Infinity Pool Review

The term Infinity means unlimited, endless, without bound. In the film, Infinity Pool, the bizarre scenarios are continuous and disturbing to a harrowing extent. Director Brandon Cronenberg shares the same vision as his father, David Cronenberg, with Infinity Pool. Specifically, they want to make films that challenge what audiences can handle in terms of repulsive factors. However, I have more respect for David Cronenberg, because he still makes films that are outside the realm of surreal horror. Brandon is still new to the directing game, but with Infinity Pool, it seems like he tries to top his father’s directing by throwing in tangents that are overwhelming to the viewer’s mind. Infinity Pool makes dreams a reality, and it does so with tainted judgment set in an eccentric world.

As I watched Infinity Pool, many moments of feeling eerie stuck with me throughout the experience. The concept of mixing reality and fiction makes the terror feel alive in Infinity Pool. The film takes one moment of violence and continues with it in other strange and creative ways. The director remains committed to bringing his audience into a nightmare that is anxiety-provoking. In Infinity Pool, there are no rules, no back up, and no boundaries to the weird spiral of events that happen in sequence. The casting of Alexander Skarsgard, Mia Goth, and Cleopatra Coleman are perfect for this horror adventure. With Skarsgard having previously done dark and serious roles, he has a fittingly daring personality. With Goth being in several horror films recently, she has the right attitude for risqué and dangerous behavior. Finally, with Coleman as someone with an artistic side who has many emotions, she is the one who knows there is grave danger throughout the film. The many personalities in Infinity Pool drive the film’s shock value.

The film focuses on a couple, James, and Em Foster (Skarsgard and Coleman). They are vacationing around a fictional island called La Tolqa at an all-inclusive resort. James is a writer, and what Em does is not discussed. They are a quiet couple just trying to escape reality. Their trip starts to take a turn for the worse after a fatal accident. As the punishments for the accident are faced, the world of Infinity Pool starts to take its audience on a ride that is hard to understand. The island becomes a place where there are no norms and involves a subculture of tourism that is hedonistic. James’ behavior becomes more destructive as he falls under the bad influence of Gabi (Goth).  He finds himself in a world where he cannot control the dangers, he has surrounded himself with. Infinity Pool is a place where freedom and suffering goes wrong. It is a film that crosses extreme boundaries of terror.

There is a warning before the film starts saying the film may have lighting moments that are flashy, and that for those who have epilepsy to reconsider experiencing Infinity Pool. Even for me, the flashing moments during dangerous elements were somewhat nightmarish. The experience was not enjoyable, but it is typical for the visionary images that the elder Cronenberg is legendary for. Now that the son of Cronenberg is creating a weird world of his own, it is an adventure where reality is not as promising or delightful as many see in their dreams. The mind of Brandon Cronenberg will change the way audiences view the Cronenberg legacy with Infinity Pool.

This movie is not amazing, but it requires an open mind like other films by Cronenberg. It is important to bear in mind that this is a film made by David Cronenberg’s son. Infinity Pool made me think back to many of his father’s films I love because of how they crossed limits which made them masterpieces. Brandon’s Infinity Pool is shy of a masterpiece, but it is still surreal. Three stars for Infinity Pool.

You People Review

You People advertises itself as a fun romcom with a twist—the twist being an interracial relationships with both families acting prickly about the situation. But this film is not a fun romcom. Its derogatory and inappropriate racial comments makes for flawed humor, and I found it to be an almost two hour long offensive, confusing, and stereotypical film.

The plot of the film introduces us to Ezra (played by Jonah Hill), who falls in love with Amira (played by Lauren London). Ezra is white and Jewish, and Amira is Black. They know in their hearts that they are in love and that they are meant to be, but are their families on the same page as them? Ezra’s mother is Shelley (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus), his father is Arnold (played by David Duchovny), and his sister is Liza (played by Molly Gordon). Ezra’s family leads a privileged life and they are extremely high maintenance. Amira’s parents are Akbar (played by Eddie Murphy) and Fatima (played by Nia Long), and she has many siblings. Amira’s family is Muslim. Akbar questions Ezra as a man and his faithfulness to his daughter. The film takes the family dynamics to heights of religion, class, and tension, but it is presented in a very demeaning way, and that is why even the title You People is a turn off.

