8 items from 2013
Though it would be impossible for Jennifer Lynch.s career to perfectly mimic that of her father David Lynch, the amount of eccentricities is similar. The most bizarre love story ever, 1993.s Boxing Helena, wasn.t followed up for fifteen years until 2008.s Surveillance, and since then she.s been fairly consistent in releasing non-critical darlings that retain the darkness of her father.s work with few of the quirky nightmarish qualities. The two delightfully demented worlds will be colliding now that David Lynch has signed on to appear in A Fall From Grace, Jennifer Lynch.s next thriller. The Hollywood Reporter states the elder Lynch will play the father of the lead character, a St. Louis homicide detective tracking down a serial killer. The detective is to be played by the ever-dependable Tim Roth. Paz Vega (Madagascar 3) and Willow Shields (The Hunger Games) have also been added to the »
A quasi-apocalyptic fable filmed amid the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Benh Zeitlin's extraordinary Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, StudioCanal, 12) follows the changing fortunes of a vibrant young girl and her sickly father as they face an uncertain future in the fictional bayou community of the Bathtub. Based on Lucy Alibar's play Juicy and Delicious, Zeitlin's unexpected awards contender boasts rising waters, mythical creatures and superbly believable characters. As Hushpuppy, Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee to compete in Oscar's best actress category, while Dwight Henry had to be dragged away from his day job running a local bakery to star in the movie; both are mesmerising. The decision to shoot on 16mm rather than digital pays splendid visual dividends, lending richly colourful texture to the proceedings as they slip effortlessly between grainy realism and fantasy. A »
- Mark Kermode
★★☆☆☆ Following on from the deeply baffling, divisive psycho-thriller Surveillance (2008), a film that somewhat managed to eradicate the memory of her previous directorial failures, Jennifer Lynch (daughter of esteemed cinematic surrealist David) returns to her thematic bread and butter with Chained (2012) - but only to various degrees of success. Boosted by a strong premise and narrative that clearly looks to examine the nature versus nurture complex, the film is a traumatic and mostly controversial look at the sculpting of an evil that is both reprehensible and hereditary, practised as it is by a man haunted by his past and the sins of a malevolent father.
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- CineVue UK
Last week, David Cronenberg's son Brandon invaded his father's "body horror" territory with Antiviral. This week, David Lynch's daughter Jennifer (who made a brief appearance in Dad's Eraserhead as a child) once more visits her father's hermetic world of small-town horror. She tells the gruesome tale of a nine-year-old boy abducted by a serial killer (Vincent D'Onofrio) along with his mother and kept chained up in a remote prairie basement for the next decade. It's better acted (especially by D'Onofrio, who played the overweight conscript recruit in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket and Orson Welles in Tim Burton's Ed Wood), though less palatable than 2008's Surveillance, a violent affair set in similar terrain.
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- Philip French
It must be hard to be the daughter of one of the most acclaimed and idiosyncratic media personalities of all time.
Sofia Coppola has managed to step out of her father’s shadow and forge what might eventually be a more impressive career than dear old dad. Duncan Jones sidestepped music altogether, changed his name and now directs films a world away (more or less) from his dad David Bowie’s music or film career. Jennifer Lynch hasn’t yet managed to make anything that has measured up to father David’s 30 odd years of directing.
She was off to a poor start with Boxing Helena, a widely panned turkey notable only for a lawsuit involving original star Kim Basinger. Some 15 years later she would come back to directing with Surveillance, a step in the right direction but a film lacking a satisfactory third act that felt heavily in debt to her Dad’s films. »
- Chris Holt
★★★☆☆ After the difficulties of making Hisss (2010), an audacious horror filmed in both Hindi and English, erratic director Jennifer Lynch returns to the murky psychological landscapes of Surveillance (2008) with Chained (2012); a chilling exploration of the nature versus nurture argument in the context of how monsters are created. It's difficult not to admire the film's conceptual ambition and considered subversion of genre tropes despite being hindered by its brief but puzzling retreats into more conventional territory. Chained opens with Sarah (Julia Ormond) and her 9-year-old son Tim (Evan Bird) being kidnapped by cab driver Bob (Vincent D'Onofrio).
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- CineVue UK
The film is a dark and utterly fascinating look at a serial killer and explores a number of interesting questions regarding the psychology of this kind of person. I asked Jennifer Lynch about this, ‘torture porn’, shooting on digital, what’s next and more.
The film is fascinating in the questions it raises about nature vs. nurture. Do you find yourself coming down more on one side of that debate and did making Chained change your views at all or lead you in new directions?
Such a great question. I think the dangerous part of nurture vs. nature is the assumption that it is one or the other. It is so deeply case specific. If we look solely at Bob and Rabbit… Bob’s nurture was so damaging, »
- Craig Skinner
L’enfant terrible Jennifer Lynch, whose previous flick Hissss is yet to see the light of day in many territories (at least legally), is back with Chained, a serial-killer flick that looks like something that has stepped off 70s Us television, yet plays like the the more sleazier side of the decade as seen in the grindhouse cinema of 42nd Street and movies such as Taxi Driver – with shades of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer thrown in for good measure!
Chained tells the story of Tim, a young boy who following an outing to the cinema with his mother, is abducted by Bob, an unlicensed taxi driver whose cab they hail. Driven out to the wilds of Saskatchewan and to the isolated home in which Bob lives, »
8 items from 2013
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