Jessica CHastain

Crimson Peak

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Universal | R | Guillermo Del Toro
Pictured:
 The fog of fear and mystery.

7(Note: The following review was originally published at Consequence of Sound.)

It’s established within the first few words spoken aloud in Crimson Peak that hauntings aren’t just for the metaphors within the manuscript that Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is working on. “Ghosts are real. That much I know.” While Edith is working on the kind of story in which ghosts represent all the past and present sins of the currently living, Crimson Peak sees specters as not only everything that Edith understands them to be, but also as tangible, physical things. Things that haunt you even when the  rational mind dictates that they’re just apparitions. Things that can touch you, and in turn, touch back. Things that follow you no matter how far you might try to go to elude them. (more…)

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them

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The Weinstein Company | R | Ned Benson
Pictured: Love, in bloom before the burst.

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(Note: the following review was originally published over at Consequence of Sound.)

“Do I look like a different person to you?”

Before Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby comes to a close, both Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) are forced to ask this of friends and family and even one another. The film is a whole mess of things, but at heart it’s a poignant character study of the divergent ways in which people experience and cope with tragedies, and a powerful reminder that those often have a blanket reach. They spiral outward, consuming everybody within their immediate radius. But for everybody who knows Conor or Eleanor, there’s not much to say to either of them. (more…)