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The Blackcoats Daughter (2015)

AKA February
Director: Osgood Perkins
Starring: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly, James Remar. USA. 1h 33m

After an influx of “The Exorcism of [insert name here]” movies, Osgood Perkins hits back with an edgy and slow drifting art house approach to the saturated possession genre that insists on it’s audiences full attention; as it pulls them through a mid winter drama filled with tense dark undercurrents that chilled the cast before filming and has made it’s fans think and overthink the terrifying and mind bending finale.

Perkins struggled to get the film released despite it being loved at many film festivals, but after a change of name from February to the more sinister Blackcoats Daughter. Something which sounds like it came from an old rhyme or has a deeper historic meaning but it simply doesn’t. It’s these little touches which helped to confuse the audience and adds to the films mystery, Perkings does analogise that the blackcoat could be a priest or the devil, both have often been credited for dressing in black but he just simply liked the sound of the words together and it’s up to his audience to make what they will of it. Perkins has a talent for creating deeper mythologies within the narrative of his film projects and allowing interpretation, while this openness could be seen a wild genius, it can also become grating Continue reading The Blackcoats Daughter (2015)

Manny

 

Duration 5.06
Dir: Adam Rosenberg /USA/2009

Link : http://www.mradamrosenberg.com/

An eerie stop motion short from American filmmaker Adam Rosenberg, argued to be very similar to a short called Crooked Rot from David Firth, but as much as it had a similar creepy feeling to it, the message and sentiment is entirely different. The film starts out with an innocent looking mannequin head. Nothing too strange about that. Then a peculiar $1 appears and all hell breaks lose

y personal take on the film is that a person no matter how innocent can become corrupted by money and greed and that in turn it does indeed change a person dramatically. As soon as the money appears “Manny” changes in order to pursue it, the dollar  gets ingested and goes up in smoke possibly an indication to how long the wealth lasts. The head is emptied and the mouth silenced, the Manny has now become a slave to the wage,  one of the mindless single voiced consumers, as soon as the money is gone the “Manny” changes again, wanting to speak out it gets engulfed in flames.. The poor rarely have a voice..

It’s a cold and unnerving tale that could be interpreted in many ways. This is obviously just my take on it, obviously a great favourite as it’s dark accompanied by uneasy soundtrack and made me think Adam seems to have a lot of black humor about him and an impressive catalogue of work under his belt already, someone to look out for, although don’t expect too much like this, as the style had changed dramatically but still very surreal.

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R:9/10

Kisha