RSS feed for Darren

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Pinned reviews

More
  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.

    A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Werckmeister Harmonies is a film of constant symbolism and allegory. It is the greatest philosophical and political allegory since Sátántangó, another film by master auteur Béla Tarr. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's most exciting film (although Sátántangó remains his best) because it's the most brimming with ideas. Adapting the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies more than matches the quality of the masterful original text. The film is more implicit in some ways, taking the dense metaphorical nature of the novel but…

Recent reviews

More
  • The Man Who Laughs

    The Man Who Laughs

    ★★★★

    Silent Summer

    The Man Who Laughs is a melodrama tinged with horror. The opening act is filled with some of the most disturbing imagery of the silent era, as we see iron maidens, hanging bodies, and ships in the fog, all presented in an abstract way. A boy is deliberately disfigured. The terror of this prologue is the peak of the film and in a sense it never tops it. Though the remainder is still solid. The Man Who Laughs…

  • A Cottage on Dartmoor

    A Cottage on Dartmoor

    ★★★★½

    Silent Summer

    Running for freedom. A Cottage on Dartmoor is unexpectedly disturbing. It is a film of stunning depth, so intimate that it takes us inside the mind of an obsessive man. We feel his jealousy and madness. The power of montage and suggestion is so strong that it provides an intensity few films have ever had. A Cottage on Dartmoor is a very visual film, relying on few intertitles, even as it adopts a flashback structure. There are direct…

Popular reviews

More
  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    ★★

    SPOILERS ahead, but I would recommend reading this review regardless.

    This was my own personal hell. I was actually very excited to see Weathering with You. Makoto Shinkai is a mixed director at best but his work was certainly improving over the years. Two of the friends I most trust for anime recommendations told me this was great. I even almost went to the English premiere. Boy am I glad I didn't. I hated this film. I was fine for…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    You cannot follow or understand The Lighthouse, you watch for the experience. It starts silent, with an old style Universal logo, and then enters a free-fall into madness.

    The horror in The Lighthouse comes from how little we know. There's a series of small hauntings that grow, but never once are we afforded an explanation. The real and unreal are shot indistinguishably, forming a truly perplexing nightmare. 

    With skies of foggy grey, The Lighthouse is squalid, shit-stained, and rain-soaked. It's…