It’s been a long time since I’ve written longform on movies, especially here on WordPress. I’ve been to other sites and back and stopped writing altogether for quite awhile. But here I am, back and with a renewed sense of purpose. Nothing about my movie habits has changed since we last talked, except perhaps that I’ve seen a lot more films. I remain a devoted cinephile and am positive I will be until the end. That said, I wanted to give an account of what’s been going on and what I want in the future from this blog.
There is a catalyst for this return to the blogosphere, and its name is Twitter. While engaging in debate on a non-movie topic I was trolled hard by a group of people and their coordinated effort was so toxic that I deleted my account. They attacked my entire timeline and brought up many of my film posts in an attempt to mock and ridicule me. I am always willing to defend my position on movies, but this was something different, and I found myself deeply affected by the exchanges. While I am fairly confident in my film opinions, I am not so confident in my writing and critiquing abilities. I have always felt like every post is a chance for someone to call me out and my self-esteem took a gigantic hit when that very thing occurred.
But this whole series of events led me to an interesting realization. I missed being about to talk about movies with the film community on Twitter. I didn’t miss the toxicity of the other nonsense that goes along with the site, but I really did miss talking to a wider audience about film. And so I made a few decisions after the dust settled. I would create a brand new Twitter account to connect with the film community and the film community only, and I would boot up the blog again. I like talking about movies with anyone that is willing to engage with me and I don’t want to give that up just because a certain segment of the population are terrible terrible people.
So here we are, back together again. Let’s talk about how I want to go forward. There are approximately 600 billion people writing about film on the internet and I’m just another in the herd. So what I’d like to do is have a more conversational style, rather than the conventional review method I’ve used in the past. I’ll post reviews and musings. Some short some long. But in the end it’s about the conversation. So, I hope you’ll join me as I continue to talk about what I love, and if you have any feelings about what I say, join in the conversation. And for those so inclined, my film Twitter handle is captainklerk81.
Now with all of that out of the way, I figured I’d give out a few quick hits on the stuff I’ve seen lately.
Thoroughbreds: The story of two upper class teenagers that renew their reluctant friendship in order to plan a murder. This film is great on every level. The minimalist score is a perfect fit and there are some truly striking images. This is a very dark comedy that reminded me in ways of Death at a Funeral (the British version, not the crappy American remake.) This is sadly the last film completed by Anton Yelchin before he passed away. I can’t recommend this one enough, but it’s a very small release so if you see it playing near you take that chance.
Strangers: Prey at Night: A sequel that we didn’t really need. I loved the original and as much as I was kind of excited to see us return to those characters, this film didn’t bring enough to the table to make it worthwhile. It’s a fine slasher movie I suppose, but the original was something special and all just fine does is sully the brand.
Red Sparrow: Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie about Russian spies is garbage on just about every level. This is sexist nonsense that has no real reason to exist. To sum the film up: the Russians have a program where they teach people how to get information from people in order to be good spies. What they teach the students is to listen very carefully and pay attention just before they get sexually assaulted. If you’re ok with being raped you can be a superspy. Just terrible.
I’ll make sure to post more sometime soon. Until then, stay positive everyone.