nocturnalduck has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2020.

  • Hollow Man

    Hollow Man

    the casual misogyny of american social ontology and the sick masculine power fantasies it enables. nothing to outright complain about here but also not much to really latch onto once the central conceit has been established.

  • Terrorizers

    Terrorizers

    this falls into a similar bin as drug war, where it's an incredibly well made, alienating, and confusing movie about how capitalism is alienating and confusing. i would be much less harsh without the knowledge that yang would create much more potent elucidations of these ideas later in his career.

  • Journey to Italy

    Journey to Italy

    this rating feels unduly contrarian even for my standards, but i didn't get much out of this one. the main focus here seems to be a reclamation of pragmatic idealism through the historical, a superficially interesting topic which ends up being underdeveloped because rossellini doesn't really develop a qualitative image of what those connections look like. which makes the film kind of feel like weerasethakul, but with the spirtuality replaced by standard fare neorealism. rossellini can definitely direct, and there…

  • Crash

    Crash

    increasing the depth and vulnerability of lived experience as a tool to expand the horizons of interpersonal meaning. felt like this one lost a good amount of energy as it went along, although one could argue that that's a metaphor for the inadequacy of targeting only half of the mind/body duality, "dooming" people to an exciting and empowering but ultimately empty reenactment of their personal repressions.