Very, very occasionally, a movie like Moonlight will come along, a movie which renders the practice of film criticism pretty much moot. How do you put into words the experience of watching something so sensory, an experience which almost seems to transcend language?
It’s a movie that is not overt in its brilliance, so after first viewing it’s natural to wonder why, exactly, it is so good. Why is it so affecting? There seems to be something going on beneath the surface, some method of delivery director Barry Jenkins is employing to elicit such a strong emotive response in his audience.
Moonlight is the story of Chiron, a young black man growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami whilst coming to terms with who he is, and who society expects him to be. The story is told in three parts, chronicling three stages of Chiron’s identity; as a…
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For all its Lovecraftian horrors, Frank Darabont’s 2007 adaptation of Stephen King’s novella The Mist is actually a film about power and the terrible consequences it can have for both those that wield it and those that follow them.
2017 will not only see the tenth anniversary of Darabont’s film but also the release of a new television series based on the same source material. But before we get the chance to revisit that terrifying depiction of the end of the world, we will first witness the beginning of Donald J. Trump’s presidential career, an event many believe will be apocalyptic in its own right.
Stephen King wrote The Mist at the end of the 1970’s, a decade fraught with strife and anxiety. In those past ten years America had lost a war, watched a scandalised president resign, and suffered double-digit unemployment and crushing economic hardship. Camelot had fallen and…
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