nocturnalduck has written 11 reviews for films rated ★½ .

  • The Haunting of Bly Manor

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    precipitously drops in quality after the pilot once mediocre tv directors take over and start trying to replicate the stylistic tics/mannerisms of hypertalented horror auteur mike flanagan.

  • The Canyons

    The Canyons

    i'm so three thousand and eight
    modern society as an empty postmodern simulacrum is so two thousand and late

  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    the snyder equivalent of when clint eastwood makes movies every year and he phones in like invictus to take a year off.

  • The Gleaners and I

    The Gleaners and I

    the juxtaposition between the personal and documentary aspects of this could have been handled much better, probably because there's a playfulness to the whole thing that varda doesn't situationally loosen the reigns on.

  • Bacurau


    watched this per jia zhangke's recommendation on his best of the decade list, but the problem is that you can't replicate jia's depiction of modern capitalism and its exploitative fallout without being able to direct.

  • Rope


    hitch trying to make this a moral message movie ends up sinking it.

  • Same Old Song

    Same Old Song

    resnais's formal experimentation layered over the trifles of the french bourgeoise always runs the risk of feeling inconsequential and empty, but this is the first film of his that actually crosses that line. a rare misfire.

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    tarantino needs to be locked in a room and forced to exclusively make movies about good actors scheming against each other in thematically empty or incoherent premises.

  • The Butcher

    The Butcher

    this is as good of an example as any of how subdued doesn't inherently equal nuanced. stupid genre movie that also decides to be as muted/restrained as possible for some reason, which is unfortunate because some of the shots in this are pretty cool.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    doesn't push the familial collapse plotline nearly far enough for how underdeveloped the rest of it is.

  • Peppermint Candy

    Peppermint Candy

    i have very little patience for this type of detached, neoacademic "[person x] is a metaphor for [country y] over the years" thing and the lack of dynamism in lee's camera only exacerbates the problem. has a few moments where it shows signs of a pulse but overall a misfire.