Every The Green Knight movie is a Variety editorial of modern classic and 80% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Independent directors are independent directors who shoot outside the studio dictate, as the soul commands, as the perversion commands. Already these guys remember that in the Middle Ages, fairy tales were needed to intimidate the little ones, because you cannot mold an exemplary sinner from a scared child in a pissed-off bed.
Puritans do not recognize passions, except those that are allowed after the wedding, and Robert Eggers with “The Witch” and Matteo Garrone with “Scary Tales” willingly climb into the territory of the occult intoxication and bloody grotesque of the Baroque era. There is plenty of room for tickling nerves outside of medieval game. Solstice – psilocybin, ritual sex and Scandinavian pagans. “Lighthouse” – turpentine, senile farting and Lovecraft. “Crimson Peak” – Gothic, ghosts and a Victorian style of hopelessness.
“The Times They Are A-Changin,” sang Bob Dylan. The words are obvious, but this is how it is: times change, modernity revolves in the coffin, while all your “post” and “meta” are glue neither to the village, nor to the city, nor to the repose. Hollywood right-fighters are drowning in paperwork, Scarlett Johansson chasing Disney attorneys through the courts, and A24-scale offices quietly sawing solid indies and grabbing film awards while sipping juice in their neighborhood.
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David Lowry, author of the paranormal melodrama “A Ghost Story”; and the retro biopic “The Old Man with a Gun” about an elderly bank robber (Robert Redford; how good you are!), Walked the same winding path. The director is know for his love of non-verbal narrative; when the story is tell not by the lips of the main characters; but by the hands of editors, sound engineers and cameramen. We can sacrifice the verisimilitude of a lyrical scene for the sake of a juicy picture; in the style of an old crime movie. Making Rooney Mara choke on blueberry pie mixed with tears for five minutes is always welcome. Under Lowry’s supervision, the formless acquires tangible features, and the shaky manages to be bring under the foundation on which His Majesty Cinema stands: fewer words, more camera.
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