nocturnalduck has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2021.

  • Old

    Old

    this is good precisely because shyamalan's "life-affirming" humanism is so fraudulent and misanthropic.

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    allure of violence forming out of suburbia constricting safe outlets to emotionally and socially express the death drive.

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    very stupid, funny, and cool-looking.

  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    The Last Temptation of Christ

    schrader and scorsese working together is interesting because schrader's calvinist sense of meaning as something that only comes through the pain of acknowledging one's predetermined sinfulness combined with scorsese's darwinism creates a pair of sensibilities that in tandem glorify self-harm to the point where it gets posited as a divine pathway to spiritual exhaltation. to me tapping into this mindset and seeing how scorsese/schrader use conventional moralisms to snake around the implications of that belief is interesting. i wouldn't necessarily object to anybody calling it unacceptably offensive, however. i wonder how many times paul schrader has thought about killing himself.

  • The Commuter

    The Commuter

    a good movie is just cutting, a loud and suspenseful score, and liam neeson playing a decent common man trying to navigate his way of a tricky situation.

  • Film Socialisme

    Film Socialisme

    there are some really cool images in this one.