If you look beneath the relentless, miraculous onslaught of avant-garde-cranked -to-11 style, the plot of Hausu makes sense. Kind of. I think.
Despite the paradoxical gruesomeness and “what if?” curiosity of the premise itself, the entirety of The Purge series has possessed a through-line of altruism and nobility.
Ballard creates cold, sterile worlds that are driven by concepts instead of characters, but he’s strong enough a writer that his narratives thrive with intellectual possibility as a result.
Should filmmakers just leave certain books alone?
This tale of killer kids, unrequited love, romantic rivalries, youthful cruelty, and the sarcastic humor that accompanies the notion of “influencing future generations” is acerbic without succumbing to the hipster cynicism that downgrades a lot of latter-day horrors.
Since their gradual emergence in Western popular culture over the period from the 1960s to today, the memes of “finding yourself” and being “in a relationship” have become perennial social preoccupations. The Lobster (2015) skewers both through reducing them to absurdity. So, what’s left? Unfortunately, the film seems to run out of ideas at this point. Is THE LOBSTER still worth a watch?
There is a point near the end of the clumsily-titled Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 where our band of road (and robo)-trippin’ misfits find themselves at a show… Read more ““Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2” (2016): Selling Out or Buying In?”
HANK BOYD IS DEAD is that most difficult-to-pull-off of genre blends: a horror-comedy. Billed as “a comedy of (t)errors,” its story does, in fact, serve up terror and dark comedy based on a series of social errors. This indie film follows a hapless caterer held hostage by a bickering family of sociopaths who will stop at nothing to protect their darkest secrets.
Written and directed by: Wong Kar Wai Starring: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong Background If you want to know something about Hong Kong (HK) cinema,… Read more “Throwback Thursday: Wong Kar Wai’s Classic “Chungking Express” (1994)”
In my observance of successful (and unsuccessful) fundraisers, donors tend to aim more for the physical reward tiers, because there is a sense of sharing in the accomplishment once the energy (and capital) expended yields something you can hold in your hand.