An enjoyable throwback horror let down by a couple of significant missteps.
Claiming in your marketing to evoke the likes of M.R. James is a dangerous game, but in Lord of Tears this is no hollow boast. The film is a very traditional ghost story clearly very strongly influenced by the likes of "A Warning to the Curious" and "Whistle and I'll Come to You", especially when it comes to the distant, ever watching menace of the Owl Man.
Pretty standard found footage fare for the most part, and certainly drags in the early going, but finds its feet in the later half and delivers a couple of genuine scares.
Owes a massive debt to The Blair Witch Project, even more so than most of its peers, but executes its tropes more effectively than the majority, and is incredibly tense in places. There's an extended sequence inside of a tent that is a particularly tough watch, but for the…
Reasonably entertaining whenever Kurt Russell is on screen, but the excessive foot fetish bullshit and lack of interesting characters mean only the pretty average action sequences provide any real enjoyment. The deliberately sloppy editing and film damage gimmick quickly wears thin too.
If you were asked to describe a smug, self-satisfied "hipster" film, you'd probably come up with something like this. This just makes it all the more surprisingly that Frances Ha is a genuinely funny, relatable picture.
Having such an instantly likeable protagonist certainly helps. Gerwig is fantastic, and even pulls off some excellent physical comedy in a film which mostly runs on clever, snappy dialogue. This is constantly amusing but never delivers any belly laughs, so dropping a pratfall or…