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6 items from 2015


Pánico is a crazed mix of horror and fantasy

2 October 2015 8:44 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Pánico

Directed by Julián Soler

Mexico, 1970

Julián Soler’s Pánico is part-understated horror gem, part-mad scientist absurdism. This three-part anthology film starts really strong, with visible influences from Welles and Kurosawa, and then takes a left turn with something that would be very much at home in a Rex Carlton-produced episode of Tales from the Crypt.

There’s virtually no dialogue in the first seventeen minutes of the film. But there are a whole lot of screams. Ana Martín plays an unnamed woman shrieking and running through a forest away from a purple-clad woman wielding a knife. There are a few flashbacks, one indicating a possible gang rape, the grotesque close-ups of which remind of Janet Leigh’s interaction with a gang of thugs in Touch of Evil, but for the most part this first short film (titled, simply, Panic) gets its mileage out of some pretty compositions and camera movements from Soler. »

- Neal Dhand

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Best Films of 2015 so far (part 2)

2 June 2015 9:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. With over 800 movies released theatrically, there’s plenty to digest. As we reach the halfway point of the year, we decided to publish a list of our favourite movies thus far, in hopes that our readers can catch up on some of the films they might have missed out on. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2015 to date, a list that ranges from independent horror films to documentary to foreign films and so much more. Here’s is part two of our three part list.

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20. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Eccentrically layered yet simple in plot, the Swedish adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s novel does a fine job in balancing satire with tenderness. Telling the story of Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson), a 100-year-old explosive enthusiast »

- Staff

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Things are tense in the Golden Bear-winning noir, ‘Black Coal, Thin Ice’

2 June 2015 1:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It is hard to trust a cop in a noir.

This is still true in the U.K. trailer for Black Coal, Thin Ice. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival last year and is starting to make its way to both U.K. and U.S. distributions. It comes from writer/director Diao Yinan.

The film follows an ex-cop who looks for redemption when a serial killer, at the heart of gruesome coal-plant murder he couldn’t solve years before, strikes again. It stars Liao Fan, Gwei Lun, Mei and Wang Xuebing.

Our own Neal Dhand caught the film at Tribeca and called it ‘a gorgeous, meticulous, wryly funny police critique couched in thriller terms.’

The first trailer seems to sell that idea also as the stylish film noir look seems to play well with this thrilling story. Yinan seems to have captured the despair »

- Zach Dennis

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‘Leolo’ is a tender, dirty poem

5 April 2015 9:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Léolo

Directed by Jean-Claude Lauzon

Canada, 1992

Jean-Claude Lauzon’s semi-autobiographical Léolo is not for the squeamish. This isn’t horror, blood and guts stuff. It’s a film with a smell and a texture.

Leo Lauzon (Mazime Collin) lives in a crowded Montreal apartment with his largely insane family, but spends most of his time in his imagination as the Sicilian Leolo Lozone, bizarrely conceived by a tomato, and entirely in awe of the world around him.

Léolo is obsessed with body parts and secretions. There’s an emphasis on liquids, fecal matter, and colossus bodies. Characters eat, things squish and slide. It’s a mélange that sometimes verges on the uncomfortable, but is always tangible – it has the feeling of concrete memory, not the stuff of distant nostalgia.

One bit of Léolo’s voiceover sums the film up nicely: “I was always divided by me desire to vomit and my desire to jerk off. »

- Neal Dhand

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‘It Follows’ is fun and gorgeously moody

2 March 2015 8:23 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It Follows

Directed by David Robert Mitchell

USA, 2014

Is David Robert Mitchell’s atmospheric horror film It Follows parody? Its ambiguous decade could be the heyday of ‘80s American horror, replete with tube TVs, a very retro-looking aboveground pool, and costuming that’s very Blue Velvet. But then there’s a reading device that looks like a rather chic Kindle

There’s the slow-walking, silent killer, and the equation famously satirized in Scream: sex = death (and also, counter-intuitively to that trope, sex = life). But there’s also a prevailing sense of loneliness and characters that play everything straight-faced and never for a laugh.

Much of Mitchell’s gorgeously staged, formalist film plays out both ways: it’s at once satire (or homage) and new-school, serious-minded horror.

19 year-old Jay (Maika Monroe) has a great new boyfriend in Hugh (Jake Weary). They take things slow, but finally sleep together on a lazy fall night. »

- Neal Dhand

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Director Talya Lavie talks ‘Zero Motivation’

27 February 2015 6:59 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I spoke with Zero Motivation director Talya Lavie about mixing genres and surrealism in her debut feature film

Neal Dhand: Did you always consider this a comedy? There are some rather dark moments – sexual violence and suicide – that could easily move this into darker territory. Were they always in the script?

Talya Lavie: The film is defined as a “dark comedy”, but while writing the script, I didn’t want to constrain myself in a specific genre. I put a large scale of emotions in it and the scenes you mentioned were there from the first draft of the script. I was actually interested in mixing different spirits in this film: humor, sadness, nonsense and tragedy.

Nd: Do you consider those scenes mentioned above to be unique to a female-military perspective?

Tl: Since the main characters of the film are women and I’m a female director, I »

- Neal Dhand

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