• Victim

    Victim

    Gay Rorschach's Journal: 1961

    "I have seen this cities true face...someone is picking off costumed gays. Boy Barrett died tonight and no one cares but me."

    The fact that this is on the surface a very non flashy, uncinematic film (dare I say STRAIGHT laced) only seems to enhance the intrigue surrounding the secret London Gay world we only get glimpses of in these characters dreamy ruminations, winks, and nods. It almost feels like these characters are hiding in a…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    A post grail/apocalypse Camelot ruled by weary unremarkable Arthur wielding his unremarkable Excalibur. The ancient paintings weve see of these lords bore halos above their heads, but here in the cold light of "realty" we see these halos are made of cheap metal. Despite this, a Natural magic lies beyond what is seen. Witches work in shadows. Pentagrams lie behind Christian likenesses, perhaps the very force that animates them. An Arthur universe. Always a thing in flux. Here, this particular…

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★½

    The raw gold footage itself is obviously 10/5 stars
    The anti Altamont
    I know everyone says they cry during movies but dont actually mean it but I mean it. I sobbed during the Mavis and Nina Simone portions oh jesus.
    Honestly wish I just could see all of these performances. Release them all!
    The packaging of it all is fine. The performacnes and watching people watch the footage in real time is the best part obv. If the brass tax…

  • Gorgo

    Gorgo

    LASAGNA (GORGO) An epic poem by: slothtroyer

    Eat up, son! Don't let it get cold now!
    I prefer Gorgo over food tonight, ma. Not Godzilla but Gorgo (oh hell)
    A beast reigning brick and mortar and fire down upon those brits (are Brit screams accented?)

    Give the Japanese a break! Down with the Anglo! They have barely recovered from their brush with REPTILICUS

    I saw the box in blockbuster, mother! And thought this Gorgo was a giant rodent upon first…

  • Bleu Shut

    Bleu Shut

    ★★★★½

    A surreal boat related game show intercut with porn, shots of food and bicycles? Sign me up. Roberts Nelson’s brand of playful stoner minimalism was exactly what I needed to learn from when I found this on youtube in college. Made under the influence of Bleu: youtu.be/a7pF5FlgzsM
    Every time I watch it, Bleu is a reaffirmation, a lovely reminder to not take art, or life for that matter so seriously. I know most folks wouldnt give this thing 4.5 but…

  • 8½

    One of the most badass yet puzzling endings ever.
    I worry about Guido the morning after his mountain top experience moment where he gives it all a hug.
    I feel like ive been having a lot of days like Guidos...well not quite of course but anxiety ending in a climax of discomfort and somehow by the time I see the glistening sunset im giving the world, past, present and future a giant hug...and then comes the next morning where I…

  • In Search of Hart Crane

    In Search of Hart Crane

    My first film that has no letterboxd poster! Myyyysterious
    While this can hardly be called a masterpiece, the doc feels intimae and niche in a way few documentaries are. As if this filmmaker is making this truly for the sake of finding his own answers about Harts art and his apparent suicide.

    A slow journey through black and white interviews. Its fascinating to see these old nerdy poets talking about the one guy from their scene who truly seemed to…

  • The Awful Backlash

    The Awful Backlash

    Stumbling upon this and a few other Robert Nelson films during a late night youtube search years ago, was a true relief, a much needed affirmation. I was chaffing under the collegial idea of trying to make a career out of every artistic endeavor I attempted. What I saw in Nelson was film as a hobby, film as a personal journey, an outlet in the truest sense of the word with its reward being very much in the doing. I…

  • The Universal Mind of Bill Evans

    The Universal Mind of Bill Evans

    Stuff to have on in the background level 5000
    "Listen all you Rock Kids! Im hip! I can dig it! That group at the hop is swell beans, but let me hip ya to something. Now I know you might think its cool at first but its this thing called jazz improvisation...now hang on fellas! Just give it a chance!"
    letterboxd.com/slothtroyer/list/things-to-have-on-in-the-background-level/

  • Lancelot of the Lake

    Lancelot of the Lake

    Bresson was piloted by space aliens during the directing of this movie. These creatures could not quite get his body and mouth to work right and certainly did not understand what the "usual focus" of a film should be. The awkward chorus of clanking armor! The endless close ups of feet and eyes that obscure the action and plot! These become the main characters.

    Seriously though what's going on here? Its cool and weird but what? All I can find…

  • The Air-Conditioned Eden

    The Air-Conditioned Eden

    A British perspective on Americas perspective toward "exotic" island culture in the 1950s AKA THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TIKI EXOTICA BACKYARD MOOD MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA!! (masksbehindmasksbehindmasks)(whereisthereal?)

    Ive always been fascinated by this strange cultural phenomena especially when it comes to the music of Les Baxter and Martin Denny. Its laughable as a rather offensive cultural misstep, yes, but there is more...the alternative realities that these parties, albums and novels create is an endlessly fascinating one for me. Nostalgia for…

  • The Honeymoon Killers

    The Honeymoon Killers

    This rains on the remains of the summer of love and deserves to be mentioned alongside the works of Waters, Romero and other such revolutionary bummers. The obsessive Martha is like a Divine character brought into the cold light of reality. In many ways this could be one of the first chapters of the modern True Crime approach, giving off that iconic feel of both romanticizing and damning these loveable devils.

    I live for transcendent moments where the camera is…