3 items from 2015
I’m “biast” (con): more cold than hot on Ben Wheatley
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Director Ben Wheatley and frequent collaborator screenwriter Amy Jump take on J.G. Ballard’s satirical novel of urban living and cultural hypocrisy, and the result is a frustrating experience: visually striking but thematically muddled and far too literal while aiming for the allegorical.
Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston: Crimson Peak, Muppets Most Wanted) has just moved into his new apartment in a residential high-rise building that manages to be both sparkling and oppressive, all concrete and glass, sunlight and dark corners, spacious and airy yet cold and brutal. This spirit rules the community as well, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sweet Emotion: Doremus Does Dystopia on Enjoyable, Recognizable Canvas
Emotions cannot be controlled, but they also cannot be allowed to control you. At least, that seems to be the basic tenet of the post-apocalyptic universe in the latest film from indie director Drake Doremus, Equals. A continuation of the director’s fascination with exploring the trajectories of romantic entanglements facing impossible odds of success, it is also is his most high profile project to date. But throwing it into a wider arena of dystopic cinema, the film does bear comparable similarities to plenty of other films, including a number of recent Ya forays into the realm. However, the filmmaker approaches his narrative, written by Moon (2009) scribe Nathan Parker, as an exploration of a serious, adult love story. Curiously, it lacks a certain sense of danger, foregoing genre frills and technological advances for a meditative rendering of developing intimacy.
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- Nicholas Bell
I never thought it would happen, but I have finally, personally, hit the wall with indie time travel flicks. Jacob Gentry's Synchronicity is not lacking in smarts or clockwork precision, but abjectly fails to convince in its core ideas of love and fate. Love may be a sticky and difficult thing, but the film seems to only communicate lust and desire, while empathy fails to make the journey. There is one worm hole too many. This leaves some impressive homages to Blade Runner's dreamy Vangelis score and neo-noir chiaroscuro, as well as Code 46's delight in contemporary-future architecture, simply hanging in empty space.Slightly strung out scientist Jim Beale (Chad McKnight, often evoking Jared Leto) is on the verge of inventing time travel with the help of his two calmer, wise-cracking lab technicians,...
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3 items from 2015
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