This quirky little British film is as much about the title character coming of age and overcoming the complexes brought on by a fraught family history as it is about horror represented by the seductive evil of the creepy Gammon family who move in to the small village where she lives. Or rather the two strands run parallel. It delivers the horror goods but not at the expense of believable characterisation. This makes a refreshing change from the mindless hard-bodied-hotties-in-danger horror features which characterise much of the American product. It is also quite funny in its satire on complacent middle England values on the one hand and the phony new-age sophistication represented by the… Read more
An understated and quietly effective ghost story set in the creepy, dark, and narrow lanes of the crumbling old city of Genoa where a grief and guilt stricken young girl encounters an apparition of the dead mother for whose death she blames herself. Though some have compared this film to "Don't Look Now", with Genoa standing in for Venice, there are also clear references to "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James. Like the latter story, whether the apparition is a subjective hallucination or is objectively real is somehow beside the point. The point is not questions as to the "reality" of the ghost but what it means to the protagonist and what the rite of passage represented by death and… Read more
This is an excellent war epic and an interesting history lesson about a neglected but important bit of twentieth century history. My ignorance of Chinese history in the year 1927 raised the tension about who wins in the end. Is the armed communist uprising in Nanchang going to succeed or not? Will history be made or will it all end in disaster for the revolutionary cause? The idealistic Chou-En Lai thinks it a good idea and sets about to organise it. Meanwhile Mao brags about his accomplishments in swimming across the River Yangstze but does not take any part in the action. Meanwhile the reactionary KMT leaders indulge in their own machinations to try to stifle the rising.