12 April 2012

At the movies: The Raid - Redemption.

As I've often said, there's really no -sploitation like Indonesiansploitation. To put it another way, now I have more than just H. Tjut Djalil to recommend to people when they want to experience the liberating madness of Indonesia's cinematic id. I had a talk with icon and national treasure Jim Ridley after a press screening a couple of weeks back, and you can read it here. Please do so...

02 April 2012

At the movies: Mirror, Mirror.

I'm not going to lie, it screwed up the world when Eiko Ishioka died. You have to go back to the glory days of Edith Head to find someone working at this level of sartorial awesomeness, and it saddens me to think that we may not ever see someone willing to do this much to advance the visual arts through fabric, passion, and imagination. You can still take some time to luxuriate in her last film work, with the visually ravishing Mirror, Mirror. Some have been hating on this film like it owed them money, which I don't understand at all. Beauty, goofiness, classic fairytale style, and the kind of eye-popping joy that the Tarsem/Ishioka team always produced.