If there is a film out there that covers forty plus years of one man’s life more elegantly, more poignantly or more poetically than this, I have yet to see it. Written and directed by the filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes), this production is a case study in how to deliver a character study with class, dignity and a quiet beauty. Rare is the film that clocks in…
“When you are a vampire you become very... sexy!”
The fake documentary – or mockumentary – has been around for decades, struggling to find a fresh angle. Happily, that is not the case with this one. Written, produced and directed by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the screenwriters have breathed new life into a worn out genre. The creature and make-up effects are better than would be expected which helps keep the film feeling authentic. A brilliantly hysterical take on the vampire movie.
I'm a fairly smart guy with above average intelligence... and I've seen quite a few movies in my time, yet I cannot tell you anything that happened in this confusing wuxia story. I was bored senseless, wishing for the end credits to finally roll. Though it is only 105 minutes, it felt interminable.
My first film of director Hsiao-hsien Hou... and I have little desire to check out the rest of his filmography. A colossal disappointment.