Martin Kudláč is a freelance film journalist and independent scholar contributing regularly to a variety of international online and offline outlets. He holds PhD in Aesthetics and is an external lecturer and researcher at The Institute of Literary and Art Communication; a film industry reporter; and co-author of the book Images of the Hero in the Cultural Memory.
"We're aware of the so-called "elevated genre" discussion, but we always treated this aspect of the film with love, and not as an opposition of regular drama" Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra on Good Manners
Another year over, and what an annus horribilis it proved to be in so many ways. But away from the political atrocities that took place in pretty much every country you care to mention, and the sexual harassment scandals that...
Despite the variety of ingredients, the result is fairly streamlined and assembled coherently fashioning closeted morality as the frenzied runaway from justice is the externalization of a delusional guilt trip the leading character experiences vividly as the poverty drama of social realism collides with genre fare and austere aesthetics absorbs expressionistic stylization.
The debuting Taiwanese filmmaker revamps dysfunctional family story and rehashes social realism drama by renewing the usual stylistic and formal inventory. A Fish Out of Water injects dreaminess and melancholia counterbalancing the civil and bleak set-up
Sex, or the lack of thereof, visions and hysteria in the Lichtenstein´s slow-burning Victorian gothic plays as a home invasion subgenre albeit transferred on the protagonist´s mind follows a downward spiral of hysteria and paralyzing paranoia with a rich inventory of phallic symbols