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- Directed entirely or partly by a woman
- Written entirely by women
My personal favourites are marked **.
Basically a list of haunting films that touch on themes of existential fear. There are no jump scares to be found here, just an eerie, unsettling sensation that will creep up on you and get under your skin.
Of a particular movement within the horror genre that started in the beginning of the 2000s: "These films boast excessive bloodshed, nightmarish transformations, and the deterioration of female bodies and are using these visuals tos upport the impression that puberty and the sexual maturation of girls ar eprocesses which upset the patriarchal framework and its attempts to suppress the unruliness of young women.
A 'proper' woman is supposed to be nurturing, supportive, and loyal to the men in her life. Rejecting this framework and the oppression it implies, these narratives of coming-of-age horror contain a strong female agony and continuously defy the expectations of the male gaze." - Patrizia Ciuta, Rebel Girls: Female Coming-of-Age Horror
So much wasted potential in a plot that somehow manages to both be too ambiguous while at the same time overestimate its own complexity.
Love, Victor (2020)
Sweet and safe
I should start by pointing out I didn't tune in to this with any nostalgic feelings beforehand as I wasn't really a fan of Love, Simon. So I'm not going to comment on how the show did or did not compliment the film.
The dialogue is a little cringeworthy at times but considering it was made for Disney and is targeted towards a younger audience, I guess that is excusable. If you're expecting a sweet and lighthearted series that won't expect a lot from you in return as a viewer, you won't be disappointed. Michael Cimino in the leading role manages to make Victor a very charming character who is easy to vote for even when he is making questionable decisions. I do think there were several relationships between characters that weren't developed nearly enough while others seemed a little bland and overemphatised (I'm thinking of Felix and Lake. That story has simply been told enough times already). Overall, a sweet and safe series without a lot of surprises but with its heart in the right place.
Perfect Sense (2011)
I came here with one sole purpose
And that is to say that the film's soundtrack by Max Richter is perhaps my favourite soundtrack of any film, ever. Plenty of lovely things have been said about this film already and I only recently rewatched it after several years. But I've kept coming back to Richter's haunting melodies year after year.
God's Own Country (2017)
The level of intimacy between the characters is unlike anything I have seen before
Absolutely stunning film that is now right up there among my all-time favourites. It's sensual and romantic; and raw and ugly at the same time which is actually quite an accomplishment. The partnership between O'Connor and Secareanu is incredibly effective; the magnificent Ian Hart made me cry and Gemma Jones is amazing as well. Along with a breathttaking scenery and the haunting melodies of A Winged Victory for the Sullen, it's truly a film to remember and cherish.