slothtroyer has written 63 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Dial M for Murder

    Dial M for Murder

    Saw this in 3d with some fellow hitcocck head pals. These pals and I are currently working on filming a very unauthorized sequel to Vertigo (answer Guy Maddins call to return to that great green gaze) and yeah its gonna make us super rich and yeah man now I want our movie and every old movie that probably doesnt really need to be in 3d to absolutely be in 3d. There are only like 3 moments here where something pokes…

  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

    Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

    Bella Legosi playing the Frankenstein monster! This attempt to get revenge on the popularity of Boris Carloff winds up looking like your mom doing a Frankenstein monster impression and shes all like "im Fraaaankensteinnn!" and youre this no fun nerd guy who just has to be all "mommmm for the last time! Frankenstein is not the name of the monster!" and youre all like "mom stop you look like you are slowly goose stepping and holding up two heil Hitlers…

  • Quadrophenia

    Quadrophenia

    A film about the early 60s that winds up feeling like one of the truest document of punk rock cinema. Its obvious that the factions of mods and rockers in this echo the punks and new wave kids that were t large at that current moment.

    Few movies can match the full scale teenage wildness that these filmmakers instigated. You can feel the crew behind the camera shouting "action" and hanging on for dear life as they document whatever they…

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    "Whatever will be will be"
    The strange and haunting musical number that is shared by Jimmy Stewarts wife and son in a hotel room early in the film provides a ghostly thumping heart for this wackiest of thrillers. Its an acapella musical number, the voices are crisp and beautiful and you keep waiting for music to drift in but it never does. If anything, I truly value this moment along with the songs return toward the end in a way…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    Harley (the spiritual embodiment of all the edgy girls who liked Slipknot on my school bus growing up that I had crushes on) is indeed wonderful and admittedly, seeing her walking in slow motion to "Hey" by the Pixies is a great nostalgic v aesthetic full circle moment for me.

    Would have been a solid take on Doom Patrol but ill take it. Their hearts were in the right place.

    The tragedy and beauty of the suicide squad puppet master…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Highlander

    Highlander

    A dream dreamed by an 80s yuppie with who lusts over sword catalogues. His wife is a wikin and lights purple candles daily but hes cheating on her with the beach blonde secretary, the one who always has the good coke. He has three digital watches. He reads James Patterson and Stephen King (as long as it isnt one that gets too weird or "preachy"). After watching Highlander he finally works up the nerve and gets a katana to go…

  • Constantine

    Constantine

    I watched this with my oldest and dearest friend after a day of post vaccination drinking in the sunshine, so I was very sleepy. By the end I did not know the "how" or "why" of this movie BUT I was overjoyed to let the hordes of cgi angels and demons and wonderful colors wash over me. I think thats the way to do it with this one, be sleepy...Hell, maybe even watch it on mute although you I love…

  • Garden State

    Garden State

    Zacks Braffs best friend in this movie deserves better than this movie. Honestly I think really why I feel the need to return and defend some of this movie is because of this guy who should have just shoved these two cuties into the infinite abyss and had his own fucking movie where he treads ethical lines, robs graves, goes antique shopping, rips bongs and gets in fights with his brother who wears a suit of armor to work. Also…

  • High School

    High School

    It looks like kids received better sex ed in 1968 than I did in 2000whatever. Granted this is Philly vs Canton Ohio but it still, you can see here that the sex positive counterculture was indeed leaking into the mainstream. Folks were letting their hair down a bit. Then POW the conservative backlash and the AIDS epidemic seemed to push all that back. My sex ed at my suburban public school was absolutely sex negative, abstinence only, using old lesson…