erik has written 28 reviews for films during 2017.

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    Kiss Me Deadly

    ★★★★½

    people talk about Chinatown or L.A. Confidential being post-noir. no; this is post-noir. it's so far removed from noir conventions and breaks free in such elaborate ways while still being so unmistakably noir. one of the greatest works of art.

  • From the Notebook of...

    From the Notebook of...

    ★★★★½

    the first great film about creation

  • All That Heaven Allows

    All That Heaven Allows

    ★★★★½

    a popular liszt tune fades in. slow panning shots of an idyllic world; both microcosmic in its effect and isolated in its geography. gorgeous colors that are crisp yet run into each other, overlapping against their own god-given beauty. for all intents and purposes, it feels like the opening to a lynch world – one is immediately reminded of Twin Peaks or Blue Velvet, neither without their sharp turns from suburban gardens-of-eden to nightmares, horrific murder, evil so unimaginable to…

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    Céline and Julie Go Boating

    ★★★★★

    genuinely the greatest work of art ever made. like, by far. nothing comes close.

  • Days of Eclipse

    Days of Eclipse

    calling something dreamlike is cliched af but this is honestly just aural, man. it's surreal, but there's clearly a plot there. you can remember little moments, but little oddities that escaped you at the time seem to bubble up again in memory. a sense of hope. then dread. confusion that you go along with up until the end, when you wake up. singular.

  • From Nine to Nine

    From Nine to Nine

    at its best when it strives for poetry over politics (even though i agree with the leftist slants), certain sections remind me of the worst of Film Socialism and others remind me of the best of Notre musique but it's all at least digestible and i dig it a good deal anyways.

  • The Shooting

    The Shooting

    ★★★★½

    the genre film version of L'eclisse

  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★

    letterboxd: praises films focusing on visuals over stories constantly
    letterboxd: also hates on this film for focusing on visuals over story because they find the story derivative

    like most vulgar auteurist pieces i have no idea why one would get so upset about how derivative this story is. we all know it, we all know the plots to like 90 fucking percent of genre films, but we don't care about that really. as an immersive experience, this is fantastic. that's all i need it to be.

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone

    ★½

    we can all talk about how the uprising of isis, the election of donald trump, and the oil conflict in the middle east are some of the worst modern disasters, but i think 90s critical revisionism has em beat tbh

  • American Sniper

    American Sniper

    ★★★★

    the below post was written as a defense of eastwood’s film in a facebook group.

    so basically i think the film is an exploration of the american perspective of the iraq war.

    clint, as i mentioned, is neither racist nor stupid. we live in the information age and anyone with a computer could tell you that there was a bunch of sketch things that went on post-9/11. a more subtle aspect about this era, however, is that people were really…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    more like kong: dull island am i right

  • The Lonesome

    The Lonesome

    yall mine if i....


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