Even as Iran becomes a less hospital place for filmmakers, Iranian filmmakers are finding a way to flourish. Abbas Kiarostami’s international productions (Certified Copy and Like Someone in Love) are being met with critical success while Asghar Farhadi’s French production The Past is met with equal success. And now as these Iranian filmmakers begin creating films throughout the globe, the first Persian language film made in the West is, of all things, a vampire film. Continue reading A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Spoiler Alert: The last act is discussed in length. If you haven’t seen it yet, you probably never will so just go ahead and read it anyway, just don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Going into Eclipse, I was hoping for some truly messed up stuff. Director David Slade has made some disturbing stuff. His debut, Hard Candy, was about a pedophile getting tortured by Ellen Page for two hours and 30 Days of Night has a spectacular display of graphic vampire violence. Twilight certainly had the pedophilia going for it and New Moon seemed to be ramping up the violence, leading me to believe that Eclipse could actually shape up to be a dark, violent and disturbing flick. Continue reading The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
You may remember that I actually liked the beginning of a film phenomenon with Twilight. In fact, I liked it so much I decided to watch New Moon. Plus, since it’s one of the hugest film series right now, I owe it to myself and my readers to keep up with the series. The fact I watched this alone probably brings my considerably low manliness rating down in-between mamma’s boy and castrated. Continue reading The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
I have a tenancy to gravitate towards films with controversial deceptions of religion. Films like Wise Blood and Black Narcissus are among my favorites, bold, defiant and challenging pictures. However, I also despise a number of religious films that simply use religion to justify the plot or images (see The Passion of the Christ and Seven). So when Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) struts on the screen as a con-man preaching the gospel, I know that this has the potential to be either right up my alley or a huge misfire. Continue reading The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Thanks to the overwhelming success of Twilight, it seems that everyone is making a vampire flick. If you every had an idea for a vampire film this is the time to make it as every studio seems to be attempting to riff off the success of the vampire craze. Some of the most surprisingly good stuff has come out of international cinema such as Let the Right One In. Thirst, Korean vampire flick from well-known director Park Chan-wook continues this trend of international vampire cinema. Continue reading Thirst (2009)