Under the Shadow is an internationally co-produced (UK/ Jordan/ Qatar) horror film that has been selected as the British entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. Set in 1980s war-torn Tehran during the Iran-Iraq conflict, it follows levelheaded mother Shideh and daughter Dorsa as they become increasingly unsettled not only by… Continue reading Under the Shadow.
Here’s what I have planned for this blog in the near future, in case anyone thought I’d given up on it. Video games: my ’20 Years of PlayStation’ series is still ongoing. Next on my to-do list are two of the greatest horror video games of all time, and two of my favourite games in… Continue reading Quick (or not so quick) Update.
Today of all days seems to bring out the people who suddenly have a lot more than usual to say about horror and what it ‘means’. The main word they throw around in relation to horror is ‘evil’ – because in the West, it seems, that’s all this rather broad term means to people. It’s… Continue reading A quick word on “horror”.
“You may be done with the past, but the past isn’t done with you.” Joel Edgerton’s The Gift is the latest in a string of impressive directorial debuts over the past year. My two favourite films of 2014, The Babadook and Nightcrawler were also the debuts of their respective directors, as was Ex Machina earlier… Continue reading The Gift.
“We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.” – Leonard Shelby Everyone has mental health issues. For as long as we humans are an emotional, fickle and mindful species who share the same world despite each being unique in our own way, we’ll experience differing psychological reactions to that world… Continue reading Portrayals of mental health in film.
It seems appropriate that The Water Diviner should get its UK release over the Easter weekend. A film for all the family, with a feeling of deep spiritual significance; it is one of the few truly conservative Christian-friendly recent movie releases. Even the most easily offended are unlikely to find something to hate about it.… Continue reading The Water Diviner.
“Do you know what ‘fear’ stands for? False Evidence Appearing Real.” Those who claim Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in Nightcrawler represents a career best for the actor are not exaggerating. For all the talent Gyllenhaal has shown in the past – not least in 2013’s Enemy, which also appeared on this list at number 21 –… Continue reading 14. Nightcrawler (2014)