Skip to content


“Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.”

[Philip K. Dick]


A psychological thriller about a self-admittment of Claire Foy in a clinic where her supposed stalker has utilized an insurance scam to keep her compliant. A pugnacious human being who foists herself into a week-long stint through a failure to read, a failure to articulate the situation, or simply walk out of the front door when her mother comes to visit. Instead, Foy concocts a plan with an absurd requirement for violence, trite thriller tropes that mirror back to more able works, poor writing intended to invoke as humor,  and stalker with a penchant for expedited clotting and a proficiency in playing hide-and-seek. In the end, the film jettisons the only interesting elements of insurance fraud and euthanizes itself by taking The Departed option and just killing everyone. Michael O’Sullivan (Washington Post) does not pull any punches: “a lazy, B-movie horror flick inexplicably full of A-listers.”

Like so many things Steven Soderbergh, he takes a single interesting premise, converts it into a tantalizing promotional campaign, and then delivers a disappointment that lacks the completeness and originality that was originally promised. I’ve been managing my expectations for a long time because this patter has become all too familiar (e.g. Logan Lucky, Haywire, Contagion – that said, Side Effects & Behind the Candelabra was good). The gimmick in this film is that it was entirely shot on an iPhone 7 Plus; which is perfect, since we need more citizen moviemakers turning their Apple products into an opportunity for self-promotion at the expense of able content and truth.

unsane filming

What does not disappoint is Claire Foy — playing an unyielding “young American woman with a dirty modern mouth and a mind unschooled in regal stoicism” — her post-traumatic stress disorder leaves only bodies in her wake regardless if she finds them on Tinder or through other self-destructive devices. After The Crown, Foy is poised to have a big 2018 with her parts in Damien Chazelle’s First Man and The Girl in the Spider’s Web. What remains to be seen is whether she follows in the path of Rooney Mara or Saoirse Ronan in choosing to play those roles that highlight her acting or those roles that highlight her celebrity. I hope it’s the former.

Anthony Lane (New Yorker) gets this one right:

a serious movie about mental disorder and the insurance business would be ten times clammier and more disturbing than “Unsane.”

In the proverbial words of George Costanza, Soderbergh does it again: “not showing off, not falling behind.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow us on Instagram

FILM 20: And we’re done. #RagingBull is our final film through #TheSeventies. Our favorites: “Five Easy Pieces,” “Carnal Knowledge,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Cries & Whispers,” “Sorcerer,” and “3 Women.” All #films watched available at #the_education_of_gortnacul. Now, we begin our #FrightFest a.k.a. Gortnacul Does #Halloween in 2018! We’ve got some rare modern gems from around the globe we hope will be worthwhile. Stay tuned.
#Sundance has shared their new trailer for #Jonestown: “Terror in the Jungle,” a two-night, four-part docuseries about #JimJones, the #cult leader who orchestrated the #deaths of over 900 people in 1978. The #docuseries, co-produced by #LeonardoDiCaprio, mixes archival footage with stirring recreations of life at the Guyana-based #Peoples #Temple, as well as unreleased recordings and new interviews with those who witnessed Jones prior to the “revolutionary suicide.” [SOURCE: @rollingstone]
AN EMERGING TREND. ‪#OliverStone: “frankly, I probably couldn’t do films like I used to do because the climate has changed.” ‪#SteveCarrel: ”It might be impossible to do [The Office] today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago. The climate's different.” #TheOffice #W #comedy #politicalcorrectness #groupthink #outrage #SJWs #diversity #tribalism #politics #climatechange #hollywood #pc
“#First Man—#chronologically situated between 1983’s The Right Stuff and 1995’s #Apollo 13—fills a niche in #Hollywood’s canon of #space #exploration films. It follows Neil Armstrong (#RyanGosling) through the early years of #America’s space program all the way to his fateful #Apollo 11 mission in 1969. We travel alongside Armstrong through his early #flights in supersonic jets on the very edges of #Earth’s atmosphere, the first successful docking of a #spacecraft in #orbit, and, of course, the #moon landing itself.” [SOURCE:]
%d bloggers like this: