Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tom Waits… The cast of Jim Jarmusch’s newest film is an impressive list of well-known character actors. These people might also be the only ones who could pull off a Jim Jarmusch film about the zombie apocalypse. And they almost do. The film begins with two policemen entering the […]
If you hated Hereditary (2018), you’re likely to hate Ari Aster’s sophomore film, Midsommar (2019), too. Even if you appreciate or even love Hereditary, there’s still a good 50/50 chance you’ll come out of Midsommar feeling disgusted, bored or a bit of both. Midsommar follows Dani Ardor (Florence Pugh) who, after a family tragedy, tags […]
I recently saw Crazy Rich Asians, and afterwards joked that it’s one of the most interesting of the Disney cartoon-princess movies. Man—”Cinderella” is, apparently, immortal. The best way to understand this movie, I think, is to see it as a folktale. Which, after all, most romcoms essentially are. And doing so brings up many of […]
Big Picture writers share their personal favourites.
Folsom State Prison in California is home to “The Work”, a program that mixes both prisoners and members of the public together over the course of four days to take part in a group therapy session. There’s no “one size fits all” approach here. Every single person comes with an idea or goal, and the […]
Gratuitous splatter-fest or underrated masterpiece? Big Picture critic Thomas Puhr reviews Darren Aronofsky’s latest, Mother!
Simultaneously a creepy horror movie and a witty comedy, Get Out is the debut feature from actor-turned-director Jordan Peele, who also wrote and produced. Influenced by the 1975 cult classic The Stepford Wives, Peele challenges us with a tale where a black man gets trapped in a house with a deranged white family. Peele’s script […]
The always watchable Casey Affleck has already picked up a Golden Globe, with an Oscar likely to follow, for his fine work in writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s expertly textured, evocatively slow-burning Manchester By The Sea. Affleck plays Boston janitor Lee Chandler, who returns to his titular Massachusetts hometown after the death of his brother and finds […]
Obsession is not a reticent discourse within horror cinema. Most of the horror genre’s notorious villains (and their nefarious intentions) are obsessive: Norman Bates is the obsessive lunatic masquerading as his deceased mother, Freddy Krueger is the obsessive dream demon hell-bent on vengeance, and John ‘Jigsaw’ Kramer is the dogmatic obsessive who ‘rehabilitates’ his victims […]