In the fifth episode of Film Magistery the subject is eternal love. As the reference is used Darren Aronofsky's beautifully shot film The Fountain (2006). Is love truly eternal, and is it the hidden knowledge just beyond our perception and physical reality?
Blog: January 2017
While we're waiting for the next episode of Film Magistery let's listen to the great song from Darren Aronofsky's film The Fountain.
I really like watching horror films, but unfortunately it is one of the film genres that are really, really hard to master and thus make a good film. However, 2016 was a quite good year for the poor genre. These are the horror films from the previous year I enjoyed the most.
- The Witch 9/10
- I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House - 9/10
- The Girl With All the Gifts - 7/10
- Under the Shadow - 7/10
- I am Not a Serial Killer - 6/10
- The Neon Demon - 5/10
The Witch (2016), directed by Robert Eggers.
The eerie music, the atmospheric feel and the mystique. Everything works almost perfectly here: the sublime cinematography, the gorgeous production design, the cast and the mesmerizing mise-en-scene. It is so hard to witness the plot on screen, and it's a gut-wrenching experience to watch this marvelous film, but you want to watch every second and every detail of it.
The Witch has set a hole new standard for the horror genre. No, this is not a horror film. It is not a thriller nor a supernatural gore. It is a great film work made the way this kind is supposed to be made. A pure art.
People don't write a lot of personal letters in 2017, but Whit Stillman's Metropolitan shows us that was apparently the case in 1990, too.
I was impressed by the beautiful cinematography by Aldo Scavarda, but I wasn't all pleased by Antonioni's too laid back and sloppy direction. And not to mention the technical parts, shadow of the camera in many sequences, too obvious lighting and very poor sound dubbing (a particular Italian treat from the past).
Still, there is something very captivating about 'L'avventura'. Antonioni is best when his characters are alone, doing jovial or unusual things, making grimmases.
The first act of the film is most interesting, especially because of the dialogues on the boat. Later, it gets a little boring, as if Antonioni wasn't too sure which way to go. Also, the plot is somewhat dull, idiosyncratic and underdeveloped.
I cannot hide that I am somewhat disappointed. I guess, I expected much more.