nocturnalduck has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • 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…