Taking the short film circuit by storm is a hard task, but one which Serpent's Lullaby is more than up to as is already the case.
In a little under fifteen minutes this film manages to say so much with scarcely a word spoken. It is a private peek into the story of Medusa in a modern setting, Patricia Chica's handling of Charles Hall's script is masterful and the cinematography courtesy of Richard Duquette is somewhat reminiscent of the best of Chanel's advertising in that it is packed with stylish symbolism and comes across as very classy.
Is it style over substance? Not at all, this tale unfolds with a horror that perhaps we the viewing public had never considered.
The acting is fine and could even be described as 'minimalist', there's nothing spare about this, it is brilliantly executed with obvious care as parts of the subject matter are truly horrific in their subtext. Much is left to the imagination, which is for the best as what we see on screen enables us to see far deeper not only into the story but also into an aspect of the central character which is surprisingly well rounded.
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Yes people, it's here.... Godzilla, and I have seen it in all of its 3D glory.
Ok, so technically not a 'horror' review, but when I was growing up Godzilla was in the same league so I'm doing this anyway and rightly so as this film made me feel like I was experiencing a second childhood.
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I'm going to start off with an apology. Sorry. There, I've done it. What am I sorry for? I'm sorry because I know what I am going to say about I Frankenstein, and it isn't pretty. Neither is the monster, played by Aaron Eckhart. I've not read the graphic novel this film is based on, but can say without reservation that it has to be better than this film. It HAS TO BE. It can't not be. First of all it won't have the annoying voice-over with Mr Eckhart digging into his boots to find a macho enough voice for the character.
Sometimes a voice-over works, such as in Blade Runner, where even though the film is better without it, at least the voice-over is well performed. This is not even close being as it is mostly exposition and still nothing of any great interest. It sounds contrived from the get-go and after a while is a little grating.