Posts Tagged ‘Jessica Chastain’

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Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro, 2015)

October 15, 2015

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Why do you watch horror? If it’s solely about preying on your primal fears through a high-concept premise, it’s possible you might not get a great deal out of Guillermo del Toro’s gothic opus Crimson Peak. If you’re after jump scares, then you’ll probably hate it. If, however, you’re attuned to and appreciative of the ways in which some of the best horror films can not be about boogeyman scares, but instead cover a wide array of different emotional concerns, then proceed with less caution.

Imbued with the aesthetic and tonal spirit of bombastic, luxuriantly-coloured, oft-melodramatic Euro-horrors of the 1960s (think the films of Mario Bava or Roger Corman’s Edgar Allen Poe adaptations), Crimson Peak also has a dash of The Innocents (and thus The Turn of the Screw) and specific Hitchcocks (Rebecca and Psycho) in its lush blood, as well as a bit of Brontë – a good chunk of the story could be interpreted as Jane Eyre with more literal ghosts…

Click for the full review for The Skinny

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The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)

September 29, 2015

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In the space of Ridley Scott’s Alien, no one can hear you scream. In the space of Scott’s The Martian, all you can hear is disco…

Full review for Vague Visages

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Lawless (John Hillcoat, 2012)

August 29, 2012

Director John Hillcoat and musician Nick Cave have collaborated numerous times since the late 1980s, from Cave having starred in Ghosts… of the Civil Dead to composing Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Lawless marks their second collaboration involving Cave as screenwriter, following The Proposition. That outback-set western was a film of strong lyricism and a blistering atmosphere. Like The Proposition, Lawless concerns three brothers with ties to crime and extreme violence. Unlike the 2005 film, Hillcoat’s latest is an unusually flat affair and lacking in any of the director’s usually reliable boldness regarding harsh, brutal content…

Full review at Sound on Sight

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EIFF 2012: Lawless (John Hillcoat, 2012)

July 4, 2012

Director John Hillcoat and musician Nick Cave have collaborated numerous times since the late 1980s, from Cave having starred in Ghosts… of the Civil Dead to composing Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Lawless marks their second collaboration involving Cave as screenwriter, following The Proposition. That outback-set western was a film of strong lyricism and a blistering atmosphere. Like The Proposition, Lawless concerns three brothers with ties to crime and extreme violence. Unlike the 2005 film, Hillcoat’s latest is an unusually flat affair and lacking in any of the director’s usually reliable boldness regarding harsh, brutal content…

Full review at Sound on Sight

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Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes, 2011)

February 1, 2012

Originally written for Reel Time, now at Sound on Sight

Many of the more interesting Shakespeare adaptations in film history are those that tend to be furthest removed from the stage tradition of the plays; changing the settings and eras, applying different preoccupations, and even dispensing with the writer’s prose altogether in some cases. Regardless of their overall quality, the likes of Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and Ran, Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books, 10 Things I Hate About You, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and Michael Almereyda’s 2000 version of Hamlet are all, at the very least, in possession of a striking quality, positive or otherwise. Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus, adapted from the play of the same name, is akin to the latter two of those cited films in that it keeps the Shakespearian dialogue but presents a modern setting rife with contemporary technology. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2012

January 10, 2012

The following list and the blurbs for each entry were compiled for Reel Time‘s cumulative top 10 most anticipated films of 2012. A few of my write-ups were published in cases where some of my selections made the group list, but I thought I’d publish my entire contribution here for those interested. Read the rest of this entry ?