Set across November 1931 into the new year of 1932, Death Hunt has the trappings of a western: Charles Bronson as the lead, a town store, crowded watering hole, settlers establishing themselves in the wilderness, lawmen, drinking by the fire in the night, gunfights, explosions, a menace killing across the town, a First Nations woman who sleeps with one of the white men. Rather than the desert, the terrain is instead snowy mountains. Released and set more than a decade after…
Night Train Murders is so unrelentingly brutal, it can feel like a festive (Terry’s?) Clockwork Orange. Two disaffected young men co-opt fascist imagery (they salute “heil Hitler” to a group of older Germans on the train), attack women no matter their age on the street, rape, murder, mutilate genitals, act as voyeurs. It also ends with a return to a house seen earlier in the film, as a setting for a confrontation. The harmonica becomes pretty sinister. The film also has…
there is no religion without politics.
this is a film I would show to the Trump administration. I would show this film to the EPA. I don’t believe any American film released in 2016 and onwards should be seen as a product of these particular contexts, unless explicitly a part of the text or the development process.
But the themes ‘First Reformed’ explores - the immediacy of climate change, and whether we allow ourselves to merely stand by and allow…