|05.13.17||Amazon Instant||Man, so tense. I remember the gore in this being so surprising and realistic that the whole crowd at Fantastic Fest roared. Seeing it now here at home... some of those scenes play in silence! It makes for quite a different experience in that regard. The movie holds up though... (although I think I still like Blue Ruin more. I don't think i'm going to watch that tonight though so my Macon Blair triple feature ends here). A solid performance from Anton Yelchin too... although Imogen Poots' haircut... yeesh.|
|09.30.15||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2015|
My day ended with an encore screening of Green Room, the festival's audience favorite film. This was getting dangerously close to overhype for me, enough so that I had started to actively avoid or dissuade talking about it until I could see it. I really liked Blue Ruin and pretty much knew I'd like this too, but I didn't want to go into it gauging it against unrealistic expectations.
I think that worked for the most part. I couldn't help but immediately feel that I still like Blue Ruin more (I'll have to give that another viewing to see) because of a few very minor details at the very end of the film, but for the most part this is a tight, constrained film that does what it intends to very well and never drags for a moment. All the performances are great, the script assumes we aren't idiots, and the action/gore is superbly realized.
This is my favorite gore of the festival. It's what I like to call "realistic gore," in that there's no rivers of blood or anything but when violence does occur it feels like we get every ounce of horror out of that violence. Nothing's dumbed down for the camera. When speaking with Grant I was trying to come up with another director who was really good at this but all I could think of was David Lynch. I think the Coens also do this very well.
So yeah, this one is incredibly solid. Like I said, other than a few very minor details at the end (with Macon Blair's character), I liked everything about it.