Velvet Buzzsaw is the most peculiar film I have seen so far this year. It feels dated, predictable, tacky and occasionally trashy. In hindsight though, maybe it wasn't trashy enough? It feels like a satire on the art community, albeit one that we've heard too many times before, but never actually plays up the horror enough to take into trash cinema territory.
The new Suspiria is more of a rebirth than a remake. A spellbinding ambitious art film that cleverly, albeit brutally, assaults the senses with its nightmarish imagery and explores unrelenting violence. The violence that occurs through abuses of power, both with politics and with women. It feels as timely today as it would have been confined within the wall of 1970s' Berlin, which is where this very feminist horror epic takes place.
The new Lars von Trier film The House That Jack Built is packed to the brim with violence and controversy, as you may have already guessed. The director seems to be making a bold statement about the art world that starts off as intriguing but soon becomes an overexaggerated blunder that services no one but the director himself.
Phantom Thread is nothing short of a masterpiece and a phenomenal swan song for Daniel Day-Lewis in is supposedly final role.
Loving Vincent sets a new benchmark for film-making with its stunning and completely oil painted portrayal of the troubled artist's final days.
Recently I was fortunate enough to sit down with Spanish illustrator Miki Montlló. Originally hailing from Terrassa, a small town outside of Barcelona, Miki was a guest judge and speaker at the RAW art wrestling illustration semi-finals in Prague last weekend, talking about his successful comic book series Warship Jolly Roger, his work with big shot animation studios like Cartoon Saloon and Laika, as well as his concept art for the new J.A. Bayona film, A Monster Calls, now showing in Czech cinemas.
Now in its second year, Weird Europe in Bio OKO is dedicated to the twisted and deranged films at the centre of Europe's artistic heart. Presented by Aleš Stuchlý & Vít Schmarc, the festival boasts fresh titles that'll strike a chord deep within your tortured soul, as well as accompanying introductions and talks.