COLOR OUT OF SPACE
2019, 111 min, Dir: Richard Stanley

Director Richard Stanley returns to the big screen with his long-gestating adaptation of the H.P Lovecraft short story, starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson. After Nathan Gardener (Cage), his wife (Richardson) and their three kids move to a rural farmstead once owned by Nathan’s father, their idyllic new life is shattered by a meteorite that crashes into their front yard, bringing with it an alien organism. The pathogen quickly begins to contaminate plant life, farm animals and, in time, the Gardeners themselves, filling the screen with beautiful, disturbing, hypnotic and hallucinatory images. This creeping, atmospheric tale envelops the viewer in dread and unease until everything finally erupts into an effects-laden, soul-shattering climax.


THE NEW WORLD
2005, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Terrence Malick

Dreamy, effervescent and endlessly poetic, Terrence Malick’s reimagining of the 1607 founding of Jamestown and the legendary love triangle between Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell), Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher) and John Rolfe (Christian Bale) has recently been described by critics as a “misunderstood masterpiece.” Malick superbly crafts and endows his tale with a raw, haunting sense of realism: he famously chose to use natural lighting, handheld cameras and a painstakingly detailed set constructed just down-river from the original site of Jamestown. Historically and cinematically important, THE NEW WORLD is a refreshingly complex alternative to the simplified national foundational myths that currently populate American culture.


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