The Lighthouse, a fantasy / drama / horror about two lighthouse keepers struggling to maintain their sanity while living on a remote, mysterious New England island is a movie that noticeably builds and builds; especially where the tensions between its two characters is concerned. It also becomes more and more intriguing, fantastical and has a permeating sense of dread as it plays, resulting in an ending that makes sense but also left me with some questions.
I definitely can’t deny overall that writer / director Robert Eggers’s 1890s set film is a good one. I enjoyed the cinematography, some of the dialogue and definitely the great performances by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. In terms of how I feel about Eggers’s movie in its entirety, for reasons that include the film’s genre (fantasy especially) and the general loudness based on the sounds and noises the two men had to endure; plus the inclusion of much of the less than sanitary / unsavoury aspects of being a lighthouse keeper in the 1800’s, I can’t say that I loved The Lighthouse.
Should you find yourself quite curious, give it a chance because it’s unlike most. It also has that stage play quality, likely due to the dialogue style and single setting. Who knows, you may just find yourself far more enthused by the whole experience overall than I was.
I know for sure that during the movie and when it was over, I desperately wanted to believe that the job and experience of being a lighthouse keeper these days is quite different; at the very least, far more sanitary.
Dolittle, the Stephen Gaghan directed fantasy / comedy about a physician (Robert Downey Jr.) who discovers he can to talk to animals has a brand new trailer.
Additional key cast includes Kumail Nanjiani, Tom Holland, Antonio Banderas…
Perhaps it’s the music. Maybe it’s Downey Jr. Wait! it’s got to be the animals, right?
What am I saying? Clearly it’s all three things that made me strangely emotional as I watched this trailer. Looking forward to being moved and seeing how different things might be if we really could talk with animals.
Also, I’m definitely really looking forward to Nanjiani as the ostrich.
Emma Thompson, Marion Cotillard, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Sheen, Jessie Buckley, Selena Gomez, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, and John Cena also star.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Steve Buscemi, Karan Soni and directed by Simon Rich, Miracle Workers is a comedy series set in the offices of Heaven Inc.
After learning that God has plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels bet him that they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet to save humanity…
Season 1 Trailer
Season 2 Trailer
I actually haven’t watched season one of this series but after seeing the trailer for season two, I’m interested. Especially in filling in the gaps between the seasons, since I rather like the humour in the second trailer; which also happens to remind me of the quite fun British comedy series Plebs.
Jon Bass, Karan Soni, Sasha Compère, Lolly Adefope, Mike Dunston, Theresa O’Shea, Caleb Emery, Joey Thurmond and Myles Evans also star.
Starring Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Eiza González and Milla Jovovich, Paradise Hillsis not the kind of fantasy movie that I’d shout about so that no one misses out on the experience of seeing it. Yet, I wouldn’t say that it’s a completely terrible movie either.
Set in a mysterious boarding school with a mission to transform wayward girls so that they fit heir surroundings’ exact desires, it was inevitable that some of the girls were going to resist and rebel. A rebellion led by Roberts’s Uma character because she has zero desire to marry the man her family insists that she does.
What grabbed me immediately about director Alice Waddington’s film, besides a plot about rightful youthful rebellion is the generally visually pleasing colours, costume and set design. Paradise Hills has a general look and theme that reminded me of Melanie Martinez’s recent K-12 (2019)music film. I liked that the movie became more disturbing in a way that proved entertaining towards the end. I’m also glad for the one or two twists I didn’t see coming.
A definite downside to Waddington’s movie however is that something about the fantasy elements of the story and the films general execution didn’t quite have me fully buying into everything that was happening. This is likely why I wasn’t as horrified as I perhaps should have been when the most disturbing things were happening.
I was still very much about the uprising and grateful for the thrilling moments in the second half. Yet there remained an air of ‘this isn’t at all real’ and that truth very probably made me that little bit less invested emotionally in all that was happening. In other words, everything I needed wasn’t there to make me fully immerse myself and get lost in the story.
With that said, watch Paradise Hills you’re really curious.