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Mrs de Winter meets her husband on the French coast while working as a companion for brash loud American Mrs Van Hopper. The two fall in love despite Maxim de Winter's life still being clouded in grief from the death of his wife a year earlier. They soon return to Maxim's estate, Manderlay where Rebecca's presence still seems to have a strange hold on the staff, visitors to the estate and especially her husband.
I would never had said I am a fan of the work of Daphne du Maurier but this is the second adaptation I have seen of her work that has had me completely gripped, the first being My Cousin Rachel. It begins with romance across the classes but at it's heart is a mystery, the mystery being the circumstances around Rebecca's death and why she still, even in death seems to have such a strong hold over the lives she touched. The costumes and settings are spot on and are all perfectly set for the setting of the story. I thought the players were well cast but non more so than Kristen Scott Thomas who steals every scene she is in as the creepy and domineering Mrs Danvers. I can't make any comparisons with the course material because I have never read it but as a period drama / mystery / thriller it worked very well and was very enjoyable.
Maud is a hospice nurse sent to look after Amanda, a once famous dancer who is now housebound and in the final stages of life. Amanda is desperate to hold onto the life she once had, partying with both men and women, drinking to excess, taking drugs and paying for whatever she needs. Having seen this life, newly devout Maud believes God has spoken to her and she needs to save her new patient by any means necessary.
Saint Maud is an interesting and memorable film but in defiance of the many reviews from critics that are claiming this is a new and exciting vision for horror I would have to disagree. That is not to say it is a bad film, you just maybe disappointed if you go in expecting a horror film in the traditional sense of what a horror film is. It's certainly unsettling and an interesting character study and will leave you with a memorable final scene but it's not terrifying as some critics have claimed. With regards to the horror genre, the closest thing I could compare it to might be something along the lines of The Wicker Man but even that is many leaps and bounds away from what this film truly is. It's almost the opposite of an exorcism movie, in that the saviour is the dangerous one not the one who needs saving.
A young woman and her boyfriend are heading to a remote farmhouse to meet his parents for the first time. The journey is cold, long and bleak and she finds herself doubting her relationship. When she reaches their destination she finds herself in some kind of bizarre memory time trap where details about events and people become confused, interchangeable and very very odd.
Charlie Kaufman is the writer and director behind this bizarre odyssey. I wouldn't say I have loved all of his work but Being John Malkovich was very enjoyable and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was a thing of sheer beauty. Therefore, I was willing to give his latest a go. I kind of wish I hadn't though. The most memorable scenes take place in the parents' home and although very strange and a little confusing, did keep me entertained and intrigued. The scenes taking place in the car are incredibly slow naval gazing efforts and I just wanted everything to end during these scenes because although relatively short they seemed like the longest car journeys ever committed to film.
I enjoy an occasional dip into the mind of Charlie Kaufman but this one went a bit too far down the rabbit hole.
The Titan is set somewhere in the near future where the Earth is dying and scientists have found a potential new home for us on Saturn's moon; Titan. The moon is currently uninhabitable to humans but they hope by messing around with genetics and human DNA they can push forward evolution to create a new being capable of living on Titan. Up steps military veteran Rick Jansen who volunteers to be the first evolved human to set foot on Titan and make way for the next step in human evolution to survive. However, as Rick begins to change he starts to suspect that the scientists behind the experiment have not told him everything.
This has b-movie written all over it but despite this I actually found it quite enjoyable. There is a decent story about survival and sacrifice plus there are some neat twists in the story of the central character as he evolves into something else, something he can't necessarily control. It's an ok movie, fairly enjoyable if you want a new piece of sci-fi. It would have made an excellent episode of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits and so perhaps feels a little over stretched as a movie but still worth a watch.
Quinn believes her late mother is trying to contact her and so seeks help from psychic Elise who is reluctant to help anyone due to tragic events in her past. However, when it turns out it's not Mummy trying to contact Elise but someone or something far more sinister, Quinn's father begs Elise to help and so begins another fight with those pesky demons who hide in the shadows.
I really liked the original Insidious movie, it was scary, had some decent twists and a good story. The follow-up was somewhat lack lustre unfortunately which didn't leave me with high hopes for this one. I was however pleasantly surprised. This movie is set before the events of the first one and works well for being a new story, unconnected to the family of the first two movies. It was very creepy and it's very rare that a film watched at home ever makes me jump but this one managed it, several times. There were certainly some decent shock jump scares and a well designed and thought out villain. Not a keeper but an enjoyable horror all the same.