'Blacula' is so much more fun than it gets credit for. The cult following it has might come for its prominence and attainability in the mainstream conception of Blacksploitation, but it is certainly worthy of being seen, even in the modern age of ironic film viewership. Why? Not because it's a hyper-intellectual masterpiece, or a self-reflexive comment on race-relations in the early 70s. But for a purely visceral reason: if I have a couple of beers and watch this I…
I have been a passionate advocate of Sofia Coppola. Not just for her masterpieces 'The Virgin Suicides' and 'Lost in Translation', but also for her more maligned works (I'm talking about you 'Marie Antoinette'), and so it is with a figurative tear in my eye that I say that this didn't live up to her usual standard.
With all the detachment of Lost in Translation, and none of the charm, it seemed to err on the side of the off…
Not Scorcese's finest film, perhaps a little too formulaic as a psychological thriller, but I loved this film. A blend of noir and horror that has long been familiar, but has seldom been well executed, this film takes the tropes of the psychological-horror - the isolated island, crumbling mental institution, lonely island, dark wood, sinister doctor - and executed them in such a way that they were not only effectively rendered, but also refreshed with a new life, like old…
My absolute favourite Scorcese film - and many will say I'm not a true fan for it. This film is nightmarish, harrowing, often disturbing, sometimes hilarious and above all deeply, deeply melancholy. Nick Cage, prior to becoming legendary for his manic performances in films like Bad Lieutenant, gives a brilliant, layered performance in a film that has its audience sharing in his exhaustion, beaten down melancholia, and the slow demise of his compassion. Raw, gritty, deeply felt and amazing.