If the film industry were a playground and the Hollywood studios were the popular kids, Blue Harvest would be the kids dressing like them in a desperate attempt to be ‘accepted’. Nobody likes those kids.
Author Archive: Adam Goodall
Ed’s note: This review is an extended version of that which appeared in the print version of Issue 18. In 1994, John Carpenter released In the Mouth of Madness. Starring Sam Neill, the film told the story of a claims investigator sent by a publishing company to retrieve a popular Stephen King-like author who has [...]
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s canny horror-comedy will feel familiar to anyone with a passing interest in contemporary horror cinema—Cabin’s narrative games and thematic concerns recall Madness, Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber and Wes Craven’s Scream, among others.
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL Dir: Miyazaki Reviewed by Adam Goodall Goro Miyazaki’s second chance to win our hearts, Poppy Hill is a nice slice-of-life drama set in post-war Japan, and I use ‘nice’ in both the complimentary and pejorative sense. It’s a harmless, slight story with perfectly likable characters and some attractive landscape paintings, but [...]
That said, for a film that gives a lot of screen time to people seeking wide-sweeping solutions, Bully’s scope feels awfully limited. Hirsch confronts us with the significant impact of this cruelty, but he, like the parents of his subjects, is quick to put responsibility at the feet of the school system.
ROOM 237 Dir: Rodney Ascher Reviewed by Callum McDougal A film about The Shining, and also a film about films that celebrates the enthralling power of great movies (especially Stanley Kubrick’s). This oddity takes (amongst others) themes, cues, motifs and production history from The Shining as starting points for discussions as diverse as the Overlook [...]
I meet Kleber Mendonça Filho, a Brazilian filmmaker currently receiving plaudits at festivals across the world for his debut feature-length film, Neighbouring Sounds, on a windy, rainy, downright terrible Wellington day. Finding shelter in a cafe, Filho replies to a question about the weather with what is quickly identified as a characteristic thoughtfulness. “I’m familiarised with different [...]
Liam Neeson’s inexplicable renaissance as a hard-bitten action hero is by far one of the most interesting developments in Hollywood cinema in the last five years. Following the success of the xenophobic, troublingly amoral Taken in 2008, Neeson’s been in demand as a scowling Irish giant gifted the particular set of skills necessary to fuck [...]