One of the things I look for in movies, be they horror or otherwise, is a ‘cinematic’ look, which I often have difficulty describing though what I mean is a movie that looks like a movie. Which sounds fairly obvious, but bear with me. I mean there’s some actual cinematography going on, as in the […]
While I don’t necessarily think Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is as great a movie as many of it’s advocates seem to think it is – it’s colder and more calculated than the winter the bulk of the story takes place in – it is effective. Sean King O’Grady’s We Need To Do Something works on […]
Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep–the sequel to The Shining–is a great movie. I try not to to be hyperbolic in my praise but it’s pretty remarkable. It somehow manages to pull off taking everything good about Kubrick’s movie and revisiting it in a way that feels new and original. And something that has to be commented […]
A week or so ago I caught The Haunting Of Hill House on Netflix, and I stand by what I said then, namely Mike Flanagan is the best horror director working today. More recently I rewatched The Shining and realized both movies are remarkably similar. An overhead shot of the hedge maze on the grounds […]
Goodnight Mommy won the award for European Cinematographer in 2015 at the 28th annual European Film Awards and is also Austria’s entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. The only problem with that whole Academy Award thing is Serverin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s film is a horror movie, and when do horror movies win Academy Awards? (The […]
John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary had a preview showing in Washington, DC, where the director as well as Brendan Glesson discussed not only what they were trying to do with the film, but the broader landscape that it existed in. There was a period for questions from the audience as well, which made for a pretty interesting evening. It […]
“”Room 237” is (possibly) a weird, oddly effecting journey into the mind of a filmmaker considered by many to be a genius.” Rodney Ascher’s “Room 237” is fascinating because it manages to take a subject that’s remarkably niche – the messages and potential motivations interwoven into the making of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” – and manages […]
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a rabid Tron fan. And while I enjoyed Tron: Legacy (and the music of Daft Punk, who scored the film) I missed Wendy Carlos.