VIFF Review: ‘The Lighthouse’ is on a journey into madness and it’s taking you with it

The Lighthouse / VIFF 2019

Robert Eggers has made two movies now. Both with predominantly natural light, both with a confident eye and camera, and period set using actual dialogue from sources contemporary to said setting.

The man has a style, is what I’m saying. But whereas The Witch was a good old fashioned horror movie about a family terrorized by their own inadequacies and also a witch, The Lighthouse is something different altogether. It’s a chronicle of two men descending into madness, tortured by their utter solitude but also each other’s persistent company.

It’s tense, it’s absurd, it features two powerhouse performances, it’s overwhelming, and it’s an absolute must-see.

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‘Seven Sisters’ trailer + posters: Noomi Rapace plays a whole family

It’s the near future and because overpopulation has started to triple the planet the government has outlawed having siblings. And by “outlawed” I mean to say “they’ll maybe kill your extra kids”. This poses a problem for Willem Dafoe when his septuplet granddaughters are born. Let’s take a look.

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Trailer + Poster: Gaze upon Poirot’s glorious moustache

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express is one of the most famous murder mystery stories ever so I’m actually kind of shocked that they haven’t remade it sooner. It’s here now though, with a cast of thousands of famous faces and a really terrible song choice. Let’s watch!

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‘John Wick’ Trailer + Poster: Don’t Mess With Keanu’s Dog

John Wick

Keanu Reeves loves two rings in this movie: his sweet ride and his sweet puppy dog. Then Alfie Allen comes along and takes one and kills the other. Too bad for him it turns out Keanu Reeves has a degree in ass kickery with a minor in shooting people in the face.

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Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson is a film maker with a distinct voice. He tells stories with emotional cores and often tells them using characters that don’t always seen to want to, or even know how to, express those emotions and sets them in a world that is just over the border into absurdity and littered with all kinds of fine detail, interesting colour palettes, and now stop motion.

Basically he crafts a whimsical world and then populates it with non-whimsical people.

In any event, The Grand Budapest Hotel may be his best film yet by virtue of the fact that it’s probably the most Wes-Anderson-y film he’s made to date, but in the best way possible.

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Review: Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace is a movie that, on paper, looks like it should be amazing. Christian Bale, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, and Zoe Saldana are all talented actors and Scott Cooper’s previous film, Crazy Heart was a solid effort which earned it’s lead actor an Academy Award.

That’s on paper though. Unfortunately if you’ve seen a trailer for Out of the Furnace then you will not be surprised by anything that happens in the movie. In fact, even if you haven’t seen the trailer you won’t be surprised by anything that happens in the movie.

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Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer + Poster: The Most Wes Andersony Wes Anderson Film Yet (Not A Bad Thing)!

Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson makes a certain flavour of film. I like to call it “Wes Andersony” because he’s the only guy that makes that particular flavour. The Grand Budapest Hotel appears to be the most Wes Andersony film yet. Let’s watch!

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Out Of The Furnace Second Trailer + Poster: It’s Definitely Awards Season

Out of the Furnace

The first Out of the Furnace trailer made sure you knew everyone that’s in it and that they are all great actors. The second trailer make sure you know that as well as the set up of the “hardworking everyman sets out to find his messed up younger brother” storyline. Let’s watch!

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