A Nightmare on Elm Street – Samuel Bayer
Michael Bay’s new horror studio Platinum Dunes has been churning out the horror remakes in the past couple of years with the likes of Friday the 13th etc. ‘Nightmare’ continues the trend of turning a classic franchise into a glossy new movie filled with beautiful people and emo kids instead of the dorky kids usually found in the Freddy franchise. Don’t think yours truly has become a complete cynic – the movie isn’t that bad. It has some really nice visual flourishes courtesy of music video director Samuel Bayer. Freddy is on screen far too much to be really frightening but Jackie Earle Hayley still does a great job as the iconic villain. Overall, there is a ridiculous overuse of jump scares in an otherwise un-scary movie. Go see Nightmare on Elm Street out of curiosity if you’re a fan of the franchise. Otherwise steer clear.
I Am Love – Luca Guadagnino
Tilda Swinton has become known to western audiences as a somewhat domineering presence from her roles in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Constantine. In I Am Love, she plays the wife of an Italian heir. Bored and disillusioned with her place in the wealthy Italian establishment, she enters into a passionate affair with her son’s friend. Predictably it doesn’t end well for her, as her character spirals out of control. Personally, I found the film to fall short of the ‘Masterpiece’, as it has been hailed by many critics – although it is beautifully made, with many cinematic trademarks of the Italian masters such as Antonioni on show here. Aesthetically the film is beautiful, with credit given to cinematographer supreme Yorick Le Saux. Maybe this reviewer isn’t a sucker for melodrama but I felt a lot of the emotional scenes lacked any punch. It was all a bit false. Otherwise, it was a splendidly crafted film – and worth seeing for just that. See it for its technical swagger, not its otherwise cold story.