Saturday, June 28, 2014
Riddled with guilt over the loss of his rock star older brother a16-year-old becomes obsessed with death, leading his misguided parents to send him to Driftwood, an attitude-adjustment Camp for troubled youths.
OK as a youth prison camp drama led by a corrupt and sadistic ex-marine, but the supernatural conclusion ruins it.
Two men, both hiding a deadly secret, are on a murderous rampage through the desert.
Above average thriller with two good lead performances, suspence is based mainly on their interactions, but the surprise twist ending is unnecessary.
Halliwell (no star): "An effective thriller, if you ignore its pretensions to say something significant about the human condition."
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
A little girl copes with her mother's death by withdrawing from all the people around her, waiting for her mother to come back.
Remarkable achievement for directing a full cast of children and telling the story from the little girl's point of viws, but ruined by a silly ending.
Halliwell*: "An unsettling film, partly because of doubts over the methods used to extract such an astonishing, emotional, tearful performance from its young protagonist, but also because of the harshness it exhibits - all the adults behave inappropriately - and its final lurch into banal fantasy."
Maltin**1/2: "Heart-rening, if unfulfilling, tale...Doillon, who also scrpited, truly captures life through the eyes of a child, but there's more emotion than substance, and the ending is a cop-out. Thivisol's amazingly performance is the film's greatest strength."