Thank God for A24. While they have their hits and misses, they seem to be about the only studio committed to making movies that are actually good as opposed to the watered-down, cgi-infested, shit fests that usually make up the new releases.
Hereditary is another big win for them. As I'll get to in a moment, there are some elements of the movie - particularly the third act - I'm still mulling over how I feel about them but regardless…
What a mess. Rian Johnson has claimed he had near total freedom on The Last Jedi. I sincerely hope that's not true. If it is then I've overestimated him as a film maker.
I'll get into spoilers a bit lower down but first a few non-spoiler thoughts. In terms of the three Disney Wars to date, this ranks squarely in the middle. Not nearly as bad as Rogue One but quite a bit below The Force Awakens.
My hope had…
This is the type of movie that, unfortunately, almost never gets made these days. It's a brilliant exercise in the slow burn, in cinematography, in acting, and in the creation of a tangible world.
Robert Eggers has cited The Shining as an inspiration for The Witch. While this film isn't quite as successful, the influence is definitely there in the best possible way. Both films build their tension slowly, infuse every scene with a sense of wrongness, and earn their…