30, NB, #horror gang, professional ghoul, directed this film.
“Ethan Thomas calls himself a man of faith. I, on the other hand, am a woman of doubt. Angels and demons. God and the devil. These things either exist, or they do not exist. Are we all alone in this life? Or are we not alone? Either thought is astonishing.”
The Exorcist is many things, but ambiguous is not one of them. Friedkin’s classic believes in the glory of God and the terror of Satan more staunchly than most movies…
Refreshing and satisfying on nearly every level. As with Sinister, Derrickson is at his best in this mode, scaled-down and free to explore the material’s most fanciful digressions, while the script he and Cargill penned becomes something of a high-wire act, recreating the realities of the ‘70s and the hardships of childhood in any era with authentic detail, knowing exactly which parts of the mythos to explain and not to explain for maximum resonance, and playing the audience like a…
Quite a confused movie, split evenly between a buttoned-down biopic and a potential camp classic. The actors perfectly illustrate this dichotomy: Gaga, Pacino, Leto, and Hayek absolutely understood the assignment, painting with the broadest possible brush at every turn, whereas the other principals’ dignified air seems at war with the inherent soap opera of it all. Driver, of whom I’m generally a huge fan, feels particularly miscast here, too naturally mild-mannered to sink his teeth into Maurizio’s aggressive side and…