Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 74: Thu Mar 17

Under The Silver Lake (Mitchell, 2018): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.30pm

This presentation is part of a David Robert Mitchell season. Full details here.

Time Out review: The fog is thick in ’Under the Silver Lake’ – not the funk of pot smoke (though there is some of that) nor of bad weather. Rather, it’s the profound confusion located somewhere behind Andrew Garfield’s brow: His unkempt character, Sam, prowls the streets like a Scooby-less Shaggy in search of answers to a riddle he only half comprehends. Hypnotic, spiraling and deliriously high on its own supply of amateur-sleuth movie references, writer-director David Robert Mitchell’s deeply personal follow-up to his relentless meta-horror film ‘It Follows’ vaults him into ‘Big Lebowski’ territory, by way of several Lynchian side streets. It’s the kind of raggedy-ass thriller that only gets made when a young filmmaker, emboldened by success, moves past virtues of concision, hoping to summon the full, meandering spell of a paranoid dream. Don’t hold it against him. (Extended review here) Joshua Rothkopf

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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