Oldboy: The Daredevil of Vengeance

Fans of Daredevil may find that Oldboy is just as stylish, although far more intense. More realistic and unforgiving in his storytelling, director Park Chan-wook delivers a graphic hard-hitting action-thriller.

The second installment in The Vengeance Trilogy, Oldboy primarily focuses on revenge, with elements of romance. Park occasionally presents moments of black humor, although these moments lessen as the film fully embraces its serious tone. Combined with neo-noir style cinematography and thrilling fight scenes, Oldboy becomes a daunting tale of vengeance and atonement. Continue reading Oldboy: The Daredevil of Vengeance

‘The Lighthouse’ Delivers Bizarre Art-Horror

Robert Eggers’s second feature film, The Lighthouse, proves that he’s a director to keep an eye on. Robert Pattinson plays Ephraim Winslow, a man who travels to a remote island to work as the assistant of an aged, eccentric lighthouse keeper (Willem Dafoe). The two men spend several tense weeks alone, keeping the lighthouse until a disastrous storm strikes. The Lighthouse is packed with intense acting, surreal imagery, and having been shot in 1.19:1 aspect ratio, it is a claustrophobic descent into madness. Continue reading ‘The Lighthouse’ Delivers Bizarre Art-Horror

“Oh, You Are Sick!”: An Eraserhead Review

Released a little over two decades ago, Eraserhead is David Lynch’s feature film debut and the beginning of a filmography both wonderful and strange. Set in a grimy, industrial town, it tells the story of Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) a young man who finds himself in a tumultuous relationship after his girlfriend has given birth to their child. After a long night of listening to their child cry, Spencer’s girlfriend leaves him to watch over the sick, mutant baby. At its core, it’s a film about fatherhood and the struggles and fear that come with it, but Lynch’s approach results in a nightmare fueling film unconcerned with the conventions of traditional storytelling. Eraserhead is a prime example of what makes Lynch’s films great — it’s shocking and innovative in its storytelling, visuals, and even sound. Continue reading “Oh, You Are Sick!”: An Eraserhead Review

The American Hero: Harriet Hits Theatres

Unlike Steven McQueen’s film Twelve Years A Slave and Toni Morrison’s literary novel Beloved, which cover the horrors of slavery, director Kasi Lemmons’ biographical drama Harriet showcases the powerful freedom fighter Harriet Tubman in a way that is accessible and emotionally invigorating. The film portrays Harriet Tubman’s (Cynthia Erivo) escape from slavery and the dangerous missions she led to free hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad. Minimalist cinematography paired with an emotionally intriguing score, and grounded performances capture the power of this heroic figure. Continue reading The American Hero: Harriet Hits Theatres