Midnighters isn’t always consistent, but it’s undeniably fun
When approaching a self-proclaimed Hitchcockian thriller, I proceed with caution. When you make me expect a Hitchcock-level thriller, you better deliver and many times they often disappoint. It’s a bold move to take for your directorial debut, and while Julius Ramsay’s Midnighters is far from the Hitchcockian masterpiece I was hoping for, it’s still a fun and easily accessible little thriller filled with surprises.
Darren Aronofsky’s message is clear and a little too loud
Let me start by clearing out some confusion. No, mother! is not a straight-forward horror film or the home invasion thriller it so perfectly markets. With that said, it’s by no means an easy film to market. Darren Aronofsky’s latest film is his most ambitious and daring yet, even for him. Working on a purely metaphorical level, Aronofsky is able to craft a horror film so different, it will surely have casual movie-goers walking out of the theatre. However, as a critic and a fan of these types of film, mother! is at its best when delivering its harsh message even if it often seems self-assertive.
Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas deliver something you haven’t seen before
Another ghost story is not something the cinema world is in need of right now. The Paranormal Activity franchise has killed the genre, put it in a coffin and nailed the door shut forever burying it six feet under the ground. For director Olivier Assayas to dig it back up, there needs to be a fresh idea there. Not only is Personal Shopper a bright idea, its plethora of genres makes this a unique experience.