Welcome to another rendition of the Fridanoodle Film Club (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). In the age of Netflix and streaming, there is something special about seeing a film on the big screen. I don’t go often, but I have in the past month been twice, first with a good friend to see Crimson Peak, and recently with Greg to see Spectre.
I had not even seen the trailer for either of these films, but went purely on the actors (Mia Wasikowska and Lea Seydoux ♥ ) and of course the Bond-factor. I am not going to review Spectre properly as people who dig Bond will see it and people who don’t won’t. I can say it was a great film. I really liked that it begins during a Dia de Los Muertos festival, I enjoyed Leas performance, but nothing can beat Skyfall. What it lacked was not digging deeper into huge reveals about Bonds past and also his future.
Crimson Peak is set in the early 1900s, and follows Edith (Mia Wasikowska), a young aspiring writer and daughter to a wealthy man. After losing her mother at a young age she discovers that she can see ghosts, and focuses her writing on these type of stories. Unfortunately her feminine handwriting reveals her to potential publishers and she is not taken seriously, which only fires her rebellious spirit. When a handsome stranger, Sir Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) arrives for business with her father she is quickly swept off her feet. Tragedy strikes and she agrees to leave with this man to live with him and his over-bearing sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain), in their family estate in England. Upon arrival Edith senses something is off, the house is dilapidated, red clay used for brick-making bursting through the ground into the building. She soon discovers it is haunted and sets out to uncover the history of the family and the house.
Honestly this is not the best movie I’ve seen this year. I enjoyed it, but despite not even setting high expectations (I had read it was Del Toro’s “Mars Attacks”) I still was left feeling a bit empty. The story was a bit predictable and it wasn’t actually that scary. It may be The Walking Dead binge I was on over summer but I didn’t find myself as scared as I expected to be. I am definitely easily scared but more from anticipatory music and jumpy parts than CGI ghost and ghouls, and after the first couple scary experiences I started to relax, never a good sign for a horror film. I did find Mia wonderful as Edith. I had seen a brief interview with Del Toro where he mentions that Edith is very driven by curiosity rather than fear, which is very true. She is put through some really horrifying things, but instead of turning away or running she seems more driven by each event to seek answers.
What I liked about the film once I got into the mindset that it was meant to be an over the top gothic-romance, the parts that could be seen as tacky or ridiculous made sense. The clay which Sir Thomas’ family land is filled with is the brightest of red, and it truly gloops down the walls and up through the floor boards. The bizarre sibling relationship he shares with his sister Lucille starts to make sense, and a newly found pet dog adds humour to spookier scenes. I also fell hard for the costume design, especially Edith and Lucille’s extreme wardrobes. The rich velvets, high collar ruffles and layers of fabric created a gorgeous visual effect. I really recommend seeing this film if you get inspired by costume design and am very impressed with Kate Hawley who was responsible for the outfits.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Greg (Thomas Mann) is a disattached highschooler who spends his free time goofing around with his co-worker – you guessed it – Earl (RJ Cyler), making movie parodies. After finding out Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate of Greg’s has leukaemia his mother forces Greg to go visit to keep her company. From a painfully awkward start to making the best of things the two start to form a bond. Setting out to make a film for Rachel he struggles to come to terms with the vulnerabilities of accepting meaningful friendship into his life.
On to something I would like to see. This is a typical film I found after getting stuck in the whirpool of trailers on Youtube after covering an entire page with scribbles under the title “Films to See”. I like that it tackles the huge issue of cancer by focusing more on the building of relationships rather than the lonely disease itself. It also does not appear to be too serious, overly emotional or too light-hearted and shallow, a tricky balance to get with such a heavy plot. It appears to be a quirky little movie and if the two Sundance awards are anything to speak of it is a great one at that. Also Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson) has a part so that is always a perk!
Other than films I have been knitting up a storm which means marathons of:
♥ Jane the Virgin (easy viewing but gets you hooked)
♥ Scream Queens (Glee meets Horror, and Emma Roberts is hilariously evil and brattish)
♥ Gotham (Ah. Mazing)
♥ Latest American Horror Story (Some overly raw scenes but Lady Gaga is a queen)