Viewer’s notes: my week in movies (11/18)

Semler at the Cinema features Brandon Semler’s thoughts on the world of film, including reviews, think pieces, previews and more.

By Brandon Semler

I realized shortly after starting this blog that I would not be able to review every film I watched, or talk about every little noteworthy film-related thing I experienced. I’m going to offer a bit of a recap of my week here (just for the films I have not already talked about).

Give it a shot, it’ll be fun. 

  • The score for “Suspiria” (2018) by Thom Yorke is my standout favorite of the year so far. 2018 has been gifted with several quality horror/sci-fi scores, including “Annihilation,” “Hereditary” and “Mandy.” This score is beautiful and scary, incorporating gorgeous piano arpeggios with Yorke’s signature soft, spacious falsetto sailing over it, as well as violent synthesizers that imitate voices screaming over a static-soaked radio. The music instills pure existential terror, so in other words it’s been a real blast. 
  • The original “Suspiria” (1977) is an enjoyable and rather inventive horror. Unlike the 2018 re-imagining — which grapples with philosophy and a moving truck full of deep thinking — this film is mostly concerned with providing a psychedelic, contained experience. And it does it well. Status: Recommend for Fans (Horror, Witches, good things like that). 
  • “Singing in the Rain” is incredible, though I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that. Status: Strongly Recommend
  • After experiencing disappointment with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, I needed reminding of a better time. “Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix” is current “Fantastic Beasts” director David Yates’ first of six installments in the J.K. Rowling world. The film is a highlight of the series, as Yates navigates the darkness the story necessitates without loosing the glimmer of joy that makes the series what it is. Status: Recommend

Brandon Semler can be reached at, or on Twitter @BrandonSemler.

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