Sunday, 27 October 2013

HIDDEN TREASURES - HUMANITY, MUSIC BOX, THE VANISHING


It'd be a crime to miss these three films! That's relevant because they're all about crimes! What happened, who did it, who's innocent, who's guilty, who's next, who cares? I care!

HUMANITY (1999) - BRUNO DUMONT

Bruno Dumont's 1999 masterpiece is a punishing, harrowing watch, but also an extremely intelligent one, if distressingly so. Superb performances from Emmanuel Schotte and Severine Caneele and stark cinematography from Yves Cape complete one of cinema's most unforgiving visions of the human race.

MUSIC BOX (1989) - COSTA-GAVRAS

Since 1989, audiences had somewhat tired of Costa-Gavras' politicising, and his career has seriously sunk since then. But Music Box is an excellent courtroom thriller, and highly underrated. Jessica Lange's Oscar nominated lead performance is easily among her very best.

THE VANISHING (1988) - GEORGE SLUIZER

Hidden from few, sure, but George Sluizer's original Dutch version of The Vanishing ought to be known by all. A film that trusts its storyline to unfold in due time, and its audience to engage with it as its characters do, to one of film's most unforgettable endings.