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 [...]
THE TASTE OF MONEY Dir: Im Reviewed by Adam Goodall Im Sang-soo’s latest festival film is a pseudo-sequel to the enthralling and laudably bugnuts The Housemaid, sharing a character, an actress (playing a different role), and the themes of upper-upper-upper-class excess and the casual contempt for the disempowered that such power cultivates in those that possess [...]