I love cinema, cinemas, and blu-ray.
This made a rather bizarre but surprisingly suitable double-bill with Pixar’s Soul tonight!
The main character is so innocent and naive but also charming and prone to moments of playful fantasy; I was occasionally reminded of the lighter aspects of Björk’s performance in Dancer in the Dark, though don’t let the comparison put you off if you weren’t a fan of that film.
Once you get beyond the title and basic premise this is incredibly human, thought provoking and touching. Deserves to be widely seen.
This is a tricky one to rate because it has an excellent cast, a fantastically well-realised and atmospheric setting, effective soundtrack, and a wonderfully unsettling early scene (you know the one, if you’ve seen this). As a period piece it’s great, but for much of the time there was very little sense of threat beyond the harsh realities of life and sometimes misdirected religious fervour in that time and place. So as a horror film I didn’t find it particularly…
A masterpiece of tension through expert direction of scenes where threat is all around but violence is unpredictable, sometimes exploding out of nowhere and other times menacing for excruciating periods before simmering down and letting us breath again.
The actions carried out by the main protagonists in this bloody war are quite awe inspiring but also fairly terrifying and more than a little disturbing. Whatever it takes?