Critical disciple of Gregg Turkington
Top 4 are recently watched favourites
Do you ever wake in the middle of the night, hear a sound in your home and become convinced that there's someone downstairs? Your heart starts to beat faster, the hairs on your arm begin to stand, your breathing quickens.
This film is that sound in the night.
This film is that feeling in your bones.
This film is that person in your home.
Unfortunately, Gareth Edwards continues his struggle to match fantastic visuals with equally substantial character development and plot. Why he seems hell bent on making films that are bafflingly predictable and full of clichéd plot points is beyond me. All of his films are really just a rewrite or two away from being masterpieces. It's all the stranger given that there are so many interesting ideas on display here, but not one is explored in any meaningful way. The only explanation…
Genuinely terrifying and deeply upsetting. A rare mixture. The way this film builds and sustains tension, fear and sadness is spectacular. Each individual ingredient (the script, score, editing, acting, cinematography, direction) adds up to something greater than the sum of its parts. I think Kiyoshi Kurosawa has a fundamental understanding of what makes us tick, what causes our greatest fears, and what moves us the most. And he has the rare gift of being able to translate that understanding into pure art.
This film radiates evil. It seeps out of the screen and infects the air around you.
I had forgotten how well it builds tension. From the opening text crawl onwards something just seems......off
Surprisingly it doesn't rely on gore to generate its scares, it earns it in other ways; through its decrepit locations and the constant sense of dread. It almost feels like a snuff film - the scene where Sally flees leatherface at night might be the most genuinely…
I enjoyed the first 3 John Wick movies but I didn't love any of them. I felt they took elements from better action movies - The Raid 1 and 2 primarily (the best fight choreography), Mission Impossible (the best stunts, globe hopping, and the all round best action films), and a dash of Bond (the suave, mysterious main character and worldwide factions) - and added it all together into something that didn't feel fully whole.
The first felt a bit…