When you’re fighting for a country that hates you and your people…what are you really fighting for? Spike Lee’s latest joint Da 5 Bloods (2020) follows four Vietnam war veterans who travel back to the country decades later to find the remains of their long-dead friend and leader Stormin’ Norman (Chadwick Boseman). Among his bones, also lay millions of dollars worth of gold bars – shipped unbeknownst along with the crew in the ’60s, which they discovered and buried.
The X-Men franchise is infamous for its rollercoaster ride of a series. There are some fantastic films like “Logan” (2017) and “X2” (2003), and then there are some unfathomable ones like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009). From the moment it was announced, it was obvious that Simon Kinberg’s “Dark Phoenix” (2019) wasn’t going to fare well for some.
For a woman who’s most popular song begins with the lyrics: “My pussy tastes like Pepsi Cola,” Lana Del Rey seems to have a lot to say about glamour, as well as what makes music and artistry acceptable.
“I go hard, I go fast, and I never look back,” is how Charli XCX began her 2019 self-titled album, and those lyrics prove to be true with the singers latest body of work ‘how I’m feeling now.” In April of this year, with most of the world isolating because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Charli announced she was going to do something many artists have shied away from during this time: she was going to put out an album.
I’m a big fan of the “feel bad” genre. Films that make me sad, films that make me sick, and films that stay with me in the worst way possible. Since quarantine began, I’ve been watching a lot of films that amp up my fight or flight response, and The Lodge was the perfect addition.
Since her breakthrough album Visions, Canadian artist Grimes has always been an intriguing figure. From her high wailing vocals to her lyrics about morality and gods, the artist has propelled herself into indie-pop stardom. When Miss Anthropocene’s release date was finally announced after much delay, the excitement from fans seemed to ooze through the interwebs.
With a children’s story displayed in widescreen quickly morphing into a 1.55:1 aspect ratio as the current story begins, there is no doubt that Oz Perkins intended Gretel & Hansel to feel like a fairy-tale— and a Grimm one at that. The film tells the story of Gretel (a magnetic Sophia Lillis) and her brother Hansel (a sweet Samuel Leakey) who are banished from their home by their mother, and venture into the woods in search of food and solace.
It started with the drywall in my mother’s coat room. Maybe it was the way the sun glinted off of it, or the fact that it was smoothed out too perfectly. I’d drag my index finger against the wall, the scrape of my nail and the plaster sending a thrill through me, but it was nothing like the pleasure that consuming the drywall brought me.
Two weeks ago the Obscur team came together to suggest some light quarantine watches and we thought you might have gotten through them by now, or maybe just sick of the medium. So this time, we’re talking books. Just a few additions for your embarrassingly long TBR that, weeks into quarantine, you probably haven’t even touched yet.
Beginning your television series with a shot of a teenage girl running through the streets, wide eyed and covered in blood, is definitely going to get you some Carrie (1976) comparisons. When the trailer was released a week ahead of the show itself, there were cries on the internet of I Am Not Okay With This being another cookie-cutter crowd-pleaser that’s dripping with 80’s nostalgia.
The Obscur playlist is back baby! This time around, we’re talking about those hidden gems… criminally underrated album tracks.
Right from its title sequence, slick text brought onto the screen by crashing waves, it’s apparent that Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man is a wholly original take on what could be a stunted premise. The film opens with Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) attempting to flee the house she shares with her husband Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Cecilia tip-toes around the house and flinches at any noise, hinting that the relationship she has with her husband Adrian isn’t all that loving.
Blood on Her Name begins immediately after a catalyst: There’s a body of a man on the ground – his head bludgeoned as he bleeds to death, and a disheveled woman standing over him. This woman, Leigh (Bethany Anne Lind) has just set into motion events that will change not only her life, but the lives of those around her. As time passes, Leigh gets increasingly more panicked, and instead of calling the police, conceals the crime and plans on disposing of the body.
Opening with a full backstory on the life of its titular character, Birds Of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) let’s you know exactly what it’s all about: the life of one Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). And that’s what the film is for the better part of an hour: Harley’s movie.
Ever since I can remember, there’s been bits and pieces of my life that have been missing. Flashes here and there – echoes of moments I can’t recall – but I’ve always known there’s something missing. I love the woman who raised me. She’s funny and kind, and even at 44 years old, sees the world with a sense of optimism and wonder that I at 21, find unfathomable.