Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

Post 2000s Werner Herzog is something of an oddity compared to other directors. Whilst he has spent a large portion of his time making documentaries, such as Grizzly Man or Into the Inferno, he has gone on to make some rather strange feature films that have divided his long time fans. One of his most panned films would be 2016’s Salt and Fire; featuring Michael Shannon and Veronica Ferres. In classic Herzog style; S&F is a hard film to define, it’s sci-fi without any science and it’s thrilling but definitely not a thriller. …


British coastal towns in films always carry a sense of isolation and often find their characters drifting along the coast line amongst the inhabitants. Mark Jenkin’s recent film Bait had a lingering feeling of sorrow, loneliness and regret in which the setting of rural Cornwall definitely helped portray. Saint Maud, which was shot in Scarborough, is absolutely no different. Many people are, rightfully given the promotions, calling this film a horror; something reminiscent of The Exorcist or Carrie. …


Halloween is coming up soon and I’ve seen lots of people, including myself, creating Hooptober watch lists in preparation. Slasher movies are the most obvious staple for any horror movie marathon. Everyone knows Halloween, Friday the 13th etc but I’ve chosen some that I think to be hidden gems. Be warned these films aren’t exactly good in the traditional sense but they are all very enjoyable in their own right. Most are watchable on Shudder I believe as well.

Maniac

Maniac

Set in New York, Maniac is actually a pretty grim and dark slasher film. Throughout this film is this sleazy yet…


David Cronenberg released his psycho sexual sci-fi phenomenon ‘Videodrome’ in 1983. Failing at the box office it slowly became a cult classic, some would say a masterpiece. It has become a staple in the body horror genre; a genre that Cronenberg essentially birthed. Throughout the 80s and 90s he became a sci fi powerhouse. Releasing hits such as The Fly, Scanners and The Dead Zone; he rose to fame, alienating critics and audiences alike along the way. …


Paul Schrader is one of the most under appreciated people in American cinema. Whilst directors such as Scorsese, Kubrick and Carpenter receive critical acclaim and world wide recognition; Schrader often falls to the sideline, lurking in the shadows. Alongside writing such much loved masterpieces like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull; he has also directed some absolutely exceptional movies as well. Scathing existentialism lingers over his movies like a beautifully depressing spectre. Soul searching, the hunt for purpose and the idea of masculinity are common themes throughout many of his movies and First Reformed, his latest masterpiece, is no different.

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Oliver Parker

Writing about films mostly. https://letterboxd.com/oliverxparker/

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