Is racism a funny subject? Absolutely not. But have there been quality films with racial comments in the comedy genre? Yes. Have some films addressing diversity or class tried too hard to be funny? Not many, but that’s how I view You People. This film is not satirical. It is morally wrong, poorly written, and a just slew of negative racial stereotypes and derogatory words and tension.

I always try to find some positive aspects to a film, but this one is a challenge. The one positive I can find is the cast. The characters fit the concept of the film, especially Dreyfus and Duchovny as Ezra’s parents, and Murphy and Long as Amira’s parent. These are all diverse people with diverse attitudes. But the subject matter is delivered all wrong.

Simply put, I did not like this film at all, despite the cast. I found it hateful, disgusting, and offensive. The characterizations sickened me, and I felt offended throughout the film. There was a total lack of positivity. Bringing the concepts of race, ethnicity and culture to the cinema is important, but this film was over the limit. Netfix viewers will need to decide whether they want to watch this one, but I don’t recommend it. Two stars for You People.

Skinamarink Review

Experimental scary films have always fascinated me. Movies where the scary aspects are hidden or around corners and the jump scares come out of nowhere. Skinamarink is that type of horror film and is one of the most creative and intense films I have experienced in a long time. The camera is shaky, the cinematography is saturated, and the terror is blended with the sound effects throughout its hour and a half plus running time. Skinamarink required me to think and anticipate unexpected moments of terror. It takes the cake in its brilliant writing, directing, and settings created from the mind of director Kyle Edward Ball.

The estimated budget of Skinamarink falls at $15,000 which is relatively low. However, for its low budget, it is surreal. Ball really put his mind into making this project creative, fascinating, and something different. He worked to make a memorable film where his audience leaves with many questions in the back of their minds. I am still pondering some questions after experiencing Skinamarink. Despite some confusion throughout the film, I was astonished by the film overall.

Skinamarink is a film that takes place entirely in a house. The credits of the film roll before the movie begins and then it jumps right into its setting. Do not expect to sit after the credits. The film consists of a family in a home. There is the mom and dad (played by Jaime Hill and Ross Paul), and their children Kevin and Kaylee (played by Lucas Paul and Dali Rose Tetreault). Do not expect to see much of them but expect to hear their voices. The film’s focus is that Kevin and Kaylee wake up and realize that their parents are missing, their windows are gone, their doors are gone, and because of their ages they do not understand what is going on.

The film has that feeling of a glitchy camera which adds to the film’s suspense. There is no scoring or terrifying music, just the consistent shots of the low-budget camera following the quiet suspense. This means that there is some supernatural terror going on in the home. The supernatural terror paces itself in long fragments and focuses in on the many corners of the home. There are sound effects in the background, including a TV, the voices of the children, and whatever noise may be occurring in the house. Given all this, Skinamarink may make some feel scared. It reminded me what it felt like to be scared at a young age, especially when you don’t yet understand how the world works.

The film’s saturated cinematography is like The Blair Witch Project (1999) in that it effectively utilizes technicalities for added suspense. Skinamarink has the camera be more still and does not have its audience feel like they have motion sickness like The Blair Witch Project did. Skinamarink is a horror film with a limited budget made with the purpose of scaring the audience and finding questions about the source of the evil that lurks through the film. Where did Kevin and Kaylie’s parents go? Why did their windows and doors disappear? Why is the film being presented through a video camera? The many questions to Skinamarink’s creative use of mind-boggling technicalities are where its realism is truly demonstrated.

Skinamarink is intriguing and inviting. The film may start in a boring way given the credits rolling before the film starts instead of at the end of the film. After that, however, it grasps your attention as horrors evolve when the many terrors come out of nowhere. Skinamarink is Paranormal Activity on acid and in my opinion is better than the Paranormal Activity franchise. This one puts its horror to the test, and it is a revelation.

Is there light in Skinamarink? Is there a way to prevent the horror that is happening silently? Will Kevin and Kaylie be safe? Skinamarink is imaginative in its display of ghost knowledge as it reveals more unknown fragments of unexplained spirits. Three and a half stars for Skinamarink.

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