they/them. sometimes maker of subconsciously invasive (and horny!) video art and trouble.
if you can get past the initial half hour of serviceable yet not terribly exciting police procedural stuff there’s plenty of unhinged, skillfully executed nastiness herein.
once all of that’s out of the way, this just commits to being a thoroughly unpleasant and frequently wacky sicko phantasmagoria and from that point on it’s a goddamn delight.
not convinced that its transgressions - of which there are many, so bring a strong stomach - amount to anything productive but as a…
classic Hooper cocktail in the sense that it’s often (very) pretty and idiosyncratic while also being frustratingly muddled, narratively speaking. this isn’t always as much of an issue as it is here but this nuclear-age offering either needed a little more texture or an additional dose of personality to really make waves.
always something to look at either way but can’t help but kinda wish that it was more satisfying in the end. essentially it’s got all the brown acid ambience of the director’s best work with a lesser understanding of pacing and engagement, which leaves it merely being “fine”.
Lynne Ramsay understands children. By setting her marvelous debut in Glasgow during the national garbage strike of the mid-1970's, the writer-director ensures that not one of the city's wayward youth has it easy. Many grow up too fast, become sexual deviants, and treat those who refuse to mature at their inappropriately rapid pace as playthings. Such is the case with James, the endearing protagonist, who in spite of all the grime and cruelty of the times is able to look…
This is a fine example of too much muchness if there ever was one. I admire THE WAILING's ambition, which is to successfully balance all at once old fashioned murder mystery thriller with dopey cop comedy, heart-wrenching family deconstruction drama, and freaky occult horror story but it bites off way more than it can chew and doesn't quite stick the landing on any of them, which is a problem. It's also unnecessarily overlong at over two and a half hours,…