Come Away (Brenda Chapman, 2020): "Brave" director Brenda Chapman's live-action directorial debut is a beautifully made family drama about grief, childhood imagination and the bond between siblings that also serves as a prequel to both "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan". It's small and low-key and has alot of charm and alot of heart as well as plenty of imagination. Despite the fantasy elements it's not a kids' film and is quite dark and sombre. David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie…
What a blindsider this was! I'm still sitting here trying to wrap my head around it but I know it was brilliant. As a puzzle it managed to fuck with my head like no other film and as a human drama it is equally effective. Ethan Hawke is exceptional but it's Sarah Snook's film. She's a star and gives an astounding, heartbreaking performance.
Every year I see any number of truly great films but there is usually one that hits me on a different level to other great films altogether,a deeper level.In 2013 it was Ridley Scott's "The Counsellor",in 2014 it was Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin" and in 2015 it was Angelina Jolie Pitt's deeply unusual,highly erotic and incredibly well realised psychosexual drama "By The Sea".
First things first,the talk of it being a flop.It was never going to be a hit,never.It…
Does anybody else see the Nic Roeg influence on Jolie's film? It is strongly reminiscent of "Don't Look Now".The troubled though sensual married couple dealing with trauma in foreign climes,the sexual/erotic aspect of the story,the mystery that lies at the heart of the story,the spectral,otherworldy feel,the editing and the use of reflective surfaces such as water and mirrors.It is all there.
It is also strongly reminiscent of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".Indeed it plays like a kinkier,weirder,sexually perverse take on…