Anticipation for Todd Hayne’s new film is undoubtedly high and its easy to see why. Coming off the back off ecstatic reviews at Cannes and a best actress win for Rooney Mara, Carol is the story of an older, married woman (Cate Blanchett) who falls for department store clerk Therese (Mara) in 1950s New York. Looking as every bit as sumptuous as you would expect from a Hayne’s period piece, Carol promises beautiful melodrama and faultless performances from its leading ladies, with quality oozing off the screen. I, for one, cannot wait for this film.
The Witch (2016)
The first trailer for Robert Eggers Sundance hit The Witch has surfaced and it looks worthy of the hype surrounding it. The film takes place in 1630s New England where a family have left their settlement to go it alone in the wilderness. But things begin to take an unsettling turn as strange forces befall the vulnerable family. Featuring some strong bonnet action and a sense of disturbing menace, The Witch looks set to get under the skin when it arrives in cinemas next year.
Masterful Music Videos
1# Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Sacrilege (directed by Megaforce)
I first saw this Yeah Yeah Yeahs video at the Adam Buxton BUG show and was unable to forget it. Simple but extremely effective, the reversal of the footage unravels the haunting narrative as a promiscuous town girl (model Lily Cole) is served an extreme punishment by her jilted conquest.
Masterful Music videos
2# Arcade Fire- Afterlife (directed by Emily Kai Bock)
Arcade Fire often have a enigmatic narrative running through their videos, and Afterlife is no exception however it is the composition of the shots that really impresses. Directed by Emily Kai Bock, who has an eye for creating majestic imagery (see also her video for Grimes’ Oblivion), produces a compelling canvas of scenes, particularly those shot in black and white, which are stunningly primal.
Also worth checking out, if you have not already seen it, is the live version of Afterlife performed at the Youtube Music Awards with accompanying video directed by Spike Jones and starring the ‘girl that can do no wrong’ Greta Gerwig. The piece is an oddball joy as Gerwig busts the moves like no one is watching ( I am sure I recognise some of that dancing from my own bedroom!) and if you are a fan of Greta, I defy you not to grin in goofy admiration at this.
Masterful Music videos
3# Grizzly Bear- Gun-shy (directed by Kris Moyes)
Not one for the squeamish Moye’s video takes in all manner of bodily parts and functions, a mirage of biology and the bizarre. With a nod to Brunel/ Dali (the eye scene has a touch of Un Chien Andalou about it), we get up close and personal with the inner workings of the band.