Saint Maud (2019) Movie Review

Director: Rose Glass

Writer: Rose Glass (Screenplay)

Starring: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight, lily Frazer, Turlough Convery

Plot: Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

Tagline – Your savior is coming

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Saint Maud starts when nurse Maud (Clark) is preparing for her latest job as a live-in nurse for terminally ill Amanda (Ehle) a minor celebrity who has a reputation for being difficult, the two come from different backgrounds which will see the tension behind Maud’s religious mentality.

When Maud gets pushed too far, she decides she is going to do everything to save Amanda before she passes away, showing her religious commitment.

Thoughts on Saint Maud

Characters – Maud had an incident in her last job as a nurse, now she is making a living as a live-in nurse, with her latest role being seen as God’s will for her, she is going to try and prepare her patient for her next step towards God and is convinced that God is with her. Deep down Maud is filled with loneliness, without her messages from God, she is empty and alone in the world. Amanda is the new patient, the former dancer that is terminally ill, she still wants the fame she once had, with her other friends from that work visiting, using drink, drug and sex to ease her own pain, not willing to be converted as easily as Maud would like. We do meet Joy a former colleague that is offering a loose friendship, while Carol is one of the visitors to Amanda, one that is opposite to Maud.

PerformancesMorfydd Clark is brilliant in the leading role of this film, her shy persona makes her a must watch in every scene throughout the film. Jennifer Ehle is great to watch throughout the film, being everything you would imagine a terminal ill celebrity acting like. The supporting cast is strong too where they are needed through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a religious nurse that believes she is doing God’s work with her new patient, only to see herself needing to test her beliefs and reason to be fighting for God. This story is brilliant to watch because watching how Maud is completely convinced in her ways will drive her to do the tasks she believes are correct. We do have the clear message about loneliness and how somebody could be driven to believe in a higher power. This is a slow burning story that will get the reward for everything we go through, with an even more shocking final act.

Horror/MysteryThe horror side of this movie comes from seeing how Maud’s beliefs slowly take over her life, forcing her into drastic decisions.

SettingsThe film uses the small-town setting to show the one location where everybody goes for one place for drinks, reputations can follow people and it doesn’t seem to create the most social lives for everyone.

Scene of the Movie – Communication.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing.

Final Thoughts Saint Maud is a brilliant horror film that slowly builds up to reveal a shocking conclusion, carried by a star-making performance for Morfydd Clark.

The Disciple (2020) Movie Review (London Film Festival)

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane

Writer: Chaitanya Tamhane (Screenplay)

Starring: Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, Deepika Bhide Bhagwat

Plot: Chaitanya Tamhane’s masterfully composed second feature examines a lifetime journey devoted to the art of Indian classical music.

Runtime: 2 Hour 7 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Disciple starts as we meet Shaardya (Modak) who is preparing for a talent contest in India, one where he will bring his own unique abilities in Indian classical music to the forefront, against other younger performers from around the area, one competition he doesn’t win.

We see how Shaardya is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps to make this musical dream a reality, while making sure he brings a fresh sound to the traditional music, seeing how difficult it would be to break into the music stardom.

Thoughts on The Disciple

Final Thoughts The Disciple brings us a story which focuses on the desire to be seen as a success in a musical field, showing how a son would follow in his father’s footsteps to make an impact by trying to mix the traditional sounds with his own modern take on it, we see Shaardya in different stages of his life from his early contents, to his time where he is seen as a success in the industry, showing us how somebody can give their lives for their art form. We get the additional side to the story which will show us how wanting to following in a spotlight life can consume people much like how much damage this desire once did to his father. The acting in the film is strong throughout which helps us see the determination coming through in the characters. This is one of the films that puts a firm spotlight on the subject matter, which will helps everyone understand just want this will mean to the people who dedicate their lives to their art forms.

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – H – Halloween (1978) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“It’s Halloween; everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” – Brackett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – 15 years after murdering his sister and her boyfriend, an escapee from an asylum once again seeks revenge against the residence of his small town.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a fan of horror films at all, in particular slasher films.

I have avoided watching this film for decades due to a lack of interest in seeing what it was all about.

Darren’s choice for this month’s theme made me decide to finally check this film out.

I actually liked it much more than I thought I would.

They do an interesting job creating a suspenseful slasher thriller.

The choice to prolong the anticipation for an attack works really well and is effective in raising the level of tension along the way.

The plot itself is quite simple and thin and things are far too predictable like in most of these kind of films.

Director John Carpenter is able to use some great POV shots that help make the viewer actually feel as if they are right these in the room with these characters which works really well.

They also are able to utilize some great camera tricks that help to make things seem scarier and more gruesome than it really is.

Donald Pleasance is great in the lead role even if the real lead is Michael Myers himself.

This was Jamie Lee Curtis’ movie debit and she also does a nice job here.

Bottom Line – Interestingly done slasher thriller that is able to hold of the suspense for long enough to keep things even more enjoyable due to the anticipation of things. The plot is a bit thin and it all comes across as being a bit too predictable for its own good. Carpenter’s use of first person camera work helps the viewer feel as if they are right there. The film utilizes some great camera shot in order to make things look scarier and more graphic than it truly is. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – From a budget of $300,000, the film went on to gross $47 million at the US box office. In 2008, takings that would be the equivalent of $150 million, making ‘Halloween’ one of the most successful independent films of all time. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)