Wonderfully bonkers and beautifully made Cosmatos' follow up to the incredible Beyond The Black Rainbow is almost as good but it was always going to be difficult to top. A genuinely hallucinatory experience Cosmatos is a true cinematic visionary and whilst some may dismiss him as purely a stylist dealing in pastiche there is a truly distinct and original artist at work here. Excite to see where he goes next.
In many ways Blue Velvet is the gateway film for me. It is absolutely the film that showed me the light and made me realise that there was a world out there that was a million miles away from the mainstream American cinema that I had previously been exposed to. Somewhat bizarrely I have 80’s thrash metal giants Anthrax to thank for introducing me to this film and therefore setting me on the journey that has led to my career…
An astonishing film that absolutely pulled the rug out from under me on first viewing. Another film that seems to have disappeared with very little fanfare or press on it’s initial release. Gael Garcia Bernal is incredibly unsettling in this harrowing tale of a young man’s mission to connect with the father he never met (William Hurt also superb). Without giving too much away the final act of this film is devastating.