As so often in films, Louder Than Bombs is not a dissertation of, but a meditation on its themes and motifs. Seen in isolation, words and deeds may seem unexceptional – it is as a whole that writer-director Joachim Trier and co-screenwriter Eskil Vogt’s film takes flight.
Whispered echoes, nightmare logic, high melodrama, relentlessly ingenious staging – this visual analysis of M. Night Shyamalan’s pastoral masterpiece preserves the film’s own gestures, often rearranged in surprising combinations.
During this year’s World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium, we had the immense pleasure of sitting down with Alan Silvestri, one of the greatest composers in Hollywood and responsible for so many iconic scores in the last three decades, including Back to the Future.
After a general evaluation of this M. Night Shyamalan tour de force, the large cast of characters and their relationships are examined, with a special emphasis on subtext and how it is expressed through mise-en-scène.
Before The Visit came M. Night Shyamalan’s early masterpiece The Village (2004). Mismarketed and misunderstood as a horror movie, it has gained a following as a mood piece of pastoral beauty, intense emotion and stylised lyricism.
Karlovy Vary 2015: How to explain the magic and the peril of charismatic DIY filmmaker Mark Cousins? I met the ‘legend’ and watched some of his films at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. I’m ready to take a stab at it – the explanation, not the man. No, really!
Karlovy Vary 2015: Norwegians – what are they good for? At the international premiere of Bobbie Peers’s debut feature The Disappearing Illusionist I found the answer and – trust me – it’s not what you think!
David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows inspires awe far outside the ranks of horror film aficionados. This first entry in a series of three articles looks at 10 possible ways into the film, trying to put into words and pictures what makes the film so special.