Cert: Club; Light House and Palas
When you preface a gory revenge thriller with a Grateful Dead lyric and that ends up being the least bizarre thing, you know that you have an instant cult classic on your hands. That’s one of the more mundane things you find yourself considering when the curtain draws on this utterly unique death-metal fairytale from Italian-canadian filmmaker Panos Cosmatos.
Nicolas Cage (arguably in self-parody mode) plays Red, a burly logger living in the Pacific Northwest in 1983 with partner Mandy (Andrea Riseborough, channelling Karen Carpenter).
When a horrid cult leader (Linus Roache) lays eyes on her one day in the forest, he and his minions call on black-clad demons to kidnap her and bring ruin to the couple’s peaceful existence. Red goes on the mother and father of all revenge sprees. There will be blood.
All is bathed in psychotropic hues as Cosmatos and DOP Benjamin Loeb create a woozy, saucer-eyed aesthetic that resembles a manga cartoon made flesh or a shroom trip gone spectacularly wrong. The plot may be the stuff of a teenage comic strip, but it’s all presented in such a flagrantly stylised manner that it has your complete and undivided attention from the get-go.
A fab ensemble cast is capped off by Connemara legend Olwen Fouere, while, poignantly, it is the last film to feature the soundtrack work of the late and very great Johann Johannsson. A dark, dotty and delirious Halloween treat.
Cert: G; Now showing
There’s a rather grown-up ideology in this animated story, about knowledge setting you free, but the package in which it comes is a little pedestrian, a slightly poorer Monsters Inc for a new generation.
A community of yetis live high above the clouds, happy in their beliefs that their world was pooped out by the Great Sky Yak, the sun is a snail that will only rise if a gong is struck and that there is no such thing as the Smallfoot, humans. But when Migo (Channing Tatum) meets a Smallfoot and challenges the community’s blissful ignorance, he is expelled. But he is not the only yeti to suspect the accepted truths are fake and together they go on a journey to find truth.
It’s sweet, funny and musical but it is unlikely to become a classic.