What To See At New Directors/New Films 2014
By Joshua Handler
Full reviews of each of these films, and others, will be published soon.
THE BABADOOK (Dir. Jennifer Kent) - Sundance hit The Babadook comes with my highest recommendation. Rarely are horror and drama so brilliantly executed and mixed as they are in The Babadook, a film about a single mother who lives with her troubled son and unwittingly lets an evil force into her house. This, however, is a gross reduction of a psychologically potent, emotionally involving, and flat-out terrifying film. The bottom line: go see it immediately. Showing 3/22 at FSLC, 3/23 at MoMA.
THE DOUBLE (Dir. Richard Ayoade) - The Double is a cross between Brazil and Fight Club, a perfectly insane black comedy about an introverted man (Jesse Eisenberg) who meets his double (Eisenberg again) who is his opposite. An energetic, clever film based on a Dostoyevsky work, this is sure to please those looking for something dark, funny, and thought-provoking. Showing 3/24 at FSLC, 3/29 at MoMA.
OF HORSES AND MEN (Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson) - Another extremely dark comedy, Of Horses and Men is best for the adventurous movie-goer. The movie tells interconnected stories about the relationship between horses and people and balances deadpan comedy and dark drama very well. Showing 3/22 at MoMA, 3/24 at FSLC.
TO KILL A MAN (Dir. Alejandro Fernández Almendras) - Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at Sundance this year, Alejandro Fernández Almendras' tense, morally complex film tells the story of a man who is pushed to the breaking point by local thugs. As beautifully shot as it is well-written, this movie refuses to give any easy answers. Showing 3/20 at FSLC, 3/23 at MoMA.