erik has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2017.

  • Histoire(s) du cinéma

    Histoire(s) du cinéma

    ★★★★

    my brain will never be big enough to handle this film

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • The Lonesome

    The Lonesome

    yall mine if i....


    appreciate a film by a friend??

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    like all films of its kind, Wonder Woman is far from perfect. i can suspend narrative and cinematic conventions more with z-budget horror than i can with top of the line superhero projects, and there's probably something hidden in there with how much i value artistic integrity but i still say it's because comic book material is terrible. the themes, setpieces, and colors can be nice, but it's rare that we even get one of these, and we still have…

  • Sleep Has Her House

    Sleep Has Her House

    ★★★★

    perhaps it's more avant-garde than slow, strictly speaking, but it's still fire. i think it's very hypnotic, welcoming, and soothing. it feels quite like nature in that way; while it's still mostly very dark (is sleep's house the night?) and the occasional soundtrack is harrowing, it's ultimately something i want to embrace fully. a modern equivalent in many ways to The Hart of London, although less focused on being an essay film surely. i am also glad that it switches…