A little behind on updating here, which is, sadly, par for the course. I've had two new reviews posted at http://www.besthorrormovielist.com/reviews/ in the last week - one for As Above, So Below and another for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.
"If you mixed Indiana Jones with The Descent and shot it as a found-footage movie it might feel a little like As Above, So Below..." [more]
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is one of those films that invites a lot of analysis. There are deliberate holes in the narrative, spaces in which any reviewer can simply deposit their own biases and interests. The gap between the intent of the creator and the understanding of the viewer is large at the best of times, but with a film like this it becomes an absolute chasm. Is it a feminist take on life in Iran? Is it a commentary on lost youth? What if it's really all about innocence lost, as represented by the 57 Thunderbird. What does the cat mean? Sometimes I watch a film like this, all art-school pretension and film-school virtuosity and have to quote Big Trouble In Little China, "Is it me or are we just stroking ourselves heavily?"
Not to say it's an empty vessel - there's plenty of good stuff going on in the film. I just sometimes feel like it was trying to be 'important' for its own sake, and not as part of any real message.
"In Bad City, where the citizens dump their inconvenient corpses in dry
riverbeds and rusty oil pumpjacks creak on the horizon day and night,
there is something sinister moving in the dim streets...." [more]