I think I maybe loved this, but then, there are a multitude of sins that a period piece and fancy English accents may cause you to overlook. A good suspenseful elevated horror film with a “The Others” twist that - unless you’re my boyfriend - you don’t entirely see coming. Watched it twice just to see if the ending was obvious after all… Though there are a handful of unnecessary callbacks that make it border on ham fisted in the sense that it doesn’t appreciate that the audience may have the attention span necessary to catch all of the little details. A dropped shoe, a broken glass… And again, and again. Still, most impressive was the attention to detail in the tools of the trade for a post WWI ghost hunter; levels of detail that just boggle the mind. Lines to be tripped, bells to be rung, cameras illuminated by phosphorous, atmospheric sensitivities to be measured… All terribly romantic in a steampunk sort of way.
One more mile ‘til the road runs out.
um everything about this is perfect. everything.
To have known her then… All the hubris and the promise and the brilliance. Joan Didion, Patron Saint of Southern California; 1972.
Nov 5Sep 20
I like to believe that an impressionable young Joan Didion happened upon this and began furiously scribbling notes… And thus, an entire career was born. Also, is it somehow comforting that things have changed so little in 40 or so years? We’re still here, still erasing our past and barely taking notice of the present while we sketch outlines of the future, believing that we’re in the vanguard when truly we’re merely a cautionary tale. Los Angeles is a tale of revisionism and reinvention, and all of our creativity is balanced by the threat of destruction; earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides, coyotes stalking the streets while we sleep - it’s almost biblical - which is what makes it magical and dreadful and everything that we love and resent.
Anatomy of Los Angeles (1969) French TV (by modcinema)
sick. frank ocean’s video for pyramids; insanely good work from he and nabil as per usual.