Sometimes, lowered expectations win out over loftier ideals.
It is the imagery that makes THE IRON ROSE stand out – more than a story about a couple getting lost in a cemetery, it’s Rollin’s fever-dream version of the Garden of Eden.
Red ponchos. Red lights in the Haunted House ride. Red curtains. Red bathrobes. Red blankets. Red pants. Red chairs. Red hair. Red lamps. Red suspenders. Red… Read more “Throwback Thursday: “Eyeball” (1975)”
“What Have You Done to Solange?” unspools a continuous pretzel-twist of a narrative, but its greatest asset may be how plausible it all feels.
Perhaps it’s by providence that I loved Women’s Prison Massacre, wherein atrocity, milked for full exploitation value, is inserted into the narrative and thematic DNA like a fast-dissolving cyanide capsule.
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)”
Make no mistake: Breeders is bad, but it’s the type of Troll 2-styled idiocy that is informed by a distinct (albeit consistently misguided) vision, and is therefore impossible to look away from.
And isn’t this what Rosemary’s Baby ultimately teaches us? That even in a city as sprawling as New York, evil is present behind the faces of those we thought we could trust?
There is a strange, perverse, serendipitous feeling watching Rosemary’s Baby. This first of Roman Polanski’s American films opens with a New York City urban landscape outstretched and panned across, as if what we see is some malevolent box metal toy, wound up and played on the tune of some woman humming an intently sweet and ambiguous lullaby. But instead of some creepy jack-in-the-box, we get something much different in the end. Much more sinister. And utterly human, regardless of its supernatural parentage.
Although Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) seems like a “retro” persona from a bygone era, he and the film (“Silent Running,” 1972) in which he appears are still relevant in the 2010s.