UNDER THE SHADOW

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Under the Shadow is a 2016 horror film set in 1980’s war-torn Iran. A small family in a apartment building is coping with the already dangerous situation when an inexplicable presence starts to plague them. As if living in a frequently bombed city isn’t scary enough…

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A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, or for the sake of this review, AGWHAAN, is an Iranian film noir focused on a slew of deadbeats in “Bad City” whose lives all become intertwined with a young vampire. The film is beautifully shot, with the black and white giving it a gloomy tone. Between the male lead’s ’50s bad boy attitude/style and the female lead’s angst-ridden record collection at some point I was waiting for The Smiths to start playing and for them to ditch the school dance to go read poems to each other in the woods. On a scale of grindhouse to arthouse AGWHAAN definitely throws its weight more on the stylistic side, lacking the substance to make first time director Ana Lily Amirpour’s effort really hit home (similar to the trap The Neon Demon fell into). Continue reading