"Possum" must be the closest thing to a feature length Thomas Ligotti film currently available. It's got all the major staples of a Ligotti story, from the uncanny puppet design almost straight out of "My Case for Retributive Action", dreary decrepit environments, moody atmosphere filled with mystery and dread, horror as symbolism, and a protagonist with a permanent frown on his face. By adapting these traits to the screen Matthew Holness sets up an engaging horror story, unfortunately the film's…
Watched the 2 hour festival/screener version. The footage of the band throughout the film and the fascinating story of Swans/Michael Gira makes for a great watch for any fan of the band; however, the last act of the film about the latest incarnation of the band seemed to lose a bit of focus in the story telling. Hoping that the longer cuts of the film include more on the Angels of Light/Young God era.
Recommended for all fans of the band and anyone interested in extreme/experimental rock music.
For Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River is a superbly atmospheric, and wonderfully directed film. From the abandoned city at the beginning of the film, to the seedy nightclub, Lost River's world is consistently oozing with a gloomy mystery.
Within some aspects of the film Gosling's inspirations are clear, such as the Refn inspired soundtrack of ambiance and synth with often neon-on-dark cinematography; however, the styles are pulled off wonderfully with enough originality that paves the way for Gosling's future as…
Steve's unpredictable relationship with his "mommy" is definitely a rough one, so when the tense, and often emotionally brutal freak-outs occur, it makes the bonding scenes that much more heart-warming. Props to Xavier Dolan and the cast for creating such a nicely filmed emotional journey that is also quiet refreshing in both it's approach to the subject matter, and some interesting film techniques.