films directed by women, in chronological order. always in progress.
The Moth Diaries
Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?
The Moth Diaries left me both confused and very annoyed. I know that it is easy to get angry when you don't understand something and have tons of unanswered questions, and I'm going to try my best to not fall victim to my own nastiness and negativity.
What was the deal with the moths? Did I miss something? If you can, PLEASE explain (or at least give me your theories). I wish this was explored more, we see a couple scenes with moths but it doesn't really amount to anything? Was I trying to read too much into the title and the fact that the actress playing Ernessa (Lily Cole) looks like an insect? Was she a moth? A vampire?…
The dvd cover says the movie is "Bristling With Suspense And Erotic Tension". What you really get is a pretty weak ghost story...that is not too suspenseful, not too original and at the end does not really make any sense. About the only thing going for this one....it is only 82 minutes long! Final thought: This is one to avoid.
Too languid for its own good, "The Moth Diaries" is a vampire film without any bite. The direction is even-handed and slightly fetishistic, and there are some impressive nods to vampire fiction of the past. The overall experience, however, is a dull one.
Decent cinematography is not enough to save such a BORING movie. I really have nothing more to say about this except : lesbians, mysterious vampire / ghost thing? and yes, some moths.
Believe me, there is nothing here that you haven't seen before.
This movie very crucially was not made for me, a 25 year old guy, so naturally its tabs won't fit into my slots (hello!). And as opposed to white boy movies that don't give a fuck if girls like it (the oeuvre de Michael Bay might as well have a big "No girls allowed - we're staring at your tits" sign hung over it) I respect the ways that it communicates to its intended audience. Harron talked about making this movie for her teenage daughter but natch Harron won't sanitize for anyone, so the movie is adult in its way too. All this adds up to a movie for teenagers that hints at what a dangerous, alluring thing…
Amazing performances from both Sarah Bolger and my own personal favourite, Lily Cole.
The Moth Diaries is not at all what I expected, and I think the summery of the film can be a bit misleading. Or maybe bi-curious movie descriptions make me think of something completely different.. more IN YOUR FACE graphic, like Black Swan, and I'm tempted to say: "lucky it wasn't". The film is creepy rather than scary, and it just works so well with everything. I really enjoyed this one, and would definitely recommend it. Even if the ending is a bit of a let-down.
Rated R for some bloody images, sexuality, drug use and language.
Someone commented asking if they missed something. Other than the fact that it's a very modern telling of Carmilla, one of the very first pieces of vampire literature, I'm not sure what you could have. Which is why I have no idea why I enjoy this film so much and most other people seem to hate it. Maybe it's due to the fact that I just love vampires more than most, I'm really not sure. Perhaps I was just surprised and pleased to find that this movie was very different from the typical vampire movie, that it didn't portray vampires as these large, otherworldly warriors, but gave us a much more psychological idea of what the vampire is. Either way I thought it was well acted and the cinematography was wonderful. I'm not sure why so many people disliked it at all.
This was the kind of movie I don't expect most people to enjoy, but it felt in a way made for me despite it's flaws. As I've established before, I'm very weak for female driven horror with gay subtext. Let alone involving mental illness, some mystery and a boarding school setting to draw me in. To be honest, this was sometimes bland, the acting and dialogue weren't perfect and the plot needed more resolution. But despite all of this, I still enjoyed myself consistently and I've been having fun discussing theories with the friend I watched it with. So it's hard for me to look you in the eye and say that it was outright bad. It's at the least a decent pick if you're looking to watch something female directed and easy to sit through.
Just sort of an incoherent, wooden mess, albeit a pretty one.
A more accurate summary of this film would be "Lily Cole glances frostily over her shoulder and/or through various objects. She does this a lot."
I believe moths and diaries are also loosely involved.
Scavenger Hunt August 2016 #10: a non-sparkling vampire film
I don't really know what to say to about this.... It wasn't as horrible as everyone told me it was, but it also wasn't very good. I'm not gonna be rushing to rewatch it anytime soon, but I also didn't hate it. Though, it is annoying how confusing it was. I paid about 95% attention and there was so much of it that just didn't make sense/flow with everything.
Mostly, I'm just disappointed it didn't have enough vampires for my liking.
I am pretty sure I am not this movie's target audience, but I found it entertaining enough. It is just a pretty simple vampire type story and in that sense it goes pretty much where you'd expect it to. It is a familiar story that is told pretty well. It probably isn't anything I'd seek out to watch again though.
I really could have done without the scene where the teacher kisses his teenage student though. That really wasn't needed.
não se engane quando vir os números 1h20 no player porque o filme na verdade dura 87 horas
#52FilmsByWomen pt. 29.
This is the sort of coming-of-age film that opens a supernatural interpretation of normal parts of growing up with some psychological challenges along the way. In this respect, as well as several plot beats and audiovisual motifs, it is strikingly similar to The Falling, which came out a few years later. Minus the cringey meta bits with the cool English teacher, there is a lot of great stuff here. Many of the emotional situations resonated with me, and the melodrama was pitched just right, thanks to a keen cast across the board.
Cf. The Reflecting Skin
P.S. Wow people really seem to dislike this movie. I guess I'm in the minority once again.
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