The Neon Demon:…the demon of our neon world

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Written by Ariadne

My dear beloved cinefreaks,

It’s been quite a while since the last time I wrote a review regarding a movie that had opened recently in cinemas. Yesterday , I attended the premiere of a movie which I had  passionately  awaited and anticipated for , at Athens International Film Festival. My silence, my dear cinephile audience, is now broken for the arrival of the exceptional The Neon Demon.

The world of fashion has never been portrayed more attracting and compelling than in this Nicolas Winding Refn’s allegorical fable. The Neon Demon is the triumph of a sequence of visual images full of neon lights, geometric shapes and rampant, acute sounds which resonate in every Abbey Lee’s high heel step on the runway, each seemingly innocent sigh by Jena Malone, and every Elle Faning’s lock of adolescent, fresh, golden hair.

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The movie I witnessed yesterday as a deeply social and arousing film about human beings’ real essence, is not a story about a young model that comes fresh into the world of fashion filled with ambitions and aspirations, but the world we are living in, and the arrival of a new face on my stage which waves my disastrous upcoming way-out of it.

Since that, approximately, early scene where a wild beast is revealed as having rushed into Jesse’s motel room while she was away and her uncanny look through its fearless eyes and whole wilderness, we know that this is not going to be a barbie-doll tea party. Primitive instincts arise when you feel threatened; beauty, innocence and freshness are wanted, envied and desired; the neon lights and golden make-up that ornate your neck and caress your skin and shoulders shall corrupt your soul and as it seems, your literal and allegorical sparagmos will burn your enemies’ guts or nurture them stronger.

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“They say beauty is everything. Beauty is not everything… is the only thing,” and like that, Nicolas Winding Refn spoke the biggest, most unrealized and bitter truth we all tried to conceal from ourselves when looking through the mirror.

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The Neon Demon is a neon tale about the relentless pursuit of beauty in a world full of perfect replicas. It’s the pursuit of real magic in the fake Disneyland. It’s about you and the world you see around you, covered in glitter and neon advertisements.

 

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Beware !

 

Café Society (2016): A light and stylish romantic comedy but not Woody at his best.

Written by Eleanor.

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Woody Allen, in his 80s, is back with a new romantic comedy. After the latest series of movies set in Europe, Woody Allen returns to his beloved America. Even though Woody is not starring in this movie, he makes sure that the protagonist, Bobby serves as his alter ego. Set in the 1930s in Hollywood, the film follows young Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) in his attempt to find success and happiness in Hollywood. Bobby’s uncle, Phil Stern (Steve Carell), is a wealthy star agent, who introduces him to the elite of Hollywood in order to find a well-status job. In his attempt to help get to know and explore Hollywood, Phil introduces Bobby to his secretary, Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). The two of them start spending a lot of time together and Bobby falls in love with Vonnie. However, Bobby doesn’t know that his uncle is also in love with Vonnie, which makes things complicated. Who is the one that is going to have a place in Vonnie’s life? Continue reading “Café Society (2016): A light and stylish romantic comedy but not Woody at his best.”

Julieta (2016): A Story as intense as the red colour.

Written by Eleanor.

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The latest film of Pedro Almodóvar is another addition to his well-established and admirable cinematic trademark. Get ready to experience one of the most heartbreaking family drama, as intense as the red color and as complex as life itself. The theme of mother-daughter relation is here again for all of us who still enjoy diving into Almodóvar’s obsession with family dramas and the complexity and heroism within the female nature. The director’s love and admiration of the female figure and beauty is always there; multiple close-ups on female eyes, lips,  hands and feet become the windows from where we can get a glimpse of feelings and emotions. Complexity and mystery are added to the protagonist’s personality, who is one step away from a complete emotional collapse. Continue reading “Julieta (2016): A Story as intense as the red colour.”