*Edit 10/19: the exquisite craftsmanship, respect, & incredibly thoughtful consideration that I believe went into this production has really stayed with me...like a firmly planted seed, it's effect is blossoming within my soul into what I can only describe as raw hope. The filmmakers - most of which are male - got it right. They got it so right. Without exploiting or muting the pain, isolation, trauma, & underlying trepidation that comes with simply existing as a woman in the western world.…
Lamb is masterfully crafted, sublime, cinematic art. Period. Full stop.
I've let this film marinate overnight, & that's still all I can succinctly say about its style & technique. Surprisingly, it's been much easier to digest my thoughts on & experience with the story.
Like many a classic fairy tale, Lamb employs preternatural elements to describe a common conflict, & ultimately send an unsettling, irrefutable warning. When we mistake our desires for necessity, as sine qua non for survival, the end will always justify…
Idk man. I smoked all kinds of spice at the nadir of my twenties, & it definitely never helped me with foldspace navigation. However, I did become convinced that the Saved By the Bell theme song had a slightly slower tempo in the earlier seasons compared to later ones. I imagine some, if not all, of this brain damage is permanent.
The 12yr-old girl in me still wants nothing more than for Devon Sawa to whisper-ask, "can I keep you?". & Until this is no longer my truth, I will continue to generously overrate this piece of junk.
Also, I think I'm allergic to the score. I mean, why else would this stupid movie bring me to tears?
Every. gd. TIME.
☝🏻 That's 3 / 5 Amy Brennemans
In Sugar Hill, our title character serves up sweet revenge with extra-spicy garnish on a hot plate. Mama Maitresse's 'Baron Samedi' special, to be precise. Sugar & Samedi play into stereotypes that are ignorantly assigned by common adversaries & - with a little help from the risen dead - ultimately transform these figurative chains into literal lethal force.... Merciless, clever, & classy AF.
This film's intention alone is satisfying from beginning to end, & there's plenty more to love. The effects might not hold up, but damn near everything else does.