Really pleased to see some more support for Jonaki and Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway! Love your write ups, hopefully they will encourage others to check out these wonderful films. Did you visit www.jonakithefilm.com after watching it? It helped my appreciation for the film grow when I read more about the Director's intentions, adding meaning to some of the more obtuse scenes in the film.St. Gloede wrote: ↑February 3rd, 2021, 4:31 pm 3 more nominees seen:
Jonaki (2018, Aditya Vikram Sengupta)
Jonaki very much captures the feeling of a wasteland, a unique world crumbling on top of itself, disappearing - my mind drifts to Sukorov, and his more experimental work. The visuals are beautiful, but also a little vacant.
I will say though, that there is a resonating conflict, revealed at the end, that does make what we have seen come together more than you'd originally think. At face value this is a world where people turn into trees, and fruit covers corridors. The poetic exit does centre the film a little more, and offers a key.
At the same time, while I was swept up in its beauty, I don't think it held itself together as well as it should - mixing contemplation/poetry - with the odd, minimalist almost reverse-Tetsuo vibe. I simply did not find this seemingly central theme or its execution that satisfying - though it is at all times an enjoyable film, and, with its conclusion comes together quite well. 7/10 (2)
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019, Miguel Llansó)
Filmbantha sold this as a "genre film", and I think that is selling it short. Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway is clearly a future cult movie phenomenon - as bizarre and off-beat as it is playful and fun - complete with video game/simulation tie-ins giving the impression of a retro-Matrix/World on a Wire - but with the camp value turned up to 1000 - with silly crumbled avatars, brought acting and plotting - and a lot of charisma.
Daniel Tadesse carries the film wonderfully, teaming up with Llansó once again after Crubs (he really needs to be in more films) and showcases wonderful charisma and a presence we rarely see. Camp of this kind is usually not my cup of tea, but the silliness and camp value genuinely work really well - and you laugh/smile along, even if some elements may just be a little too silly. The tone and atmosphere is just that good. A film that just makes you happy, complete with a great ending. 7/10 (2)
I watched I Think We're Alone Now last night which was an unusually restrained post-apocalyptic film about a lone survivor whose life is thrown into turmoil when he encounters another survivor. Peter Dinklage is on top form here as the misanthropic librarian who has comfortably settled into his new role of tending to the town in which he was once an outsider. The early scenes are reminiscent of I Am Legend (the novel) albeit without the hordes of undead creatures and there are lots of creative ideas on show but the film drifts a little off course towards the resolution as we learn more about the situation. Another good film that gets a 6/10 and a 1 from me.
For anyone interested in checking out a bigfoot horror, my nomination Monstrous is now available on Prime UK and hopefully in other countries as well.