High Life [2018]

“At 99% the speed of light, the entire sky converged before our eyes.”


Image description: The image says the following: Directors: Claire Denis / Genres: Sci-fi Drama / Year: 2018 / Rating: ***__ / Review: 
Real slow burner of a film with some big names including Juliette Binoche, Robert Pattinson, André 3000 & Mia Goth. Visually stellar. At times, complex meshing of past, present and future. Really should have come with a trigger warning as there were multiple scenes of r*pe. I struggled to maintain focus throughout; the latter third before the conclusion felt a little empty. In a world of epic space films, this was a welcome change but due to how slow it is, probs not a film for everyone.

Image description: The image says the following: Directors: Claire Denis / Genres: Sci-fi Drama / Year: 2018 / Rating: ***__ / Review: Real slow burner of a film with some big names including Juliette Binoche, Robert Pattinson, André 3000 & Mia Goth. Visually stellar. At times, complex meshing of past, present and future. Really should have come with a trigger warning as there were multiple scenes of r*pe. I struggled to maintain focus throughout; the latter third before the conclusion felt a little empty. In a world of epic space films, this was a welcome change but due to how slow it is, probs not a film for everyone.

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Spiderhead [2022]

“B-6. It doesn’t make you happy or hungry or horny.
It makes you do as you’re told.”


Image description: The image says the following: Directors: Joseph Kosinski / Genres: Sci-fi Drama Thriller / Year: 2022 / Rating: ***__ / Review: Pretty formulaic, paint-by-numbers sort of film. I liked how this film inadvertently highlighted the lack of human rights attributed to people placed in jail through the actions of the unhinged, unethical scientist played by Chris Hemsworth, though I doubt the intention was to be so topical. Unfortunately I just felt like I knew exactly what was gonna happen, so I wouldn’t watch it again.

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Into the Forest [2015]

“We have each other”


‘Into the Forest’ is a Canadian film, somewhere between science fiction and horror-drama. It stars Elliot Page, Evan Rachel Wood and Callum Keith Rennie who are a family who find themselves in the middle of a continent-wide power outage which turns society on its head. There’s only really one sci fi element to the film in that it’s kind of a dystopian future type dealio, but the scenario is something that could very well happen and explores everything that can go wrong.

Society starts to lose its damn mind, like it is wont to do in the midst of a crisis, and the family are forced to retreat to their cabin in the woods hoping to wait the outage out. However, the situation turns from bad to worse to even worse(r?) and it’s almost like this little family are super cursed.

Page and Wood are very believable siblings; their love for each other is quite palpable on screen as they try to comfort one another while their world is falling apart through food scarcity and tragedy.

This is quite a heavy, dark film. There’s one particular moment where something happens and the camera focuses on Wood’s face. She acted it so well, and as a viewer watching her act it was like I was kicked in the chest. That scene is really powerful.

I thought generally it was a little slow, but I get the sense that this is necessary given the topic. The passage of time while you wait for normality to happen would probably feel like things are plodding on. I like that – SPOILERS – you never really know why it all happened in the first place, and you don’t really get a sense of closure with the film. You watch it just waiting for things to go back to normal but the family have to instead adapt to their ‘new normal’. It makes it seem more real somehow. Some similar films might end with “OH BTW IT WAS ALIENS” or “AND OMG IT TURNS OUT EVERYTHING WAS OKAY IN THE END” so this was a refreshing take at a different perspective.

So all in all, this film is really all about family, and how important your family are for your survival whatever shape that takes. The lush woodland was obviously totally stunning. I thought it was really well acted. The concept is a simple one but was explored thoroughly like the Director rinsed the shit out of it. I thought it was a decent film if maybe a bit slow, though I wasn’t ‘blown away’ by it. Worth a watch.

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