You can visit the blog is you like. Blancanieves (2012) Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina, Pere Ponce. Dir: Pablo Berger.
The estranged daughter of a crippled bullfighter is sent to live with
him and his cruel new wife. A new silent film retelling of Snow White; a
very European marriage of fairy tale and grotesque, celebrating the
passionate culture of Spain’s past but without shying away from its
cruelty. Sumptuously beautiful and elegantly brought to life.
DDDDd Behind the Candelabra (2013) Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula. Dir: Steven Soderbergh.
The story of Liberace’s relationship with a young dog trainer, Scott
Thorson. Amongst cinema’s most unusual and creepy relationships, yet
despite the possessiveness and pseudo-incest, there is something
ultimately endearing about this bizarre pairing. Douglas and Damon are
both excellent, though Lowe also has a plumb role. DDDD Hansel & Gretal (2007) Chun Jung-myung, Eun Won-jae, Shim Eun-kyung, Jin Ji-hee. Dir: Yim Pil-Sung.
After a car accident, a child leads a man to a strange fairy-tale
cottage in the woods. This creepily sugar-sweet world is brilliantly
bought to life and the disturbing implications of the childrens' powers
linger long after viewing. Adult characters, however, are curiously
under-developed and drags badly in the middle.
DDDD A Field in England (2013) Michael Smiley, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope. Dir: Ben Wheatley.
English civil war deserters are forced by an alchemist to search for
treasure in a field with magic mushrooms. Seriously strange tale of
witchcraft and devilry, in the tradition of folk horrors like Satan’s Claw and Whicker Man but hallucinatory. Defies easy explanations, but certain sequences linger long, especially the freak-out. DDDD The East (2013) Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, Toby Kebbell. Dir: Zal Batmanglij.
An undercover operative infiltrates an anti-corporate activist group
with an eye-for-an-eye philosophy. Despite hard-hitting pretensions,
little better than an average teen movie. Politically and
philosophically flimsy, activists are too clichéd and underdrawn and the
corporations too diabolical to be taken seriously. Not very engaging,
and gets steadily sillier. DDD Equus (1977) Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins, Jenny Agutter. Dir: Sidney Lumet.
A psychiatrist must treat a boy who has viciously blinded six horses.
Some said that Lumet’s adaptation lacked imaginative staging of the
play, yet could hardly be called badly done – some sections are
electrifying, and not just because of the actors or script, which are
both outstanding. Disturbing and enthralling. DDDDD The Invisible Boy (1957) Richard Eyer, Philip Abbott, Diane Brewster, Harold J. Stone. Dir: Hermann Hoffman.
A super-computer tells a boy how to make his own robot. Vehicle for Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet,
curious mixed-bag, part kid wish-fulfillment but with serious sci-fi
pretensions. Weirdly subversive and deadpan in humour for 50s, yet
contradictorily frightening and paranoid. Lots of fun though, both
intentionally and unintentionally. DDDd
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