erik has written 339 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

    ★★★½

    forbidden length but the sfx and score and some of the formal elements totally rock

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★½

    really fun and silly and campy and grimy i'm a fan, though i think i prefer carpenter's less ott stuff as far as that goes. somehow i didn't know the plot to this at all but it honestly does seem like a good enough king adapt first and a john carpenter flick second lol, not a particular problem tho.

  • Good Night, Spain

    Good Night, Spain

    ★★★½

    and another raya martin movie that is mostly silly and self-aware, yet difficult to really connect to. it's a fun enough outing though, perhaps my next pick by him will be something a biiiit more 'normal'

  • The Deserted City

    The Deserted City

    ★★★½

    not sure what happened but love the music and the commitment to the small trad town aesthetics! weird director need to see more sometime

  • Kwaidan

    Kwaidan

    ★★★½

    unfortunately quite the letdown. certain moments and shots are gorgeous but the folktale nature of these just sort of loses me as these stories stretch beyond their 30 minute mark. i'm not entirely sure that the deliberate pacing works in a lot of them....but at the same time, the spooky stuff is cool and the thing typically looks immaculate anytime it's not doing shot-reverse-shots, so that's nice.

  • Tsuburo

    Tsuburo

    ★★★½

    grimy, dirty, depressing. i wish there was a little more to latch into. criminally underseen though i know there's absolutely an audience for this kind of thing.

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★½

    yeah this is fine...feels like a movie very hard to feel much passion for one way or the other. i like how it shifts perspective a lot but at the same time there's little to really ground me to the conflict. but i'm glad i finally got to this after like 10 years of putting it off lol

  • Cube 2: Hypercube

    Cube 2: Hypercube

    ★★★½

    this is actually pretty fun when taken as a mostly silly tech demo in an aesthetic that has long been forgotten to time. i'll take it over the boundless garishness of something like Inception any day, even if it's mostly something to just live and die in your memory the instant you finish it. cube zero next?? eh.

  • Gupt: The Hidden Truth

    Gupt: The Hidden Truth

    ★★★½

    fun in how heinously over the top it gets and how it pretty much devolves into self parody every so often, there are some /gorgeous/ shots, and the music is great. i think it's a bit overlong for this type of outing (yes, bollywood, i know) which is the only thing that really knocks it down for me. cool stuff though i gotta peep more from this era.

  • Blessed Blessed Oblivion

    Blessed Blessed Oblivion

    ★★★½

    dudes? being guys? it's more likely than you think..

  • Nasir

    Nasir

    ★★★½

    a sweet little portrait of sorts, unexpectedly comfy even if it is ultimately downtrodden - that is, until the chaotic, violent ending that it was alluding to the whole time... lifes a bitch

  • Muscle Heat

    Muscle Heat

    ★★★½

    extremely guy cinema, testosterone etc. appreciate how not campy it is (yet it seems perfectly okay being perceived that way). put in that airy, tragic canon alongside the other remicore.