[This review was originally posted on the 4th of September of 2014, it was a part of a longer review analyzing the contents of Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (the first blu-ray release of the show), but apparently Letterboxd deleted that entry at some point, probably because it wasn’t technically a film. Anyways, thanks to some internet magic I have recovered it! Keep in mind that this review was written before the Showtime comeback was officially announced. Spoilers ahead]
After Clouds of Sils Maria, Assayas continues his collaboration with Kristen Stewart (Maureen) on Personal Shopper. It has been called a ghost movie, but as usual Assayas is playing around with the concept of the ghost movie itself. He references the genre elements (haunted house, séances, paranormal events, even cgi ghosts) while purposefully avoiding traditional narratives and structures (the central action of the film being a text conversation). In fact, the ghost isn’t really a threat, the film implies a…
I love how you can clearly see that she's wearing a shitty "wasp" costume, it adds a whole new level of unintentional depth into the movie: what if she never really transforms into a wasp, what if she's just a serial killer that puts on a costume because she's a bipolar sociopath or something?
Corman might be a genius after all.
Stanley Kubrick covered various and different genres through all his career, from film-noirs like The Killing and Killer’s Kiss, to big epic spectacles like the historical Spartacus and the futuristic 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, and also covering the horror and psychological thriller genres, among others. Although I’d say that one of his bigger inputs was in War Films, going back to this genre multiple times, firstly with the amateur Fear and Desire, then with Paths of Glory and ultimately,…