FAVORITE FILMS are my favorite viewings of last year.
Hell yes. Italian Neorealist horror. Didn't know it was out there and I'm so glad to have it. The opening scrawl gives credit to the ethnographic research upon which The Demon is based, and which is also precisely what makes it neorealism. The authenticity of the rural Italian townsfolk is as strong here as it is in Bicycle Thieves or Stromboli, and so their religious panic and ensuing violence is all the more palpable for it.
Under the duress of…
It was distressing to discover how quickly Barrett's mental dissolution came. His post-psychedelic insanity is notorious, but I always assumed it was gradual. Not according to literally everyone. One day he was Syd, the next day he was changed, so that cautionary thing about doing too much acid is apparently not bullshit.
I was also surprised to learn just how many Pink Floyd songs are about Syd Barrett. A good rule of thumb is that if you think it could be about Syd, it is.
Tender Mercies feels like an 8 hour movie reduced to its most poetic moments. There are worlds and events and lives surrounding it, but we're living on the fringe of it all. That's not to say there aren't pivotal dramatic events, but there's something about the expanse of sky, whistling wind, and passing cars that gives everything an ethereal feel. It's practically dreamlike. It reminds me of No Country for Old Men in many ways. Not just the land of…
This is the most convincing descent into Hell I've ever witnessed. Yes, I'm only just now getting to it. What's even more embarassing is that I saw the remake and the prequel to the remake in theaters when I was in high school. My ex-girlfriend loved horror so that's where I would take her to make out and half watch the gory whatever going on. So I was exposed enough to the story that I felt prepared for this. I…