By Brian D. Johnson - Friday, April 5, 2013 - 0 Comments
By Brian D. Johnson - Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM - 0 Comments
Opening this week are two very different movies about killing. Stoker, a diabolical thriller about a toxic family, is an acquired taste. The Gatekeepers, an Oscar-nominated documentary about Israel’s war on terror, is required viewing. Both explore the banality of evil.
If you want to replace the grey winter chill with something closer to the marrow—a bright, cold shock of beautiful cruelty—you might consider Stoker, an ultra-stylish horror movie for those who can handle a frisson of incest and like to see their blood splattered with sparse, painterly precision. Stoker marks the English-language debut of Korean filmmaker Park Chan Wook (Old Boy, Lady Vengeance) whose refined sadism has made him a cult favourite, and prize winner, in Cannes.
Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) stars as a privileged young woman named India, whose world is shattered by news that her father has been killed in a car crash on her 18th birthday. Uncle Charlie (Matthew Good), a mysterious man she didn’t know existed, shows up the funeral, acting strange and far too pleased with himself for someone who has just lost his brother. Before long, he has enchanted India’s unhinged mother, Evie (Nicole Kidman), while pursuing her anxious daughter with predatory gleam in his vacant gaze. Directed like Hitchcock on acid, Stoker unfolds from the teenager’s point of view as a perverse coming-of-age story, while Goode, who bears a marked resemblance to Tony Perkins, plays the crazy uncle as if channelling Norman Bates. But as the sexual tension heats up in this incestuous love triangle, it becomes clear that Uncle Charlie is not the only one who’s crazy. The whole family is psycho. Continue…
By macleans.ca - Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:56 AM - 0 Comments
Brian D. Johnson on what to see — and what to rent
By Jessica Allen - Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM - 0 Comments
Both Bilbo Baggins and FDR are portrayed with panache, but the movies? Not so much.
By Brian D. Johnson - Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM - 0 Comments
VIDEO: Brian D. Johnson reviews Life of Pi, Rise of the Guardians and Silver Linings Playbook
Film critic Brian D. Johnson reviews this weekend’s openings, Life of Pi, Rise of the Guardians and Silver Linings Playbook.