winter withered, warm
A very subdued intensity, depressive, etc.
Yeah that's right. The occultist is proper scuzzy as well,as they should be. Like John Constantine. You can smell the fans and whisky through the screen. Reminded me of Luka a bit on reflection.Pretty sure I've seen that, is it the one where there are a couple holed up in a house doing this rite together?
Yesterday we finally got round to watching Bait from last year or the year before. It's a very good film... low key and simple and effective. It does get you where it hurts although I feel that it kinda pulls the punches a bit (edit; not really the right phrase as that implies that it was the wrong choice. I think the restraint shown was artistically sound) by choosing not to go all out. As in, for example, Thunder Road which I watched recently where event after heart-breaking event piles up on the protagonist and it's hard to watch and powerful and so on... but really the decision made here not to just bury the poor bastard added an extra dimension I thought. A really good little film, and it does feel little, personal, whatever.
In addition I like the way it's shot and the acting which almost reminds me of some of those early Fassbinder films or something. A kind of naturalistic anti-acting that almost comes right round the circle and ends up feeling more real.
Also, when I was younger my girlfriend at the time and I hired a car and drove round Devon and Cornwall and stayed in B&Bs. And I liked it so much I did it again later with another girlfriend. Salcombe, Brixham etc etc lovely places. And many years later with another girlfriend I went to Cromer in East Anglia to a b&b and then with the same girl to Whitby and stayed in an AirBnB (I think) that used to be a fisherman's cottage and... well there is a scene in Bait where she is showing these hipsters from London (I assume) around a converted fisherman's cottage and telling them about the "bottle of fizz in the fridge and the local cheese" and I was just like "That's me... am I a cunt?" - I mean obviously I am but this was discovering a new way that I'm a cunt that I didn't even know about.
Anyone seen Dark Song (Liam Gillingham I think). Amazing. Best occult film I've ever seen. Would fit loosely on a double bill with Hereditary, as the screenwriters have obviously read some occult texts - The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, in this case. First 3/4 of the film does a brilliant job of situating everything weird that happens as a possible hallucination. The ending is fire.
That encounter with darkness before redemption actually mirrors the Abramelin text. Seemed spot on to me, psychologically.Genius film-making. The discrepancy between the black and white grainy film and overdubbed audio creates a sense of dissociation that’s the core theme of the film - loss of home, loss of the boat, the pub going to shit and Brexit lurking, somewhere unsaid. Superb for a dark wintery day or night.
It had be up until all the monster demons started lunging out of corridors and cupboards. Steve Oram is good and the reason for the girl’s quest drew me back in at the finale. I wasn’t expecting such a humble, human “request” and her face, cleansed, as she drives away. Hit and miss.