📞 Almost like a satire, Scream uses clichés and the slasher rules to its advantage, full of references, clever one-liners, and great comedic timing. Scream is a delight of a film and even more so for horror fans. 📞
Matthew Lillard is a god.
One would think that a first-time director and writer would make a preachy melodrama out of Mass but, Fran Kranz's direction and insightful dialogue make an explicit confrontation between two families a devastating, sincere, and somewhat cathartic experience.
The ensemble cast is superb, especially the female leads, Martha Plimpton and underrated acting giant Ann Dowd both shine as the troubled mothers, each one on the opposite side of the conflict, but both connected through the search for answers, grief over losing a son, and the struggle of the saying let bygones be bygones.
"I raised a murderer"
That line gave me chills.
Brandon Cronenberg polishes his conceptions and craft in this gripping cyberpunk thriller that is bloodthirsty and striking in equal manner.
Cronenberg's depictions of cyber-surveillance and mind and body malleability are grim, cerebral, adept, oppressive, and the highly accomplished body horror enhances these depictions and gives it a suited sinister nature to the topics.
Even with all the brilliant concepts and visuals, all the performances stand out strongly. Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott are nothing but outstanding, and Sean Bean "dies" in great fashion once again.
Cronenberg Jr. makes his debut in this fascinating, intriguing, confusing, and original film about fandom obsession. His message is as subtle as a bag of hammers, but here Brandon Cronenberg is more avid towards ideas and "satire" rather than body horror, which is highly appreciated and benefits the film.
Caleb Landry Jones proves how brilliant he is once again with a very impressive, physical, and visceral performance, Malcolm McDowell has a few appearances as well, and that's always a pro.
Stoker's visual and atmospheric prowess thrives in this perversely seductive gothic coming of age about innocence, desire, and unsought blood ties.
Everyone involved is brilliant, the cinematography, the sound design, the transitions, and editing in general, everything is so meticulous and skillful. Park Chan-wook uses this visual manipulation to deceive, disturb, confuse, and shock the audience, thus creating an active, speculating, and engaged viewer until the end of the film. Superb work.
Korine has a brief appearance and Wentworth Miller wrote this btw ?!?!
Maggie's debut "The Lost Daughter" targets motherhood and restrained freedom with a bold and frigid approach, almost too frigid at times, so I can understand why some found this tiresome. I think what makes this a powerful piece is how it tackles womanhood and motherhood in such a raw manner, it's so raw that ends up being a hard watch and could come off as apathetic. Even with this ambiguity, I enjoyed this a lot, and I'm looking forward to…