Justin Kurzel’s new adaptation apes the earlier Polanski film’s rolling fog and blistering exteriors, adding in stylized battles (blood, mud, metal, noise) that make it into something resembling Shakespeare by way of Braveheart. It works; this is one of the best Bard adaptations in recent memory. …Read More
“Our Love and Battles Can Be the Same Thing”: Mathieu Amalric on Risk, Collaboration, and Why Sex Scenes Should Never Be Improvised
Anthology Film Archives, in partnership with the French Institute Alliance Française, is celebrating French actor and filmmaker Mathieu Amalric in a comprehensive retrospective through December 15.
As they sing in Halloween III, four more days ‘till Halloween (Silver Shamrock). And while we’ve given you peee-lenty of scary movies recommendations this season (and many, many, many, many previously), as we close in on the ghoulish holiday, we decided to get a bit more micro-focused — pinpointing the single most terrifying moments in all of movie-dom.
If you’re not going anywhere this weekend anyway, why not stay in with your Netflix and get a jump on your month-long horror movie binge? …Read More
Twenty years ago this week, Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects opened in theaters, and everybody lost their minds. It ended up redefining the “twist” ending, becoming a kind of shorthand for a left-field, eleventh-hour plot development that reconfigures everything that’s come before. But it was neither the first nor last movie to do that ending, or do it well. …Read More
Movie podcasts are not hard to come by these days. Just about every film-centric website has its own weekly get-together, where the writers and guests hash out new releases and noteworthy anniversaries and the like; most of my favorite film writers have shows of their own, with a similar, discussion-and-review format. But from its inception just over a year ago, Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This has separated itself from the pack not only in terms of quality (though many of those shows are very good), but in terms of style.
The Hollywood remake machine shows no signs of stopping — if this weekend’s latest big-screen retelling is any indication. A 3D remake of the horror classic Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper and produced/co-written by Steven Spielberg, hit theaters. The film has garnered mixed reviews, but the movie’s presence recalls stories about the original Poltergeist, which has been dubbed cursed by fans and critics. Read on for the spooky real-life story behind the original film — and several other terror tales that were really haunted and …Read More
Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland returns to cinemas this weekend with another film featuring a tormented protagonist — this time centered on “two classic nesting conflicts of intimacy — between the needs of the self and the needs of partners, and between the potential liberations and constrictions of erotic fantasy.” In The Duke of Burgundy, “Strickland brings to life the appeals of a sexual fantasy as well as its potentially attending traps of detachment,” Slant writes. Two women test the limits of their sexual relationship, set in Strickland’s dreamy world that references the Euro sexploitation films of the 1960s and ‘70s. It has all the makings of a great psychosexual drama. We explore similarly sculpted films, below.
In surveying some of the best foreign-language films of the year, it’s become clear that many have common themes. Some are about the primacy of family and crises in masculinity, while others center on rehabilitating the past and finding spiritual meaning in the secular world. But all of these films follow characters whose basic needs — familial and romantic stability, sexual fulfillment, and creative expression — question just how progressive modern society really is. Here are ten essential international films from the past …Read More