Chicken Run is a horror film.
Words @ RogerEbert, Sojourners, Christianity Today, Short Stick, Third Coast Review
“I don’t need a break. I need a story.”
Monolith thrives in mining its single location setting for all its existential and horrific worth. Even when the shots rarely deviate from its only on-screen actor Lily Sullivan simply reacting to the stories being told, it’s bone-chilling as Benjamin Speed’s score and Sullivan’s tortured reactions compel your mind to graft horrific and fleshly visuals to the words uttered. Sullivan commands the screen for the entire 94 minutes, playing an unreliable narrator whose…
So grateful I could interview director Sean Durkin about this film. First part of my review / interview with him below:
“Faith, family, and football.” That’s how my family friend replied when I asked him to describe the culture of Texas, where he lives. “Depending on the time of the year, the order of importance changes,” he further quipped. Replace “football” with “wrestling,” and the same can be said for the Von Erich family, as depicted in director Sean Durkin’s…
“I want to do the imagining …”
It may just be the ~emotional and aesthetic~ landscape I’m inhabiting since this is the first thing I’ve watched post the Glen Workshop, but amidst the pink and panache, there’s a meditation on the burden of creating, and how our imaginations are in so many ways limited by the tools we have at our disposal (and how there’s…
“You want to control people, you tell them a messiah will come.”
In Dune: Part Two, power is the slow blade that penetrates the shield of good intentions. Upon the shining and bright sands of Arrakis, Denis Villeneuve crafts one of the most depressing blockbusters to date. It’s a tragic epic that mourns when self-preservation mixes with triumphalism & fanaticism.
More thoughts to come (look out for a forthcoming piece from Think Christian). For now I’ll say: I knew it'd be…