Her was beautiful.
The Director of Photography deserved to get an Oscar, even though he didn’t.
The design of the whole thing was incredibly well thought through, from the fashion to the technology to the room design. Everything was solero pink or a pale grey. Shanghai makes for a good future LA.
It’s technically science fiction isn’t it?
Scarlett Johansson’s voice and Arcade Fire.
Joaquin Phoenix’s high-waisted trousers and his silent memory flashbacks.
Raised many questions about a society’s relationship with its technology. Surely an OS can produce its own art using its own subjective viewpoint. What would happen if an OS wrote and published a book? What would happen if it produced works of art and became an artist in its own right?
How would legal things work? Could you get married to one?
What would happen if an OS malfunctioned? Is that essentially death? Alzheimer’s?
What if the society put an OS in a position of political power?
Self-justification for watching illegally online: hard to come up with anything valid - feel kind of terrible for doing it
I saw this today - this evening in fact, when the moon was out and vampires could roam. And it was, as expected, very good. For some reason I hadn’t really watched much of Jim Jarmusch’s work (other than Dead Man of course, though I hear Bill Murray in Broken Flowers is brill - must watch), I think because most of his stuff was coming out in cinemas as I was coming out of the womb so he never really registered with me much. If you see a picture of him you’ll see he has the same sort of photogenicity as David Lynch, but with an overall sponginess to his skin?
Anyway, the film was a kind of arthouse vampire romance starring Hiddleston and Swinton (Adam and Eve). Adam’s a rockstar but he doesn’t want his music played, you know, because he doesn’t want to be seen as mainstream, and Eve is this Orlando-esque figure of beauty and serenity who can read a book in minutes and can tell something’s age just by touching it. They’re in love. Then Mia Wasikowska turns up and ruins their lives.
It’s quick, it doesn’t feel it has to explain itself, it’s full of literary references and jokes (John Hurt plays an undead Kit Marlowe) and it’s just a welcome break from every other vampire film of the last ten years. It doesn’t even play up the vampire side much - simply wallows in the cool waters of eternity for a bit. It’s nice just to be in their world, if only for two hours.
Horror films bore me now. Probably because I watched too many over the years, probably because a lot of them are the same thing reproduced just to make money, probably because modern horror is not that great at the moment. I haven’t watched one in a long time - maybe Wolf Creek a couple of weeks ago? - and I find myself just devouring independent films or just watching classics that I’ve never seen before. I’m seeing Only Lovers Left Alive tomorrow - is that a horror? Probably not, but we’ll see. I know this is a horror blog, so sorry if it just turns into a shitty general film blog, or if I never use it again or whatever. Deal with it - or unfollow me - or get off tumblr and go outside to simply fade into the sunshine. Die happy.
And then I thought about making another blog dedicated to the weirdest stuff on the internet, like Satanic cult forums. But then I started to think about how strange it is that we like to group our interests together, to catagorise them into something that other people can see and appreciate, and how we now use the internet for this. Surely for a lot of people Tumblr is a kind hobby? I don’t know how to feel about that. I use the internet all the time and I still don’t know how to feel about it.
great author, great book, great director, great actor, great poster, great weather today, great coffee I just had
illuminating / indecipherable
Hi Tumblrs, I wrote a sort of introductory piece about MR James for the Impact website if you’d care to read. It’s alright, not great - I misused the word ‘infamous’ and have only just realised.
New trailer for the second season of NBC’s Hannibal - this is not the intelligent psychopath you are looking for. Anything with a Mikkelsen is frankly unmissable - did you see his brother in Sherlock? They’re both insane
Trailer’s out for Only Lovers Left Alive
Another thing to watch. Except there’s no Tarantino in this one… But he’s off doing The Hateful Eight with Waltz and Bruce Dern. So no complaints really.
F-u-c-k, Godzilla looks great. So this is what Gareth Edwards has been doing for four years. Mothra had better get a cameo
My top 5 horror television shows of 2013 for the university magazine - it’s difficult to know what to write for this horror blog sometimes, so I just resorted to a generic countdown… will try for originality next time
Happy 60th you extraordinary gentleman
(This is the only time that I wish I had an iPad…
why can’t they just release it as a book?)
Mayhem Horror Fest day 4
Wake In Fright (1971) was a bit of weird one - you’d struggle to class it a horror of any kind, but it had a certain atmosphere… It’s set in the small towns of the Australian outback, so the first half was quite nice, but then the kangaroo killings started - I realise the footage was taken from an actual hunt, but it’s hard to like a film that features real killing for entertainment.
Painless (2012) was a brilliant piece of Pan’s Labyrinth-style allegory set at the time of the Spanish Civil War about a group of children who ‘do not know pain’. Develops in some unexpected ways.
In Fear (2013) was every Englishman’s sub-conscious nightmare - getting lost in a maze of dark country roads. Very, very good, terrifying and tense.
The Unknown (1927), Tod Browning’s silent circus-freak romance, was live scored by 8mm Orchestra. It gave the film a completely different tone to other versions - great experience.
Big Bad Wolves (2013) finished the night (after the Quiz of Fear), the new film from the Iranian directors behind last year’s Rabies. Pretty cool torture/black-comedy thriller - easy to see why it’s Tarantino’s film of the year.
Mayhem Horror Fest day 3:
The Demon’s Rook (2013) was a prosthetic miracle: full of demons but no CGI whatsoever. It was a good time, though most people were falling asleep (Friday’s films ended at 1am).>
Kiss of the Damned (2012) felt like an extended perfume advert for fans of True Blood, but retrospectively it was actually pretty impressive for a debut.
The Borderlands (2013) was brilliant! The scariest thing I’ve seen in years, about a pair of priests/miracle-busters sent to a small church to investigate a claim and it all starts going pagan. Sort of found-footage because they set up cameras all over the church.
Scary Shorts was like a mini-festival on its own - 10 or 11 short horror films, some hilarious, others deadly serious (and probably the worst for it). Favourite was Fist Jesus - a Spanish language parable of Jesus bringing Lazarus back from the dead as a zombie and having to team up with Judas to stop the apocalypse.
The Machine (2013) was some good, original British sci-fi about artificial intelligence programming in the near future.
Lifeforce (1985), the Tobe Hooper space vampire thriller (pictured), was fun at most. Patrick Stewart possessed must be seen.