Shea Gallagher

Shea Gallagher

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Favorite films

  • Legend of the Mountain
  • Big Wave
  • Comingled Containers
  • House

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  • Kanchana Sita

    ★★★★½

  • Kata

    ★★★★★

  • Space Is the Place

  • Yearning

    ★★★★½

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  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    You know those lightning-in-a-bottle moments that happen every so often when you're watching a film? The feeling that you've witnessed something so rare, so special, that it takes you to a transcendental plane of consciousness? Well, Stop Making Sense is that, non-stop for 88 minutes, and stays that way every time I watch it.

    I guess my favourite band is The Beatles (boring, I know), but Talking Heads is the answer I'm more likely to give if you ask me…

  • Dog Star Man

    Dog Star Man

    ★★★★★

    Ain't about how fast I get there
    Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
    It's the climb (yeah)

    - Miley Cyrus

    I am afraid to shut my eyes because I don’t want to miss anything. I am afraid to shut my eyes because I don’t want to be in the dark, all alone.

    A friend of mine once told me about a vision he would often have when he was younger. Sometimes, when his eyes would glaze over or…

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  • Kanchana Sita

    Kanchana Sita

    ★★★★½

    Truly immense and beautiful. This makes a fascinating companion to Nostos: Il Ritorno in the way it goes about rendering its mythological figures as flesh and blood, removed from divine power which is instead represented through omniscient forces of nature - water, fire, the sun, the trees, and the wind (and boy is this some of the most incredible wind you will EVER get). Both films are hypnotic, meditative depictions of a journey, infused with inescapable memories and the longing…

  • Space Is the Place

    Space Is the Place

    "So it's farewell."

    We very recently lost Nwoye, one of the most passionate and vital writers on this site, someone not only with a distinct voice but an understanding of the importance of the community here, and sharing that voice with others.

    I can't be sure if it's the case, but I think it was immediately after coming across his review for this film that I followed him, and he followed back soon after. I was delighted when he would…

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  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    The World is Hell: Hopeless Cinema

    [more to come...writing something large-ish but I'm feeling worse the longer I think about this and need to go to bed]


    Update: More thoughts added

    I have spent several hours now performing an exorcism on myself and I still only feel marginally better than I did when the lights came on and I emerged from the interminable hellscape that is this fucking movie. It is a million times more apocalyptically bleak than you could…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Please get over yourself.

    My feelings may change, and it's been a hot minute since I've seen any Kaufman so I may be in a weird place with him, but a lot of this was insufferable and crushingly disappointing. Synecdoche, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine are three films I adore, and here I just feel none of the humanity or creativity that makes those films so special. Sure, there's discomfort and moments of deeply upsetting psychological horror - as a cinematic…