Oscars Death Race enthusiast and Greyhound apologist.
In The Heart Of The Machine wastes a solid set-up, which is almost worse than if it was bad the entire time. The opening half hour is played pretty straight, establishing our core cast of half a dozen characters and then trapping them in a nightmare situation. The atmosphere is clearly set as one of high tension and grounded stakes, and our characters are well enough defined from each other without being a series of over-written clichés. The kind of…
Remember that one scene in Lord of the Rings where Aragorn thinks Merry and Pippin are dead, but uses his super ranger skills to track their movements through the chaos of battle? This is a little like that, only extremely, extremely dark. Even the title Pilgrims is a pitch-black joke, as our profoundly disturbed odd couple journey from one desecrated site to the next, following an inevitable trail of brutality and humiliation to its grim conclusion.
The script and the…
Apologies in advance, this gets pretty graphic, as does the short.
Here's something crazy. Íngrid Olderöck has a Spanish language Wikipedia page, but not an English language one. Weird. Googling her name comes up with almost no English language entries. So weird. The monstrous war criminal has multiple Spanish language links to her name, which I can unfortunately not read, but very, very little in English, the language of the country responsible for installing a dictatorship under which she committed…