Tag Archives: UK

Wake Wood (David Keating, 2011)

Its messy final third aside, which substitutes thoughtfulness for bone-headed xeroxes of scary-kid film tropes and threadbare CGI gushes, this film inverts The Wicker Man’s rural United Kingdom terror (the luddite community of the titular town are mostly kind and … Continue reading

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Never Let Go (John Guillermin, 1960)

Obsessive desire is written on the faces of all the characters in this unpretentious British film. The teddyboy’s (Adam Faith) pugilist-ugly mouth worries itself into squishy confusion at not being quite smart enough to take the bird (Carol White), with … Continue reading

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Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2009)

The tectonic pace; the cryptically sparse undialogue that hints at collisions between nature and religion, and collusions between religion and civilization; the gorgeous sound design that (literally) amps up every zephyr of wind over the crags, every creak of wood … Continue reading

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28 Weeks Later (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 2007)

One of the paradoxical strengths of this film’s superior predecessor was painting its villains as cartoonishly evil: depth of characterization is lost, to be sure, but what is gained is a progressive reading, whereby the armed forces can be seen … Continue reading

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Overlord (Stuart Cooper, 1975)

Part Imperial War Museum archival documentary, part impressionistic meditation on mortality, part traditional war narrative, this film really is like nothing that came before or, one thinks, will come after. Its gestation–director Stuart Cooper and cinematographer John Alcott tried obsessively, … Continue reading

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Gumshoe (Stephen Frears, 1971)

Is it any wonder that a man (so marvelously portrayed by Albert Finney), living in a drab flat emboldened by the green and white spines of Penguin crime, would leave one life, where the smell of the greasepaint barely covers … Continue reading

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Triangle (Christopher Smith, 2009)

The phenomenon of déjà vu–already seen–is used when one talks about narratives like this. Without encouraging it too much in those whose experience with this surprisingly economical film has been limited to word-of-mouth or come-hither glances, suffice it to say … Continue reading

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Hardware (Richard Stanley, 1990)

Earth of the future in this film is swathed in suprasensory production design: every fictional product looks like it tastes metallic, and every stray scrap of steel sounds as familiar as the keys jingling in our fists feel. And just … Continue reading

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