"Blackcoat's Daughter" aka "February" has been sitting on my watchlist as one of the early A24 horror outings ever since it was first released. I guess being repeatedly told that it's the slowest of slowburns subconsciously turned me away from sitting down and spending time with it.
And honestly, the first half of the film was a bit of a struggle. A moody deserted Catholic school for girls in the middle of a dreary winter sounds like an excellent setting,…
A fascinating, if a bit pedestrian retelling of Hitler's rise to power.
Not in-depth at all in some parts (his early childhood and adolescence) and one-note and overly focused on other aspects (showing him as a full-blown psychopath from minute one). The absolutely stacked cast and fantastic production values certainly do help things, but occasionally the early 2000s TV nature of it all rears its "ugly" face.
Yet, it does serve as the perfect illustration to its own opening quote…
My own curiosity got the best of me with "Better Days".
I've heard of the troubled release of this film, I like the leading actress Zhou Dongyu, films focused on social issues of modern China interest me and the few early ratings here on Letterboxd are all 4 stars and above. So, even though my intuition was warning me like crazy, cause it's a very mainstream movie, the main leading actor is pretty much a Chinese Justin Bieber and the…
I've enjoyed the previous 3 films in the Ip Man series. When I heard that a 4th one was going to be made, even though it felt like a cash-grabbing venture, I still got excited about seeing Donnie Yen reprise the role for a final time. Little did I know that this fourth film would be just as much a weapon of nationalistic propaganda as it is a way to earn some quick cash for its stars and crew.