115 posts categorized "Transgressive Cinema"

November 14, 2023

SAM NOW

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ColeSmithey.comDocumentarian Reed Harkness follows his half-brother Sam on a life-altering odyssey to find Sam's mother Jois, who inexplicably abandoned her family when Sam was 10-years-old.

Reed's home movies of his younger sibling provide dynamic background for the film to crescendo into an emotional knock-out that takes the viewer by surprise.

There's a lot to ponder after the credits close.

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What begins as a deeply personal coming-of-age adventure, evolves into a macro-micro study of the generational effects of abandonment.

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The narcissism that Jois inflicts on her family is laid bare in all of its ugly nature.

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25-years in the making, "Sam Now" is a terrific documentary certain to stir lively discussion among its fortunate audiences.

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It may be a bitter pill, but this brilliant movie conveys things that only documentary Cinema can capture and express.

Reed Harkness's innate sense of editorial restraint is impressive.

Not Rated. 87 mins.

5 Stars

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November 05, 2023

NIGHT GAMES — SHOCKTOBER!

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ColeSmithey.comMai Zetterling began her film career acting in Ingmar Bergman's "Torment" (1944), before switching from acting to directing after moving from Sweden to London to pursue her craft.

With "Night Games" (1966), which she co-wrote with her then husband, British novelist David Hughes, Mai Zetterling matches Bergman's filmic sophistication on every level of filmic storytelling.

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This is filmmaking at its finest.

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This thoroughly original work of social satire delves into the heart of childhood traumas, while taking sharp aim at '60s era European sensibilities around free-love and the narcissistic values of the bourgeoisie. 

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Jan (Keve Hjelm) brings his fiancée Mariana (Lena Brundin) to his childhood home, a wealthy mansion estate full of horrific memories and rich furnishings. Jan indoctrinates Mariana into his debauched upbringing. Flashback sequences detail the atrocious actions of Jan's mentally unstable mother Irene (Ingrid Thulin).

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Freud's oedipal complex takes center stage in Jan's ambitious attempt at reconciling sins of the mother by annihilating all that her sexual abuse and wealth had created.

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Jörgen Lindström, the young actor from Ingmar Bergman's "The Silence," and "Persona," is the film's empathetic center as Jan's boyhood version.

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"Night Games" retains its ability to shock viewers after over 50 years due to Mai Zetterling's intuitive ability to dig equally into the male and female psyche, while keeping a pure artistic metaphoric vision. This is the gift of liberation that Mai Zetterling gives her audience.

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At last Jan and Mariana are set free to grow their relationship in fresh soil.

Amen.

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Side note: If I'm not mistaken, "Night Games" is John Waters's favorite film!

Not Rated. 105 mins.

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IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS — SHOCKTOBER!

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ColeSmithey.comJohn Carpenter's 1994 finale to his Apocalypse Trilogy is a no-holds-barred blitzkrieg of horror that will have you watching the movie a second time just to confirm that you did indeed see what you think you saw.

Following trilogy predecessors "The Thing" (1982) and "Prince of Darkness" (1987), "In The Mouth of Madness" follows insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neil).

Trent's assignment is to solve the disappearance of Sutter Cane (think Stephen King), a horror novelist who has gone missing before turning in his latest manuscript to his publisher.

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Cane's books are suddenly inspiring their readers to kill.

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Axes are nasty weapons.

Publicity stunt? Perhaps.

Mass murder and mass suicides accompany the monsters that rise up in this prescient if overlooked horror movie.

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Madness is the prevailing theme at play; John Carpenter runs with it as far as the imagination can reach.

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Get out the popcorn, and prepared to be scared, or even scarred.

Rated R. 95 mins.

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