nocturnalduck has written 14 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    this seemed good, but lowery comes from the nolan school of sound mixing, and the theater i watched this in had terrible speakers. which means i understood a third of the dialogue at best. the fact that this left a generally positive impression despite this is probably a good sign.

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    in an era of sickly and cowardly "reclamations of the myth", there is something essential, vital even, about a historic work that presents it in brutal and bloody totality.

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    unironically my life manifesto in movie form.

  • Wild Grass

    Wild Grass

    "after the cinema, nothing surprises you. anything can happen. it doesn't surprise you. anything can happen as naturally as possible."

  • Providence

    Providence

    third person getting subsumed into first person getting subsumed into second person. the only people in the room are me and you.

  • Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime

    Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime

    appropriating the prismatic nature of reality to shape, define, control our lives, but finding that causation always lies just outside our grasp. she's never coming back and that's okay. endings are only a product of our inability to sensorially perceive space-time. the past is present is eternal. it will never be seen again but it will always be.

  • The Visit

    The Visit

    trying to shape, define, and then ultimately coming to peace with the past.

  • Mank

    Mank

    fincher's self-critique, and an expansion on the themes of the social network: the complicity of being an abettor to progress in institutionally oppressive systems, the plastic social realities we retreat to as a coping mechanism, and the rare bursts of greatness when a combination of arrogance, selfishness, and stupidity allows their tools to be used against them.

  • Scream

    Scream

    works as both a surface-level crotchety blast and also a deeper exploration of the ways desensitization interacts with the already existent ties between violence and the core of american culture.

  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil

    "i guess you were somehow thinking of your wife, the way she was strangled"

    "oh, i'm always thinking of her, drunk or sober"

  • Anatahan

    Anatahan

    if the violence of man's "base urges" is a sociocultural product of how his neurobiology interacts with the superstructure then the only way out has to be reappropiating the urges and behaviors tied to the affirmation of desire by the socius in the first place. let the tides of history turn you into a slightly better version of yourself, and together we can walk over the graves of those of us lost to a future that doesn't exist.

  • A Dangerous Method

    A Dangerous Method

    perceiving the world by grafting what one already sees onto it. recognition of "understanding" as perpetuation, and aspiring to move beyond that into creation, but lacking the tools to do anything except endlessly mutate cultural logics and environmental incentives within individual ontologies. the only thing that creates new outputs is new inputs, and the only thing more tied to carnal and distilled desire than pleasure is the infinitely many ways one can narrativize it. one of those great masterworks that…