Review: The Innocents (1961)

If a gold standard for gothic cinema had to be chosen, then Jack Clayton’s THE INNOCENTS would surely be on the shortlist, probably at the very top. No other film can touch it in terms of subtle emotional complexity and haunting resonance. On the surface a deceptively straightforward tale of spooky visitations, it’s only with repeated viewings that its true mastery reveals itself. Coming back to the film after a prolonged gap, the thing that really takes you aback is how creepy the story is – and not just in a supernatural way. Dark forces are very much at work in the real world too, blurring the lines between reality and imagination.

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Review: Mud (2013)

There’s much to be said for wallowing in MUD, director Jeff Nichols’s leisurely yet captivating follow up to his 2011 drama TAKE SHELTER. This Southern Gothic spin on WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND is a gently absorbing tale of adolescence gone awry, and boasts a beautifully judged performance by Matthew McConaughey, currently on something of a roll. A clutch of strong supporting performances and a satisfying pay-off make this one of the most purely enjoyable films of the year so far.

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