Steve Erickson has written 15 reviews for films with no rating.

  • Profile


    Why tell American critics reviewing a film which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2018 and was then covered by indieWIRE, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter that our opinions are embargoed till the evening of the 11th, three days before it finally gets released in the U.S.? Opinion coming next week, followed by full review.

  • Secure the Shadow

    Secure the Shadow

    Untreated syphilis is a motherfucker.

  • AI


    "What is it you want to do with your life?"
    "I want to play the piano for people."

    Lucrecia Martel gives us fair warning that our future treatment of non-human intelligent beings will be based on the way we've Othered humans in the past.

  • Straight Up

    Straight Up

    No rating because I shut this off on Netflix after 35 minutes. I could be completely wrong about the film as a whole.

    Maybe it improved in its final hour, but I just saw 2 obnoxious characters living in a film whose entire idea of visual style comes from Wes Anderson and which wrongly thinks it has something profound to say about the ambiguity of sexual identity labels. As much as it wants to be a neo-screwball comedy, Cary Grant…



    Did Lynch intend this as a demonstration of the artificiality and absurdity of film noir scenarios? Or is he serious about the romance between a monkey and a chicken? As with BLUE VELVET, this works because it has it lies right on the edge between irony and deep sincerity. It feels like lazy filmmaking most of the time, with its reliance on cutting back and forth between two camera set-ups, but Jack's sudden burst into song is sublime.

  • WMEN


    Thanks to Willow Catelyn Maclay for reviewing this. It's streaming on YouTube here:

  • Ghosts of Sugar Land

    Ghosts of Sugar Land

    Steve Erickson: To me, it feels like your choice of comic book and video game characters' masks for your subjects in “Ghosts of Sugar Land” comments on the pressure to assimilate into American life. Was it deliberately pointed that way?

    Bassam Tariq: That’s a really great way to look at it. Cinema is really powerful when people draw their own conclusions. How you feel about it as an internal reaction is more interesting.

    Erickson: I’m not gonna ask about your…

  • The Beaning

    The Beaning

    Brings back the old, weird Internet, when conspiracy theories were fun rather than gateways to the harassment of the families of murdered children and pizza restaurants getting shot up.

  • Family Business

    Family Business

    Heads-up: is streaming this rare Chantal Akerman short through Aug. 29th.

  • Islands


    This might be better than Yann Gonzalez' feature KNIFE + HEART. Without the need to make a coherent narrative out of his idees fixes about the connection between sex, horror and emotion, it floats in a dreamlike space where everyone can express their desires, if only through voyeurism, and Gonzalez manages to restore tenderness to images of explicit sex but none of this breaks his characters' essential isolation.

  • Anima


    Radiohead's music often sounds like it comes from a deeply bummed out white-collar drone. Making that completely literal here takes Thom Yorke into self-parody, especially when this plays more like a long, pretentious music video than a genuinely experimental film. Lots of talent went into it. but the results are less than the sum of its parts.

  • Angels Are Made of Light

    Angels Are Made of Light

    "We do these things as a country, like invading other countries, but our weakness is that the American public doesn’t have a deep knowledge of them. If we want to call ourselves a democracy, the American public can’t just know about domestic policy. We have to know whether or not we approve of it as individuals, because we’re going to vote for politicians who put it in place. It’s important to have an educated population, and films can be part…