Our in-depth look at M. Night Shyamalan’s early films continues with Unbreakable: perhaps the only mainstream Hollywood formalist film, a mass-market movie approached with an unrelenting European art film sensibility.
A return to this severely under-appreciated film, for its discussion of storytelling, interpretation, film criticism, artificiality, stylisation, interconnectedness – and whether stories can become real.
As so often in films, Louder Than Bombs is not a dissertation, but a meditation on its themes and motifs. Seen in isolation, words and deeds may seem unexceptional – it is as a whole that Joachim Trier film takes flight.
A Shyamalan enthusiast is struggling mightily to come to terms with the conundrum of The Happening, a split identity film that swings wildly between excellence, rampant quirkiness and unchecked hysteria.
«Homesick primarily plays on the unspoken. Dialogues are marked by pauses and silent tensions between characters. Most films increase their pace towards a climax, but in Sewitsky the pauses just grow longer and more pregnant.»
Before The Visit came M. Night Shyamalan’s early masterpiece The Village. Mismarketed and misunderstood as a horror movie, it has gained a following as a mood piece of pastoral beauty, intense emotion and stylised lyricism.
Signs offers rich allegorical subtexts of dreams, magic and the aliens as metaphors for the characters’ inner demons. We also chart references to The Birds, and analyse the masterful cellar sequence and the film’s ending.
Film fra sør 2017: Den iranske regissøren Mohammad Rasoulof nektes utreise fra Iran for å besøke Oslo med sin nye film Mannen mot strømmen, og i samtale med Montages utbroderer den viljesterke filmskaperen om sin situasjon.
«Her life as a mother dictated what spaces she would film in. Her feminist I takes place in the film, in the frame, behind and within the camera. Her installations are inhabitable, a shed of cinema to walk through and be within.»
Frem til The Immigrant har James Grays filmer vært satt i moderniteten, i det urbane. Menneskene har traska rundt i den siste tidas klær, bygg, asfalt, lys og rom. Likevel kan regissørens sensibilitet beskrives som distinkt umoderne.
Coen-brødrenes True Grit slippes på DVD og Blu-ray i disse dager, og vi har gleden av å presentere et intervju med den legendariske filmotografen Roger Deakins – om estetikk, fototeknikk og arbeidsmetoder.