Mia Wasikowska

Crimson Peak Review – Deliciously Macabre

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After the blockbuster bombast of the Hellboy series and Pacific Rim, the question was raised of whether or not Guillermo del Toro could translate his mastery of dark fantasy into English. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of the finest modern examples of the genre, and whilst Crimson Peak is not quite as good, it answers the above question in the affirmative with style. At the same time, it also shows that 19th Century literature can make for thrilling cinema, as long as there’s a visually ingenious director at the helm. Influenced by everything from Jane Eyre to Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, with a little bit of Sherlock HolmesCrimson Peak is not only a fantastic film in its own right, but also an exciting revitalisation of an old-fashioned sort of storytelling.  (more…)

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Maps to the Stars – More than an Indictment

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In a particularly memorable moment in Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder’s seminal deconstruction of Hollywood, Gloria Swanson’s Norma Desmond intones the iconic line ‘alright Mr DeMille, I’m ready for my close up’. In David Cronenberg’s new semi-satire of that very same town, however, no one is ready for any sort of close up. Linger on the profoundly disturbed and disturbing characters of Maps to the Stars for too long, and it is doubtful that you’ll see anything good. As is his wont, Cronenberg has created a cast who manage to make an audience not just uncomfortable with the world of the film, but also within their own skins. No other director manages to make the human body look quite so unpleasant to inhabit, and it is this visceral disgust combined with a disconcerting psychological element that is almost guaranteed to leave an audience feeling uneasy long after the credits roll. (more…)