24 Exposures – Billy (Adam Wingard) has carved out a niche for himself by staging gruesome murders of beautiful women and photographing them. Naturally, this stirs a sexual attraction in him, I wonder what Freud would have to say about that. His girlfriend, Sophia Takal, has quite the open mind and goes along with it, but a disillusioned detective, Simon Barrett, doesn’t and brings Billy under investigation for a series of murders. Written, directed, and edited by Joe Swanberg, who seems to be churning them out fast and furious these days, and in limited release from IFC Midnight. Aatsinki: … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.24.14
Some movies start with a bang, others lure you in to their worlds with craft and precision. Before you know it, you are just as paranoid as the characters. Anything could be lurking around the corner, over your shoulder, and no one is who they says they are. The mistake we as an audience will make is that we believe whatever the characters tell us. We can be easily duped. Side Effects lure us into a very tangled web that will eventually ensnare us.
Compliance is the second feature from writer/director, Craig Zobel. It is a movie of faceless authority and how helpless we can be to it. Right out of the gate, we are told that it is “inspired by true events”. The events that this story pulls from are specific but also stand-in for greater and more expansive events in human history. I just wanted to help out. I was just following orders. I just did what I was told. Excuses we tell ourselves to absolve us of our actions. Compliance is not a film of entertainment, it is a film of propaganda. Not one … Continue reading COMPLIANCE