A sun-baked idyll about two young sea monsters on the Italian Riviera, Luca is easily Pixar’s most intimate and laidback effort since Ratatouille. Though it’s less sharply crafted and endearingly odd than Brad Bird’s film, Luca is also a low-stakes entry in the Pixar canon. Possessing only a fraction of the studio’s trademark emotiveness and none of the grandiose conceptualism of, say, Soul, Enrico Casarosa’s film feels like a throwback to one of Mark Twain’s rollicking picaresque sagas, with Luca (Jacob Tremblay) and Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) as fun-loving fish-monster equivalents of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
In the Conjuring universe, the reality of God, the devil, and malevolent demons is taken for granted, and mediums, exorcists, and seances are treated with stone-faced seriousness. The franchise’s heroes, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, may have been flashy showmen prone to self-serving exaggerations in real life, if not outright charlatans, but as played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, they’ve been transformed into earnest, good-hearted warriors against the dark forces of evil in this world. But behind the…
A seriously unhinged movie. The majority of shots are framed in decorative cut-outs. Everyone looks slightly (or much more than slightly) insane. Pola Negri gives an endlessly GIF-able performance, and I want to go back in time and hang out with her and be her friend. This is usually described as a satire on militarization, but, honestly, it's way too off-the-rails to be constrained by any one meaning. Bandits. Skulls. Wild mustaches. Sex. Proto-psychedelic sets. (The sets are actually like…
In order to free themselves from this curse, all Poles have to do is say that terrible things happened in our grandfathers’ or great-grandfathers’ generation and shed a tear over those who were killed. That’s all.
Where Aftermath turned Jan Gross's Neighbors--about Polish complicity in the Holocaust and the nation's refusal to own up to its anti-Semitism--into blunt-force drama, Demon takes the same theme and plays it as absurdist horror-comedy. The wedding guests as Polish society: They just…