The Anatomy of Disturbing Films

What makes a disturbing movie so effective? Hannah Granberry breaks down some of the tropes and tricks of feel-bad films.

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REVIEW: ‘Old’ (2021) – Twisty Thriller Marks a Confident Shyamalan Return

Much like every other movie from Shyamalan’s filmography, this film leaves the viewer hanging on the edge of their seat for the entire runtime.

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The Nightmarish and Sublime Beauty of the Undiscovered in ‘Annihilation’ (2018) and ‘Interstellar’ (2014)

These two films elegantly unravel what it means to experience things as inconceivable as they are alluring, which continually pull at and dismantle human instinct.

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Top of the Docs #53 – SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST REVIEW: ‘Factory to the Workers’ (2021)

‘Factory to the Workers’ explores the only example of a working factory co-operative in post-socialist Europe, examining its triumphs, its shortcomings, and what is holding it back.

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REVIEW — ‘Hungry Hearts’ (2014) Has Rich Ideas and Depth Beyond an Awkward Surface

A dark look at parenthood and the exceptional challenges it can bring, but its homage to great cinema doesn’t quite pay off.

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[Between the Lines] What Makes the ‘Pride’ (2014) Screenplay a Crowd-Pleasing Hit

LGBTQ+ audiences sometimes want more light-hearted stories — like 2014’s ‘Pride,’ written by Stephen Beresford.

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REVIEW: ‘Recovery’ (2021) Might Just Be the Medicine the World Needs

Recovery — Mallory Everton and Stephen Meek’s astonishing road trip comedy about the early days of the pandemic — cinematizes the phrase “someday you’ll look back at this and laugh.”

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‘Melancholia’ (2011) and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Planet

How Lars Von Trier portrays mental illness as a superpower in Melancholia.

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