu

    ★★★★★

    The Charlie Brown of yakuza assassination attempts experiences the Sisyphean football kick trying to locate the guy he tried to kill through the maze of a Lynchian prefecture, experiencing increasingly feverish visions of breast milk, anal sex, and cum-drooling cow-men until finding the hot woman his friend became and giving in to his desire to fuck her.

    If it’s a trans metaphor, it’s clumsy but earnest, strange, funny, and pretty goddamn hot. 

    This is motherfucking cinema, baby.

  • Inside

    Inside

    ★★★★★

    The gruesome, grisly mutilations of motherhood with one of my favorite final moments in any film. If you can bear how viscerally brutal it is—and it was a lot even for me—it’s well worth your time.

    I am choosing to forgive the awful 2000s kitsch of the cgi fetus shots and the edgy as hell opening credits

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★★

    Pig deftly pulls off the tremendous feat of being disarmingly wholesome without being saccharine or trite. Every emotional beat of this anti-revenge movie lands like a fallen pinecone in a still forest: soft, understated, and deeply resonant. I was surprised how genuinely moved I was by it, and how cathartic the journey was.

    Hands-down my favorite of the year alongside Titane.

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★★★

    “don’t knock red tape, it’s the foundation of democracy!”

    The “post-war” really is forever

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    Experiencing that was an act of psychic and emotional violence. Hifi Central European Visions To Panic and Despair To. 10/10

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    debased and puppypilled

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★★

    This is what growing up with “pure-o” OCD is like

  • The Happiness of the Katakuris

    The Happiness of the Katakuris

    ★★★★★

    A heartwarming horror-musical about a Japanese family learning to look on the bright side of life by burying the bodies of all the people who keep dying at the new family inn. Sometimes you have to hide the evidence to find the love that was in your hearts all along.

  • Good Manners

    Good Manners

    ★★★★★

    An emotionally sharp, deeply prescient Brazilian film about a young queer Black woman forced to be an unwitting mother to a baby werewolf. A genrefluid horror-fantasy about misogynoir, the labors demanded of Black women, and the ways white women use Black women to raise their children. Similar to Get Out in that it’s not particularly scary in the monsters and startles sense, but in the very real dynamics of antiblackness (and in this case, misogynoir) which are structurally and interpersonally fundamental to everything that happens in this story and the society it takes place in.

  • Excision

    Excision

    ★★★★★

    Painfully real people in this slightly heightened satire world splitting apart at the sutures as its surgeon, a girl who really needs some fucking support, has a psychotic episode on the operating table. Excruciatingly honest, emotionally brutal, genuinely one of the most harrowing things I’ve ever seen. Well done. Loved it. Gonna be fucked up by this one for a minute.