Nicolas Winding Refn’s neo-noir Bangkok gorefest Only God Forgives has been dividing critics and audiences alike since it got booed by some of the less impressed guests at Cannes. With potent western tendencies, sly nods to surrealist cinema as far back as Un Chien Andalou, and oppressively-soundtracked dream sequences to make the most seasoned Twin Peaks aficionados cream themselves, it’s hard to ignore. Love it or hate it, there are a few lessons we can learn from this darkly violent acid dream.
US ex-pat Julian Thompson (Ryan Gosling) is smuggling drugs in and out of Bangkok from his boxing club when older brother Billy (Tom Burke) is killed by the father of the girl he raped and murdered. The act is overseen by Lieutenant Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm), known to the local police as the Angel of Vengeance,…
A further insight into neon lit criminal underworlds and psychotic mothers…
One boy’s obsession with living another life turns into an emotionally wrought game of wits and writing as he attempts to outfox his ambitious teacher in this funny French flick simmering with sexual frustration. Masterful performances from the younger cast members and a fitting third act make In The House one to watch if you’re after something that doesn’t have explosions in it.
Ryan Gosling dazzles us more by not smiling, ever.
Originally released in France in 2010, Alain Corneau’s psychological thriller aims to be a nasty little chamber piece centered around the sadistic office politics employed by a high-flying business executive. Regularly punishing her administrative assistant in public and private, the relationship between the two comes to a head as Love Crime takes a sharp detour midway through the film and struggles to find its feet.
We’ve got a sponge and a warming bath right here, is all we’re saying.