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Even amongst the creative weirdos in her visual arts M.F.A. program, Noelle (Francesca Eastwood) doesn’t quite fit in. She’s a little too restrained, a little too quiet, and her work could benefit from a serious injection of fresh blood — and all that changes when she’s the victim of a terrible act of violence. On the heels of Isabelle Huppert’s lauded turn in Paul Verhoeven’s similarly themed “Elle,” Natalia Leite’s “M.F.A.” is another entry in the rape-revenge genre, with Eastwood’s daring performance emerging as the most compelling element.
“Get messy! Fail! Fail miserably! Make something ugly!” Humiliating Noelle in front of her steely-eyed classmates, her professor (Marlon Young) admonishes the young artist after yet another poor showing. Despite a talent for drawing and painting, Noelle just can’t seem to tap into a creative well, and both her work and her personal energies are suffering because of it. »
- Kate Erbland
Ryan Lambie Jan 21, 2017
Huge spoilers: we delve into Split's conclusion, and share M Night Shyamalan's thoughts on what it all means...
Nb: This is your final warning for huge, huge Split spoilers.
M Night Shyamalan's already well known for his knotty thrillers, and in many respects, Split doesn't disappoint. It stars James McAvoy as Kevin, a seemingly ordinary guy who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (Did), and whose multiple personalities are beginning to run dangerously out of control. Within his troubled mind there resides a nervous, hip-hop loving nine-year-old, Hedwig, and Barry, a gentle fashion designer.
Dennis, on the other hand, is far more unstable: one day, he decides to kidnap three teenagers - Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula) - and keep them locked up in his basement. »
Michelle Herbert reviews A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay…
A Head Full of Ghosts is an intense account of what happened to Merry’s family fifteen years ago. The story is told in two ways, the first is a set of interviews, where adult Merry recounts the events of that time to a reporter. The second is via a blog called ‘The Last Final Girl’, in which another young woman, Karen, attempts to analyse the same circumstances, that were shown in a TV re-enactment show called The Possession.
We are introduced to this earlier time through adult Merry’s recollections of her eight-year-old self. As a child, Merry idolised her older sister Marjorie, and although there is a large age gap between them, the sisters seem close. From the start, A Head Full of Ghosts lets us know that something isn’t right with Marjorie as she is seeing a psychiatrist. »
- Amie Cranswick
3 items from 2017
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