It Follows (2014)
It’s always fun when you come across a divisive movie — “which camp are you in?” It Follows is one of those. Some say it’s an instant horror classic, others that it’s slow, boring, unscary, and can’t even follow its own rules. I’m not qualified enough as a horror viewer to claim the former, but nor do I hold with the latter.Read more here.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Humphrey Bogart is private dick and consummate bullshitter Sam Spade in this (re-)adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel, considered the first major film noir.Read more here.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
I kind of didn’t want to like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl because I didn’t want to fall into the obvious trap of “this movie totally gets me because I love Criterion editions too!” But I thought it worked in spite of those pandering affectations. Or maybe I just couldn’t resist them on a subconscious level? In some respects it doesn’t matter how it achieved it: the film wanted to make me feel a certain way, and I did feel that way — success.Read more here.
Tale of Tales (2015)
If you can stomach the contents, there’s a quality cast, and the locations, production design, and cinematography are simply gorgeous.Read more here.
Also this week, I was given the Mystery Blogger Award. You can read more about that here:
More next Sunday.