Derivative? Sure. The most fun and scary time I’ve had at the movies in ages? Yes. Honestly, a blast of propulsive jump scares. Lean, mean, and ghoulish! Kind of a throwback to the asian-extreme jump-scare-athons of the mid-aughts.
Lame brained as all hell. Blonde is outright shallow in how it’s reduction of Marlyn Monroe as nothing more than a sexpot victim of men & fame & mental illness. It’s so fractured that many of its little cliff noted sequences simply don’t add up to much beyond her suffering through a life of traumas and very little else. Ana De Armas’ performance is even modulated in a way that feels less like a fully fleshed human. Stylistically cribbing Lynch is dubious and…
Okay A24--we're done. No more of these half-realized genre pics, technical exercise, calling cards. May Under The Skin remain the only great film you've released(okay and Spring Breakers).
So what's wrong with Hereditary? It's cynical but not so obviously at first. The first half begins with quite an unexpected plot point and builds upon it with an eerie, grief felt, and almost at the edge of tears/laughter kind of atmosphere. It is refreshing that the film doesn't cheaply go for…
A24’s The 10th Kingdom
Lacks any sense of emotional element with any of its human or non-human characters. Just an ornate, auto-masterbatorial collage of “one-perfect shots”, polished and scrubbed of any texture or grit. It’s modern assumptions on the reality of the glories of medieval legends is obvious. Really slacking in the pacing department and then when we finally get to the typical fantasy/anthology film set-pieces, they lack any real sense of wonder. Never weird or sexy or provocative or thrilling. Bog standard choir score and all the forced & whispery performances one could take.
Just watch Conquest. You’ve been meaning to anyway.