Exploitation melodrama mixed with African travelogue footage…not pretty but campy for how self-serious it plays. Obviously some producer obtained fairly typical African documentary footage(in vogue of that era) and shot a jungle film around it. Stiff regional acting, dubious National Geographic nudity, and the terrible gorilla suits certainly made me laugh. The boy howdy attitude & obviously cheaper than cheap production values were charming enough for me.
Elliptical yet bleakly realized—Twilight is the kind of film that’s images effuse existential notions of death, gloom, and the crushing vastness of solving a murder. I’m shocked that not many others have pointed out the repeated use of a very specific track from an 80’s pop stars album…it’s put to good use here but I was gagged when I finally realized where it was from. The director’s use of space and atmosphere is crucial—as the landscape of backwoods Hungary stretches on & on, the rain and fog, ever present.
Okay A24--we're done. No more of these half-realized genre pics, technical exercise, calling cards. May Under The Skin remain the only great film you've released(okay and Spring Breakers).
So what's wrong with Hereditary? It's cynical but not so obviously at first. The first half begins with quite an unexpected plot point and builds upon it with an eerie, grief felt, and almost at the edge of tears/laughter kind of atmosphere. It is refreshing that the film doesn't cheaply go for…
A24’s The 10th Kingdom
Lacks any sense of emotional element with any of its human or non-human characters. Just an ornate, auto-masterbatorial collage of “one-perfect shots”, polished and scrubbed of any texture or grit. It’s modern assumptions on the reality of the glories of medieval legends is obvious. Really slacking in the pacing department and then when we finally get to the typical fantasy/anthology film set-pieces, they lack any real sense of wonder. Never weird or sexy or provocative or thrilling. Bog standard choir score and all the forced & whispery performances one could take.
Just watch Conquest. You’ve been meaning to anyway.