Wild At Heart (1990, dir. David Lynch)
I gotta say, I was kind of disappointed by this one. Maybe because I didn’t expect a comedy, but in the end, I think, it would have worked better if it were more of a comedy, actually. It could have been Lynch’s “Raising Arizona”—it would’ve worked wonderfully. And in a way it is, but too little, and often not intentionally so. Kind of like the less-than-great parts of Twin Peaks (which, one should add, came out at about the same time this film did). This leaves the film as a very superficial love story with cardboard cut out characters with a big dash of Lynch’s surrealism. And some gratuitious violence, which was the most interesting aspect of the film, together with the villains, which were the best aspect—Willem Defoe is mesmerizingly creepy and hilariously entertaining at the same time—but their screentime is unfortunately rather short. What would’ve also made the film much better is if Lynch hadn’t just dropped the intriguing secret-organization subplot he introduced and never mentioned again somewhere halfway in. The screencap shows the mysterious organization’s insignia.
Winter Games in Full Effect
The Zubrowkian National Winter Games (sponsored by the Grand Budapest Hotel) began with a bang! Cast members like Willem Dafoe have also broken out their cold-weather gear to join the fun, enjoying all that winter in Zubrowka has to offer.
The insane amount of detail that went into the fictional country of Zubrowka and its history is put into great display in The Grand Budapest Hotel’s promotional material, like this ZubrowkaFilmCommission Tumblr, or most of all, the vast and beautiful Akademie Zubrowka website.
Fantastic featurette on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and its story, featuring interview bits from Wes and the cast, and behind the scenes clips.
"The Double" Theatrical UK Trailer
A surreal noir comedy based on a Dostoyevsky novel, directed by Richard Ayoade ('Submarine') and co-written by Harmony Korine’s brother. So excited for this. (Also, the previous teaser trailers are all well worth a watch, as each is unique and fantastic in its own right.)
"Under The Skin” - Full Theatrical Trailer
I’ve already loved what teasers I’ve seen so far. But this exceeded all of my expectations; wow. Mesmerizing, visually stunning, and seducingly mysterious like its main character, played by Scarlett Johansson in what is apparently going to be the strangest role of her career. It looks like an effective mix of David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick, and I really hope that the film is going to live up to this tantalizing, amazing trailer and the teasers before. I’ll definitely make sure not to miss it when it hits theatres to see for myself.
Imagine we are sitting in an ordinary room. Suddenly we are told that there is a corpse behind the door. In an instant, the room we are sitting in is completely altered: everything in it has taken on another level; the light, the atmosphere have changed, though they are physically the same. This is because we have changed… This is the effect I want to get.
A wonderful video essay by the Criterion Collection examining the bleakness and bittersweet melancholy found in so many Christmas movies, focusing on three lesser known films: Mon oncle Antoine, My Night at Maud’s, and A Christmas Tale.
Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby poster
By Roslaw Szaybo, 1990