Two Tildas for the Price of One – The Eternal Daughter

Two years ago, I railed against the wholly unjustified remake of Rebecca, the 1940 gothic mood piece that was Alfred Hitchcock's only film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It added nothing to the proceedings, wasted talented actors, and apart from the set design offered no new ideas to enhance the original's tragically unsettling … Continue reading Two Tildas for the Price of One – The Eternal Daughter

Severe Daddy Issues – The Son

Florian Zeller shocked the world two years ago with the cinematic adaptation of his stage play, The Father. Through clever editing, poignant dialogue, masterful set design, and incredible performances from Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins (the latter winning the Oscar for Best Actor), the film presented dementia in the starkest terms ever seen on screen. … Continue reading Severe Daddy Issues – The Son

Still Incredibly Sharp – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

The key to the giddy fun of the first Knives Out movie was in Rian Johnson's ability to play with genre conventions and whodunit tropes. Already established as the type of filmmaker willing to subvert even the most precious of fan expectations with The Last Jedi, Johnson used his pen and his lens to poke … Continue reading Still Incredibly Sharp – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

A Real Life – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

There's a beautiful complexity to Guillermo del Toro's new version of Pinocchio that few other filmmakers could have reasonably pulled off. I think it's because there isn't one direct element of this latest adaptation that commands attention as being the thing that sets it apart from all the others. It isn't just the high quality … Continue reading A Real Life – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

A Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man – Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths

Mexico's entry for International Feature is a curious one, mostly because it's very clear that the decision to submit it was down to the prestige of the filmmaker rather than the film itself. With a barely passable Rotten Tomatoes score of 60%, Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths relies almost entirely on the … Continue reading A Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man – Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths