Posts Tagged ‘Britain’

Intense Style – Afterschool & Love Is The Devil

Posted 09 Sep 2011 — by Ezra Stead
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Ezra Stead

Afterschool, USA, 2008

Written and Directed by Antonio Campos

Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon, UK / France / Japan, 1998

Written and Directed by John Maybury

Afterschool is a chilling look at the effect of media saturation in the modern world. Today’s entry in the old Movies I Didn’t Get pantheon looks at two films made a decade apart that share one major unifying similarity, which is an abundance of visual style. Antonio Campos’s Afterschool and John Maybury’s Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon have very little else in common other than a similarly dark vision and the fact that each is the work of a single, distinct writer-director, but seeing them within about a week of one another, I was struck by how each of them create fascinating worlds through the use of highly unconventional cinematic techniques. In both films, the viewer is consistently thrown off-kilter by camera angles and distortions that create an intentional emotional distance, and at times even make it difficult (and therefore all the more intriguing) to see what exactly is going on in the edges of the frame that is our only window in. Read More

28 Days Later … – Breathing Life Back Into The Zombie Picture

Posted 30 Jun 2011 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Scott Martin

28 Days Later, UK, 2002

Directed by Danny Boyle

28 Days Later is definitely a must-see for any horror film fan.First things first: this isn’t a zombie movie. It’s a movie about people who become infected with a virus, and they look and act like zombies. Why isn’t it a zombie movie? Because, for the most part, that’s too silly for such a deadly serious story. Danny Boyle’s take on the zombie/post-apocalyptic genre proves to be the best of its kind, and it doesn’t have time for such fruitless entertainment. It’s here to thrill and make our hearts race, and break from time to time, and it does, probably because it’s not a zombie movie. Those have a tendency to not be that scary, but being infected and essentially made into an animalistic killing machine? That’s something to worry about for two hours, and, while this isn’t a zombie movie, it certainly provided a template for far too many to follow. With its fast-as-lightening “undead” and rapid camera movements, this film inspired the kick-ass fast zombies of Zack Snyder’s underrated masterpiece Dawn of the Dead (2004). Read More