The Babadook

A perfect blend of sound effects and editing zapping you with an enormous “boo”. Jennifer Kent’s debut as a writer-director is a monstrous call for attention. It is surprisingly one of those few horror flicks that I have encountered that fully uses every aspect of filmmaking in one direction. It channels everything to one simple…

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Broken Embraces

Penelope carries rage, vulnerability, humility, humour and pain in just those two eyes, maybe that’s why they are always looking down. The writer and director Pedro Almodovar’s Shakespearean tragedy is extremely Shakespearean. There is unnerving phase of practicality that you cannot escape. And for that reason it is also a horror for me. There is…

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Stoker

Mia is so absorbing without uttering any words that the screamers were bound to mourn alone in the corner. The director Chan-wook Park’s family drama looks like Hamlet-esque but behaves oddly nothing like it. So all the thinking gets out of the window. And I mean thinking as in the morally questioning situation that the…

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The Lighthouse

The long non-blinking, unflinching enactment of the monologues warps you back to the theatre and you are in one. Eggers offers a sense of vulnerability. That is his gift. Now let’s look at the premise itself. No matter how beautifully and brilliantly will it be wrapped. It certainly would leave you depressed at the end…

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The Visit

Who’d have thought that the background score would be the actual hero. I love the entire look of it. M. Night Shyamalan, the writer and director’s film is a joy to behold. Filmed through a documentary lens, Shyamalan’s to-the-point direction is actually beneficial this time. Some would and does argue to those plot points that…

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Life

Ry-Ry and Jakey-Jakes reporting for duty. They shouldn’t have. Daniel Espinosa, the director has a pretty simple pop culture vocab. It ought to suck the viewers in and leave none the wiser. The simple beings will whirl merrily around the cheap thrills and the smarter ones exhausted and also mildly depressed by the “entertainment” clause…

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