Polish language film The Lure is most likely the strangest mermaid flick to hit the states, and yes, "mermaid" is really what lures the audience in. Originally titled Córki dancingu, the film is truly an evocative and original take on the monster genre, with its larger-than-life sensibilities and unrelenting approach to how musicals flow. Sadly, this horror musical never fully adopts its own genre, instead opting for scattered ideas that make certain scenes work, while a majority of the connective tissue is washed up.
Accurately describing the off-the-wall monster flick Colossal is no easy task, from the surprisingly star-studded cast to the genre melding narrative. What is easy to describe is just how much of a triumph this vastly misunderstood film truly is. Partly a "return to your roots" story mixed with a full-on giant monster fest, Colossal manages to take on a great deal of deep subject matter without completely losing its dark humor along the way.
The second collaboration of Kristen Stewart and writer/director Olivier Assayas was a welcome idea, as Cloud of Sils Maria was a magnificent piece of film, with both Assayas and Stewart proving their skills as storytellers. Personal Shopper, this second jont, has moments of brilliance to remind us of the potential between the two, however a great deal of Assayas' decisions pull the film down into a pulpy ghost story.
While a tad outside of the director’s normal realm, Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness houses his over the top sensibilities, wrapped in a deceptively artistic film. Granted, the deception doesn’t equal a tantalizing viewing experience, but rather lulls the audience into a false sense of intrigue, which shows its hand quickly as nothing more than a B-movie taking its time to completely lose its mind.
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