It seems that the band Shining are going to capitalise on their notoriety in 2014 with a film release going by the same name. From what I can gather, the film’s creators are clearly going for the shock factor, much like the band’s main man himself.
Harmony Korine’s film Spring Breakers completely knocked my socks off. It’s a fascinating and scarily accurate take on modern society, down to the dub-step and references to double-penetration.
First, here’s my long review for The F-Word, in which I argue that there’s more to SB than bikini-clad ‘hotties’ and explain why, contrary to the opinion of others, the film does not reinforce rape culture.
My second review, for Rock’n’Reel Reviews, summed up the film’s greatness nicely.
Personal Score: 5/5
Something I wrote for the The Guardian last month. It was great coming up with the most sad and sick endings in film.
If you subscribe to the view that happy endings are too often used to satisfy audiences, there’s a good chance you’ll revel in endings that offer the complete opposite. Why conform to generating cheery satisfaction on a mass scale when you can leave audiences stunned, disgusted or bewildered? Some of Hollywood’s most powerful final scenes are also some of the most emotionally unsettling.
What are yours? Read the rest on the Guardian Film Blog.
Not too long after MacFarlane’s controversial stint hosting the Oscars ceremony, it was announced that his upcoming film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, would be including Sarah Silverman within the cast. Should be interesting…
Read my news story here.
Personally I find Nicolas Cage fairly uninspiring as an actor and becoming something of an internet joke certainly hasn’t helped his reputation, (or has it?). Still, I was set the task of putting together his five best movie moments for the Guardian readers. Enjoy!
Apologies in advance for leaving out NOT THE BEES! …
This short film, entitled Black Metal and directed by Kat Candler, will première at the Sundance Film Festival and is incredibly thought-provoking with a sharp, hard-hitting narrative.
The core issue that Candler appears to be exploring here really got my pulse racing. As one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented sub-cultures, metal (especially black metal) as a genre and community is frequently pinned to real life atrocities and this film depicts an example of such.
Through humanizing the front-man of a black metal band, the film conveys how society so often perceives and represents metal culture unjustly; as violent and harmful to youth. Simultaneously however, Candler manages to let the issues of music’s influential power and personal responsibility linger with the viewer.
Needless to say, I strongly recommend watching Black Metal when it becomes possible to do so.
For now, here is the trailer:
Director: David Michod
As instantly as the first scene, crime thriller Animal Kingdom sucks the audience in to a vortex of destruction surrounding one family.
We follow J who, after having no choice but to move in with his grandmother and three uncles, is exposed to their dangerous behaviour. Whilst the family unit teeters towards jeopardy, we attentively grip hold so to find out whether young J will adapt or crumble under the mounting pressure brought on by his elders. Will he eat, or be eaten?
The acting is convincing from the whole cast and Jacki Weaver’s performance as J’s grandmother Janine, or ‘Smurf’, is especially intriguing. The character’s relationship with her family is astounding; while maternal and protective on the outside, you only have to look into her eyes to see that she is completely detached from the harsh reality of their situation.
After the family’s downfall, this hard-hitting production ends just as ferociously as it begins and we are left to consider whether J really has become one of the pack.
Personal Score: 3.5/5