Personal Shopper is an interesting trip into the high-end fashion world and the spoilt brats that inhabit it. An otherwise overused cliche that's been given a refreshing, albeit sometimes strange subplot involving a ghost.
A new trailer has just dropped for the incredibly visual The Bad Batch, and it looks awesome. A twisted love story in a post apocalyptic Texas wasteland, with cannibals. It seems to be all about cannibals in art films this year, since RAW debuted its thought-provoking blood and guts earlier this year. Check out the brand new trailer below.
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.
RAW is much more than a marketing campaign for gore and horror, it's a fiercely original and well-directed coming-of-age piece, with some subtle nods to feminism... and some not so subtle nods to cannibalism.
The Zookeeper's Wife, another addition to the holocaust genre that had potential to be fiercely original and thought-provoking, but just ends up being another Anthropoid.
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.
The live-action adaptation of the cult anime Ghost in the Shell is probably one of the most visually perfect films to grace our screens so far this year. It's great to have some cyber punk to sink our teeth into again, but its poor attempts at provoking emotional responses and philosophical debate bring it down to your standard 3-star action film.