John and Ella Spencer sally forth on an impromptu geriatric road trip bound for ‘The Ernest Hemingway Home’ in Key West, Florida (between Miami and Cuba), in their RV named The Leisure Seeker.
Author: Chas Farrow
A man who likes films so much… He married one.
Deserted Island Movie Collection: Undoubtedly has to be the collected works of Arnold Grossman, in particular the 2015 film ‘The Boat Builder’ starring Christopher Lloyd.
Best Movie Snack: Roasted Coconut. Wait? Are we still on the deserted island?
I often try to imagine what it would’ve been like for the audience who first saw The Exorcist at the cinema in 1973. I wasn’t born then, but it is well documented that the film generated intense reactions, even mass hysteria. A palpable fear that resonated deeply with its audience and sent a gurgle through the collective unconscious of the age. Hereditary is probably the first horror movie I’ve seen at the cinema that has a comparable sense of dread. It’s certainly the most chilling and psychologically disturbing film I’ve seen in over a decade.
Director Philip Gelatt’s They Remain is a horror movie, that sadly, in spite of a strong build and bucketloads of potential, fails to drench the audience with its much-promised fear.
In Times of Fading Light is an intimate, slow building portrait of a family of German communists, during the tumultuous, typically jubilant period of German history when the Berlin Wall came down.
Dexter Fletcher took over from Bryan Singer to direct Bohemian Rhapsody, and whilst it remains to be seen whether the film will ‘rock you’ or ‘bite the dust’, it seems set to be filled with the kind of raunchy, unadulterated chicanery you’d expect from a Freddie Mercury biopic.
With the growing critical reception around Annihilation (2018), based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel, and other recent semi-surrealist triumphs like David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) and Del Toro’s The Shape of Water (2017) – a surge of interest in the weird fiction genre is happening, which some critics have even dubbed ‘A Weird Renaissance’.
Fans of the Godzilla franchise who are eagerly awaiting the latest installment in 2019 will be excited about the rumours surrounding the gold, three headed icon King Ghidorah, who is set to make a come back.
You know that feeling when you go to the cinema by yourself? There’s a group in the row behind gossiping mindlessly. You had arranged to meet someone, who cancelled, now you are alone. The empty seats beside you take on a further quality of distance and isolation. The whispering voices of others synchronise with your own subconscious fears. Then the film starts.
Abracadabra is screening as part of the 21st Spanish Film Festival in Australia, which is looking to be a fantastic event, with a variety of interesting films to showcase, an opening night gala and afterparty with Torres wines, tapas and live entertainment, and closing with Oscar winner Guillermo Del Toro’s Spanish masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth (2006).
Rampage is undoubtedly the most idiotic film of the century. But…
In the junkyard of films you’ve already watched, and the backlog of recommendations one never seems to have time to sift through, some movies seem to rise from the wasteland with the more time that passes, and they cement themselves as monolithic precedents of the best of the genre – one such film is 2012’s horror-comedy, Grabbers.
Pacific Rim Uprising is a surprisingly competent sequel to what is essentially an over intellectualised apocalyptic ‘robot versus monsters’ movie.
Petra Biondina Volpe’s The Divine Order is a converstation starter, and a film with a touching sentiment at its core, but it leaves a lot of open questions and evokes the uneasiness of modern identity politics, by shying away from the complexities of our own age.
With imagery as powerful and as alarming as Pink Floyd’s film The Wall (1982), the trailer for Fahrenheit 451 is a breath of fresh air, in a climate of political staleness in contemporary film.