When a film is acclaimed or belittled, I always pledge that I will gather my own thoughts before forming an opinion. Context is everything – as it can make or break how a film is viewed – and I find with the influx of opinions on websites like Letterboxd or Twitter, it gets harder to differentiate between one’s own opinion and the opinion of the masses. However, with Jennifer Kent’s sophomore film, The Nightingale (2019), the rumors that surrounded the film during its festival run ring true: ...
Contemporary horror has often been criticized as being less impactful than horror films of the past and in a way, those critiques are completely valid. In regards to the music these films have showcased and provided, horror films of the modern age have doubled down on the scare factor, whether it be from the crescendo of sharp synths or a childlike voice creeping through the speakers.
The most intriguing aspect of Stephen King’s renowned novel It, has always been the coming of age story that is at the forefront of the narrative. This particular theme was elevated with Andy Muschietti’s 2017 film adaptation, which focuses on the core group of characters as children. His follow up film – It: Chapter 2 – studies the characters 27 years later, grown up and still reeling from the trauma they experienced as children.
Luce (2019), begins with the title character giving a speech to his school about how his parents have provided him with everything he needs to find success in his life and high-school career. He looks at his parents with clear love and admiration.
Music is an important part of every teenager’s life, whether it be to drown out their surroundings or to act as an escape to a different world. Writer/director Max Minghella (whose acting credits include The Handmaid’s Tale and The Social Network) displays this with Teen Spirit: a coming of age film about a young girl who dreams of becoming a famous singer.
Some may argue a directors biggest feat is getting a strong performance out of their actors, and Julia Hart is no stranger to overcoming that obstacle. Hart’s directorial debut, Miss Stevens (2016) came and went without much notice, but there is no doubt that while portraying the protagonist – Lily Rabe delivered the performance of her career.
With his 2010 directorial debut Beyond The Black Rainbow, filmmaker Panos Cosmatos’ established himself as a lover of melancholy, neon lighting, and heavy synthesizers. Eight years later, Cosmatos does not disappoint with the sensory overload that is his 2018 film Mandy.