Luz: The Flower of Evil

Here it seems that for the promised new world to bloom, God and the father must first be banished, and patriarchy overturned. Some of these are flashbacks, some flashforwards, but together they point towards something sinisterly apocalyptic that both is coming, and perhaps has always been there, inscribed timelessly in the topography. Loved Tilman Singer’s Luz… Enjoyment. Luminously left-field. Meanwhile these daylit images have been colour corrected to the point of kitschy oversaturation, all to suggest a space that is both mythic and hyperreal, as if from a fable or…

Jungle Cruise

The final act drags a little and there’s some ropey CGI in places, but director Jaume Collet-Serra keeps the energy up and the performances lively as he manages the considerable budget step-up from his usual (excellent) B-movie fare. Blunt is the superior action star on show here though – fearlessly fighting, jumping and climbing like a cynicism-free female Indiana Jones. Even with such likeable, charismatic leads, few could have hoped for a more enjoyable romp from a film that essentially crosses The Mummy with Pirates of the Caribbean, and is…

Oscar Isaac beats the odds in the first trailer for The Card Counter

As a film by Paul Schrader, there are a few things we can securely bank on: that the sacred and profane will be boldly intermingled, that our protagonist’s sense of desperation will eventually consume him, and that the dark work of the American superpower will be laid bare before us. No easy act to follow up, but the newly released trailer for his follow-up The Card Counter suggests he’s more than up to the task. Oscar Isaac beats the odds in the first trailer for The Card Counter He’s a…