Review: ‘The People We Hate at the Wedding’

This may sound very old-man-shouting-at-the-clouds, but when did comedy diffuse itself into pretty horrible people enmeshed in uncomfortable situations abetted only by dialogue comprised of witty quips and abrasive reactions? That seems to be the shift of ‘funny’, and Claire Scanlon’s The People We Hate at the Wedding deals in this modern cache of comedy completely. If it’s not the most apt title for a … Continue reading Review: ‘The People We Hate at the Wedding’

Review: ‘Aftersun’

In the midst of flailing bodies on a strobe-lit dance floor, Sophie (Celia Rowlson-Hall) reflects on a summer vacation with her father (Paul Mescal) that took place years earlier. Lucky for us, her remembrances aren’t infused with the same splintered visual aesthetic that has trapped her, almost motionless with sadness. Instead, Charlotte Wells’ magnificent Aftersun almost feels too personal for the way in which it … Continue reading Review: ‘Aftersun’

Review: ‘Young Plato’

We all have that one teacher that stands out as a guiding figure in our formative years, whether they served as an emotional crutch or a source of newfound knowledge and inspiration. Now imagine that person having to navigate the lives of young boys in Northern Ireland and reconcile that land’s troubled history of violence. That’s the situation Declan McGrath and Neasa Ni Chianain’s documentary … Continue reading Review: ‘Young Plato’

Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘A Life on the Farm’, ‘Attachment’, ‘Lynch/Oz’

Is it simple luck or does the adage that we make our own luck apply to the thin barrier between notoriety and anonymity? What creates a David Lynch or a Harmony Korine while the weird humanity of someone like Charles Carson (or thousands of others) is lost in the film (tape) strip abyss? Whatever the cosmic algorithm, perhaps Oscar Harding’s documentary A Life on the Farm … Continue reading Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘A Life on the Farm’, ‘Attachment’, ‘Lynch/Oz’

Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Everyone Will Burn’, ‘Deep Fear’, ‘The Antares Paradox’

It seems every horror film nowadays has to be tinged through the lens of trauma. David Hebrero’s Everyone Will Burn takes that concept to wicked places, mixing in folk horror and telekinetic violence for good measure. If the film doesn’t quite completely escape its derivative nature, it does get points for trying. And it looks terrific. Taking place in a small Spanish village where an … Continue reading Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Everyone Will Burn’, ‘Deep Fear’, ‘The Antares Paradox’

Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’, ‘Amazing Elisa’, “Unidentified Objects”

If a theme emerged in the opening night of Austin’s 2022 Fantastic Fest, it’s the manner in which young adults deal with grief and the general ugliness of the world. Whether it’s a cramped Japanese city on the verge of fear from a roaming serial killer or a perfectly manicured homes in Spain where an intruder has the tables sexually turned on him, both films … Continue reading Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’, ‘Amazing Elisa’, “Unidentified Objects”