Month: October 2013

Elijah Wood interview about Maniac, the NZ film commission banning his film, and his favourite horror films.

On Saturday 26 October 2013, I had the opportunity to view the film MANIAC , a very impressive and bloody horror film shot from the point of view of its main character.  MANIAC is already released on DVD, but is screening in special one off cinema screenings  (details below).

 

I spoke with the star of the film, Elijah Wood about:

  • the filming of the ‘POV’ Horror
  • New Zealand’s Film Commission banning the film,
  • what he recommends are the horror films I should watch.

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GRAVITY review.

‘Gravity’ is about letting go, despite the film’s poster proclaiming not to.

Sandra Bullock in particular has to let go, both physically and mentally.  Clooney even tells her at one point.

The film is a marvellous technical achievement. There is little complaint at the special effects and set design used.  The use of sound is especially unnerving and striking.  Anxiety inducing.

But it is a film with faults.  Lines of dialogue at times are childish, and the male role feels like it was directly written for George Clooney in mind.   References to his good looks make his character’s demeanour unconvincing.  Cringeworthy.

The film would have soared even greater if the two lead roles were ‘unknowns’.  Although Bullock does hold her own for most of the film, only to be let down by a poorly written final 15 minutes.  It may be her finest performance of her career (although that list is quite small in my mind).

Clooney is all but lost in one’s memory after watching the film.  And if you think really hard of his performance, you’re met with the realisation that it feels like he is ‘phoning it in.’   Second billed, he falls quite far behind the 29 crew members listed who magnificently created the sound design,  the set designer and special effects crew, and Bullock’s performance.

It’s a very good film technically.  Nothing more.

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