Julia Ducournau directs a disturbingly delicious feminist cannibal indie film
Barfing, fainting and disgusting are probably the words that people used to describe Raw when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Although some might say it is, for the most parts, it’s not the disgusting gore fest you might have heard of. Not to say that it isn’t all those things but this French horror film works on a much deeper level. Raw challenges society’s views of female sexuality and fills its story with rich symbolism all while eating raw flesh.
It Comes At Night is eerie, emotional and an impressive sophomore film from director Trey Edward Schults
The horror genre has always been overlooked by critics. In the 1980s and 1990s, the preoccupation with entertaining teens took center stage instead of the craft and art that had made them so popular in the 1960s. The genre finally hit rock bottom in the 2000s seeming to never be touched ever again. Just when things weren’t looking good for horror, the genre went back to its roots and has now transcended beyond restrictions. It Comes At Night is the by-product of such experimentation. Its unconventional ways and its fearlessness to push boundaries would make Alfred Hitchcock proud. However, It Comes At Night also isn’t there to please its audience making it a daring, unpredictable and emotional ride.
Universal made big waves on social media when they announced their Dark Universe – for the second time. Universal has been wanting to get in the cinematic universe game for some time now with their monster movies. Dracula: Untold was supposed to be the first one but that didn’t work well. This time around, they have Tom Cruise. However, even with Cruise as the star, the Dark Universe will need some serious necromancing after The Mummy.
The DCEU badly needed a win and Patty Jenkins delivers big time
Female-led action movies are still having a hard time at the box office. Ghost In The Shell is the recent film to fall victim to such a pattern. These movies make significantly less than male-led action movies and are still considered a gamble to make. With the DCEU’s latest movie streak, they desperately need a movie both fans and critics can agree is good. Wonder Woman is not only the DCEU’s first good movie, it may also be this summer’s best superhero movie.
Ridley Scott continues to dazzle fans of the Alien franchise with a return to classic
The charm of the Alien franchise is that it can be anything. It follows suit with its beloved multifaceted creature – the Xenomorph. Alien was a suspenseful horror-sci-fi hybrid that was unlike anything before. Aliens was a full on action adventure movie that was loads of fun. Alien 3 was a shaky thriller that could have been better. Alien: Resurrection was a silly 80s-like action movie with too much on its sleeve. And Prometheus was a clear cerebral sci-fi with interesting questions. While shades of Prometheus are present, Alien: Covenant successfully merges Alien and Aliens to create an ambitious film that will please all sides of the equation.
While not as fresh as the original, Vol. 2 surprises yet again with great banter and new characters
The first Guardians of the Galaxy surprised almost everybody watching. With a bunch of new characters, it shouldn’t have been that great but it was. Marvel found a way to make the viewers embark on a journey they had no idea where the destination would be. Let me tell you, they found gold. I fell in love with the ragtag team made up of a talking raccoon and a big tree that only knew three words. They didn’t pave an easy way for Vol. 2. Despite it not being as good as the original, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still loads of fun, packed with laughs and over abundantly cute.
Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas deliver something you haven’t seen before
Another ghost story is not something the cinema world is in need of right now. The Paranormal Activity franchise has killed the genre, put it in a coffin and nailed the door shut forever burying it six feet under the ground. For director Olivier Assayas to dig it back up, there needs to be a fresh idea there. Not only is Personal Shopper a bright idea, its plethora of genres makes this a unique experience.