If you want some recommendations, here they are.
Peppermint Candy is told in reverse-chronological order. Viewers may recall a similar device in Memento, released the following year. However, whereas Memento's employment of the device was an initially interesting but ultimately forgettable gimmick, Peppermint Candy's usage enables a deeper historical and psychological resonance. And it is, crucially, the double-level of psychology and history, micro and … Continue reading Peppermint Candy (1999)
An aesthetically beautiful but politically conservative film, proof that good politics and good aesthetics don't always match.
The Host shows you can follow monster movie conventions while telling an interesting story.
It's possible I pay too much attention to Rotten Tomatoes on this blog, but The Craft has a paltry 50%. A wrong that must be righted. I may be biased by 90s nostalgia. I played 'light as a feather, thick as a board' because of this film, I still love plaid and Portishead, and this film is … Continue reading The Craft (1996)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has some positive qualities. The franchise effectively straddles mass audience appeal with nerdy, interlocking comic book adaptations. Many of the single-hero films; the first Thor, the first Captain America, the first two Iron Man films; are cheeky fun. Jessica Jones is one of the best shows on Netflix, and I look … Continue reading Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Korean director Park Chan-wook crossed over into 'Western' popularity with culty, ultraviolent festival-hit Oldboy. This was a thematic sequel to the less well-known Sympathy for Mister Vengeance, in a trilogy that concluded with the disappointing Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. In my rarely-humble opinion, Sympathy for Mister Vengeance is the best of the three. Like Chan-wook's earlier … Continue reading Sympathy for Mister Vengeance (2002)