Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, 2017) – tunes, tension, and terrible female characters.

Ansel Elgort stars alongside Kevin Spacey, Lily James, and Jamie Foxx in this car-chase heavy, cliché-ridden film that features its lead Elgort as the titular Baby, a young man suffering from tinnitus after a traumatising childhood incident involving a car. He’s constantly plugged in to his array of classic iPods, the music seeping into the … Continue reading Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, 2017) – tunes, tension, and terrible female characters.

Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013) – a quiet take on the revenge genre.

Jeremy Saulnier’s film Green Room (2015) impressed many with its unique twist on the horror genre. Macon Blair, the star of Saulnier’s previous film Blue Ruin,had a directorial debut with the 2017 drama I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The combination of Blair’s vast creative abilities and Saulnier’s directingled me to believe … Continue reading Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013) – a quiet take on the revenge genre.

South Korean Horror: International Successes and Cultural Customs PART THREE

THE FEMININE and the female function The female representation in The Uninvited is totally different to A Tale of Two Sisters in that the characters are motivated by sex, whereas Two Sisters doesn’t rely on that specific Western horror trope to direct the stepmother and two daughters. The opening of The Uninvited shows the teenage … Continue reading South Korean Horror: International Successes and Cultural Customs PART THREE

South Korean Horror: International Successes and Cultural Customs PART TWO

THE STORY OF ROSE AND LOTUS - Janghwa Hongryeon jeon To summarise the tale of ‘Janghwa Hongryeon jeon’, a.k.a The Story of Rose and Lotus,  that A Tale of Two Sisters was based on, a mother dies when her two daughters are still children and the father, her husband, remarries. The stepmother fortunately bore sons … Continue reading South Korean Horror: International Successes and Cultural Customs PART TWO

South Korean Horror: International Successes and Cultural Customs PART ONE

INTRODUCTION to South Korean Horror and its international acclamation With the success of the thriller Parasite (Bong Joon Ho, 2019), winner of four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film, its come as no surprise that more non-Korean audiences are looking towards its industry with more anticipation than ever before. Parasite is not … Continue reading South Korean Horror: International Successes and Cultural Customs PART ONE

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (George C. Wolfe, 2020) – blues, bands, and Boseman’s best performance.

Adapted from the stage production by playwright August Wilson and produced by actor Denzel Washington, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is less about the legendary ‘Mother of the Blues’ Ma Rainey herself and more about the appropriation of black culture and music, explored over one afternoon at a recording session for her and the band. This … Continue reading Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (George C. Wolfe, 2020) – blues, bands, and Boseman’s best performance.

Thunder Road (Jim Cummings, 2018) – a tragicomedy of perfect proportions.

Thunder Road is an extended version of the 2016 short by Jim Cummings that was loved by Sundance. The short was recreated by him as the first 12 minutes of this feature film, featuring similar elements but ultimately made to be a better fit to lead into the rest of the feature. The single shot … Continue reading Thunder Road (Jim Cummings, 2018) – a tragicomedy of perfect proportions.

Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) – allusion to altered attitudes and the truths of perception.

Stylish, perceptive, fashionable; Antonioni’s almost-thriller murder-mystery is equal parts gratifying and unsatisfying. From the perspective of a swingin’ 60s London fashion photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) comes an avant-garde mixture of drama, comedy, and mystery that leaves the audience questioning what’s real and what’s just a product of personal perspective. Thomas has it all: women throwing … Continue reading Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) – allusion to altered attitudes and the truths of perception.

I’m Your Fairy Fu*king Godmother (Mike Narouei) – the cost that comes with ambition.

From Veto Productions comes their first film, the 10-minute 2-location piece that traverses the growth of boyhood to adulthood and the fulfilled childish dreams that aren’t quite what they seem in the reality of growing up. I’m Your Fairy Fu*king Godmother toys with the idea of ambition, aspiration, and achieving that vision you have as … Continue reading I’m Your Fairy Fu*king Godmother (Mike Narouei) – the cost that comes with ambition.

Malcolm & Marie (Sam Levinson, 2021) – a white voice spoken over a black character.

Filmed last summer in the middle of a pandemic, shot in one location and featuring just two actors, Sam Levinson manages to utilise his surroundings and restrictions well enough to shoot Malcolm & Marie. However, it’s the actors John David Washington (BlacKKKlansman, Tenet) and Zendaya (Levinson’s own tv series Euphoria) as Malcolm and Marie that … Continue reading Malcolm & Marie (Sam Levinson, 2021) – a white voice spoken over a black character.