Don’t Look Now (1973)

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Plot: A married couple grieving the recent death of their little daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Wow

 

Story: Don’t Look Now starts as we see the Baxter family Laura (Christie), John (Sutherland) and children Johnny (Salter) & Christine (Williams) around the everyday home life before tragedy strikes as Christine drowns in the pond.

Trying to move on with their lives they move back to work in Italy as John is a historical restorer. When the two have a dinner two strange sisters Heather (Mason) and Wendy (Matania) claim to be able to see Christine sitting between them. We see the couple dealing with the loss in their own way while Laura wants to communicate John doesn’t believe any of this supernatural side of the story.

When Laura talks John into at least trying to communicate with Christine through Heather and Wendy who predict that John’s life is in danger while in Venice and when their son gets hurt back in England Laura returns home leaving John alone in Venice but when he sees his wife with the sisters still in Venice he starts investigating himself but is he ready for the truth?

Don’t Look Now is a film that I had heard so much great about and usually when I go into films that have been hyped up I feel slightly disappointed. With this one I was on the edge of my seat from start until finish just wanting to know what would happen next, the story does make you think from start to finish which is very important and after the final act you are left going wait I need to see this again. This is how to make a horror film and it still stands the test of time nearly 50 years later.

 

Actor Review

 

Julie Christie: Laura is the wife and mother that is suffering after the loss of their daughter, she is in Venice with her husband trying her best to get over the tragedy. She meets to strange sisters that offer her a chance to communicate with her lost daughter in what becomes her believe anything they say. Julie is great in this role being the paranoid mother trying to find that final chance to say goodbye.

Donald Sutherland: John is a historical restorer that gets a strange feeling something is wrong with his daughter only to be too late to save her. Returning to work in Venice he tries to bury himself in his work but when Laura starts believing he is in danger he is having none of it until he is alone in Venice and things start happening. Donald is great in this role as you feel his frustration and depression about what has happened in this life.

Hilary Mason: Heather is the blind one of the two sisters who claims to be able to communicate with the dead, she also claims to be able to see the dead who send out warnings to their loved ones. Hilary is great in this role working with Clelia perfectly.

Clelia Matania: Wendy is the other sister that is the seeing eyes for the pair, she approaches Laura to offer her a chance to know Christine is still with them but also warning they are not entertainers. Clelia is great with her work with Hilary making a very creepy pairing.

Support Cast: Don’t Look Now has a supporting cast which mostly Italians that only speak slight English that never get subtitles.

Director Review: Nicolas RoegNicolas gives us a horror with brilliant shots that give each and every scene an element of fear.

 

Horror: Don’t Look Now is filled with suspense filled horror that is in every single scene making us want to see what will happen.

Thriller: Don’t Look Now keeps us one edge through the whole film wonder where it will go.

Settings: Don’t Look Now uses the Venice settings wonderfully as we see the tight streets with the echo filled footsteps.
Special Effects
: Don’t Look Now isn’t a film that turns to effects much but when it does it all seems to come off well.

Suggestion: Don’t Look Now is one I think all horror fans should watch at least once mostly due to the tension it creates through each scene. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: No subtitles for the Italian talking, so not sure if anything was important or not.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Won a BAFTA for Cinematography as well as nominated for Best Film, Actress and Direction.

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1,5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: A psychic thriller.

Trivia: In the UK the film was released to theaters on double feature with The Wicker Man (1973).

 

Overall: Amazing suspenseful horror film.

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Do We Care About the Oscars – Boyhood

Do We Care About the Oscars?

The idea behind this is to look back at every single film that was nominated for,

·         Best Picture

·         Best Actor

·         Best Actress

·         Best Supporting Actor

·         Best Supporting Actress

·         Best Director

 By looking back at these I will be asking the questions below to find out whether this is a film to be watched or not. This is not a full review and if I have seen the film in question I will give my rating of said film. I will also not be comparing or suggesting any other films that could or should have won this is just looking at a film and seeing if it still stands in the memory.

Film – Boyhoodboyhood

Oscar Wins: One Win, Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette.patty

Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

Have I Seen It?

Yes – My Rating 92%

Will I Watch It Again? Not unless it is for a project.

Should Everyone Have Seen It? I think anyone who studies film should see this but the casual film fans have no need to see it.

Most Memorable Part? The gimmick.

Thoughts On the Film: This film is something amazing when it comes to film making and the work put into this actually happen has to be appalled but it really is just a glorified gimmick movie that could easily just be a set of home movies where it should be set to follow a real boy growing up for a real reaction.

Do We Care It Got Oscar Attention? No, it is as simple as this, the reason this got attention is for the 12 years’ gimmick which once you seen the film makes this a difficult re-watch and lasting nearly 3 hours its hard work to get through.

Final Thoughts: Just make you own version of this when you start a family and go back and watch the videos of your own kid growing up it will make you happier because you will be part of the story. This worked really well for Ethan Hawke.sinister

Film News (UK): Cannibal romantic horror TEAR ME APART available to download NOW.

Film News (UK): Cannibal romantic horror TEAR ME APART available to download NOW.

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Alex Lightman’s post-apocalyptic dish of murder, meat and mysticism is now available to buy or rent exclusively fromwww.tearmeapartmovie.com

 

Exclusive bundles that explore the story world more are also available for pre-order now. They include the Forgotten Women novella series with prologue written by actress Jennie Eggleton, web comics, and interviews with the cast and producers. This additional content is due to be released throughout July and August.

 

Synopsis: Living in a cave in a barren part of the Cornish landscape, two brothers turn to cannibalism to survive. Although the eldest (played by Frazer Alexander) clings to the notion that their father will reappear, bringing with him the return of the ‘old world’, the younger brother (Alfie Stewart) has no such moral compass and relishes the meat he can get from the bodies of nomadic wanderers who stray into his sights. Then one day, a different kind of prey appears, in the form of a beautiful teenager (played by Jennie Eggleton). She is possibly the last girl alive and her powerful presence ignites a sexual maelstrom. A dangerous game is about to be played. Animalism versus humanity.  Love versus survival. Love. Kill. Eat.

TEAR ME APART is directed by Alex Lightman, written by Tom Kerevan and produced by Alex Lightman, Tom Kerevan & Ern Herrmann. It stars Alfie Stewart, Jennie Eggleton and Frazer Alexander – all making their lead feature film debuts.

Receiving its World Premiere at Austin Film Festival 2015, the film is the first project from Cannibal Films, who are already in development with their second feature, a psychological thriller.