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Heard a lot of chatter about this being truly terrifying, which I think set me up for disappointment because it wasn’t scary at all — I kept waiting for the terror and never found it.
What I did find though was a tremendous lead performance from Rebecca Hall and a smart screenplay that actually dealt properly in ambiguity rather than being weird and complicated for no good reason. It had a consistently unnerving atmosphere at least in part because of how it doled out revelations. And while I’m not sure it necessarily stuck the landing, it went somewhere pretty interesting.
When you watch as many films as I do, it’s rare that you can say you’ve never seen anything like whatever you just watched. But I said it about this fucking insane movie as soon as the credits began to roll. There are all kinds of things wrong with it on all kinds of levels, but the sheer gonzo fun of the final half-hour, and how refreshing it felt that James Wan had been completely let off the leash and allowed to do whatever he wanted, overrode everything else for me.
Documentaries about girl groups are always faintly terrifying to me. It’s the idea, I think, that healthy amounts of success come packaged with unhealthy amounts of attention; our ravenous celebrity culture seems designed to eat girls in their mid-20s alive. But it also seems designed to put them on the kind of pedestal that’ll propel a debut LP to No. 2 on the Billboard charts and lead to a first-ever performance at Coachella. The rough comes with the smooth. The…
If there were awards for literal titles, Marco Bonfanti’s The Man Without Gravity, new on Netflix today, would certainly win one. The Italian film boasts a premise that seems original if you haven’t read Stephen King’s 2018 novella Elevation, about a man becoming so light that he eventually floats away. The Man Without Gravity uses the idea differently — its protagonist, Oscar (Elio Germano), is born with his weightlessness, rather than developing it later in life — but hits some…