erik has written 28 reviews for films during 2017.

  • Toolbox Murders
  • Sucker Punch

    Sucker Punch

    if u complain about the hypersexualization of the women in here thats fine but you're never allowed 2 watch anime again

  • Secret Defense

    Secret Defense

    ★★★★½

    such a difficult work to talk about, watch, discuss, and endure more than anything. in many ways this feels like a predictor to some of diaz's more narrative-based work like Batang West Side, and while there's common ground between this and rivette's other previous material this ultimately feels like a different work entirely. in thinking about it, to me it feels almost like a lynch telling of this story. sylvie seems idyllic in her surroundings; successful, comfortable, desired. her past…

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    sorkin tier dialogue, horrible treatment of race, paced way too fast, yet still it's somehow enjoyable for a decent chunk of it. this type of film is totally lost on me. i wouldn't quite say it's fascist cinema or it's anything more than radically misguided, but that doesn't forgive the aspects that are still pretty offensive. the letter reading scene in the police depo is among the worst of the year. this film has no faith in its audience. i'm tired

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    ★★★★½

    an essay




    It has become such a cliched statement by this point in the modern world to say that great art is often not acknowledged in its own era. While misconceptions about art are frequently endowed upon younger generations by people who have no real contact with it (the pretentious art critic trope comes to mind), this is one that sticks out as at least partially truthful in my mind. Yet despite this unanimous historical fact that we all seem…

  • Lamentations: A Monument for the Dead World

    Lamentations: A Monument for the Dead World

    ★★★★½

    in terms of sheer ambition, breadth, and progressiveness in every possible direction (particularly of course formally, but in other areas as well), Lamentations: A Monument for the Dead World is unmatched. it takes all of the most interesting elements of the great structuralist films (which posited what made narrative films have a narrative), synthesizes them with the aesthetic push of mekas, the rhythm of beavers, and the determination of gance. it's about as dense and inscrutable as Histoire(s) du cinema,…

  • Lamentations: A Monument for the Dead World

    Lamentations: A Monument for the Dead World

    i have only seen the first half of this but it is already among a shortlist of the greatest films i've ever seen

  • Histoire(s) du cinéma

    Histoire(s) du cinéma

    ★★★★

    my brain will never be big enough to handle this film

  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Dripping Water

    Dripping Water

    ★★

    people ask me various forms of "to what level of bullshit do you put up w in avant-garde films" and it ends around here

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★★★

    literally how the fuck does this even exist and how is it also so good

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★½

    and i'm lovin' all races/hell no don't discriminize