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The stop motion is by far the highlight of CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981). Going into this movie seeing it was rated G, then instantly watching a living woman and her child stuffed into a coffin and thrown out to sea made me question everything I think I know about socially acceptable content. Of course, G or R were really the only rating options back then, unless you worked in the porn industry. Maybe the rating system had a slow year or a shake up in their leadership when this was being rated. Whatever the case, the movie was in epic Grecian adventure. It was also a little inconsistent, using modernized sensibilities (except for the rating) to display the people, heroes, gods and monsters. Modernly Westernized (yes, I know Greece is a Western country) in the gods' inconsistency with both Grecian and Christian characteristics, especially since Christianity was not influential on Greek culture during this time period - unless it was these aspects of Greek culture that were influential on Christianity - that's possible. And then if you're going to go modernized, the women had a little bit of that 60s & 70s liberation movement in Andromeda, the hero's love interest, but all the other main women were evil or just plain mean. Even after all this time, though, the Harryhausen animation is a fine watch and these days it'd take some major studio balls to put that kind of effects in a major production. A giant vulture carrying the gilded spirit of a woman to a swamp where she is tortured by a physically devilish man is creative.
LET THE CORPSES TAN is stylistic, very much in the vein of 70s action. It has abrupt plot changes. Sometimes it's like the audience in suffering the heat of the desert, sometimes it's like watching an art film. It's not that weird. I had no problem tracking who's who and what's going on. That's a smoother ride than some. It's mostly the arthouse style and shoestring budget that gives it its flavor.
BEFORE I FALL isn't bad. It's a lesson about how one character can use infinite days to hash out teenage problems and learn how to be a better person. Mean girls can be people, too, if they try.
Showing the horrors of Chernobyl is different than showing a horror movie taking place at Chernobyl. And that's the difference that wreaks most of the premise of this movie. As for more recent movies, Annihilation comes to mind when thinking about a better horror movie about an landscape altered by some disaster. Thinking about the natural world reclaiming an irradiated landscape really fires the imagination. Then CHERNOBYL DIARIES comes along and gives us that landscape but only uses typical horror fare to do it. It would've been a greater credit to the place if the movie would've taken some more chances with the story.
IT FOLLOWS has a somber tone. The music nicely enhances the mood and the actions, working like a tapestry or almost part of the set pieces for being so solid on its own. Everything feels so natural in this film. Its like we're going on a journey with the characters rather than simply watching and hearing everything explained in front of us. This is worth watching a couple times, not for any mystery but for execution.