erik has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2017.

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★½

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

  • 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…

  • The Shooting

    The Shooting

    ★★★★½

    the genre film version of L'eclisse

  • Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the '60s in Brussels

    Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the '60s in Brussels

    ★★★★½

    the cut from the james brown song to the protagonist's face is highkey the best moment in cinema