More Thoughts on Simon Killer (2012)

Almost 24 hours after experiencing this juggernaut of a film, I am still reeling from the intense aftershocks of Simon Killer. There are several (and spoiler-heavy) ideas I’d like to explore further, and I do welcome any messages/comments you may have! First: the costume design. I know, I know - I’m not typically the kind of … Continue reading More Thoughts on Simon Killer (2012)

Simon Killer (2012)

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: thank God for Spring Breakers. If I hadn’t seen that PCP trip of a film in theaters, I would have never been exposed to the trailer for Simon Killer, a knockout psychosexual thriller in the proud tradition of Blue Velvet and Shame. Told almost as a modern-day version of the novel In … Continue reading Simon Killer (2012)

Leon Morin, Priest (1961)

Léon Morin, Priest is the excellent character study between a young widow and a priest during the Nazi occupation of France. She, an atheist, is practically forced into the church to convert to Catholicism and avoid persecution from the Nazis. While she does follow through the nominal process of conversion, she is a reluctant party, with many … Continue reading Leon Morin, Priest (1961)

Repo Man (1984)

Repo Man is an adrenaline-high trip that can best be described as an existentialist, sci-fi noir comedy. It was also a studio (!) movie. The premise is insane: it’s the story of a young punk in a slummy part of LA who gets a job as a repo man, who quickly gets himself wound up … Continue reading Repo Man (1984)

Spring Breakers (2013)

I am probably just as surprised as you are: Spring Breakers is actually a really good movie. It follows a deceptively simple plot, of a Good Girl and her longtime friends, three Bad Girls, who are bored in their university setting and are desperate for any kind of change. Their solution is to go to Florida for … Continue reading Spring Breakers (2013)

Muscle Beach Party (1964)

Muscle Beach Party is one of the more forgettable entries in the Beach Party saga, but it is possibly the best in terms of sheer quality. Like all the other films, it is about the same band of kids going to the beach for the summer, but the side story (of the Italian heiress trying … Continue reading Muscle Beach Party (1964)

Days of Heaven (1978)

Days of Heaven is the odd film which is less compelling for what it is, and more interesting for how it is made. It tells the loose story of three drifters, a man, his girlfriend, and his little sister, who leave Chicago to work in a wheat farm in the country. The owner of the … Continue reading Days of Heaven (1978)