Sunday, 20 April 2014

Review: The Goreys

Last week I got contacted by one of the people behind a recent web series named The Goreys. Today I finally got around to watching and I actually finished both seasons in one go. The final episode of season two should be coming out shortly, so be sure to have a look.

Much like our beloved Addams family, the Gorey family is nothing like their neighbours. Season one of this new web series starts out a lot like the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (of which it also borrows one of its lead actresses, Mary Kate Giles): Tori Gorey has to make a series of videos as a part of her therapy for social anxiety. She is one of the three Gorey sisters, who might seem like weirdos to the outside world, but in their family, the cheerleading sister is the odd one out. In the first few episodes we get to meet this lovely family of goths in a very quirky and playful atmosphere. It might all seem a bit awkward at first (the zombie in the first part might have confused me just a bit), but that vibe disappears after a couple of episodes. Soon the plot unravels but no matter what family fueds or strange supernatural creatures take the stage, the series never loses its quirky feel. However, from the first episode of season two on, the atmosphere does start to change slightly. I won't spoil anything, but the style is different and some interesting developments take place. Yet even when the situation seems bleak, the humour remains.
Generally The Goreys is a very fun and carefree web series to watch; the characters are all interesting and - speaking from a goth's perspective - actually well developed. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that every character had their own alternative style, which also made it more realistic. Some moments might come across as slightly cliché, but then again, goths can be a tad theatrical at times (maybe I should start using 'Bats!' as a curse from now on).
I would strongly recommend you have a look at these web series if you enjoy quirky shows like The Addams Family, Dark Shadows or The Munsters and if you aren't afraid of a little self-mockery. Don't expect a thick plot or heavy storylines, but do be prepared for some gothy references, hearty laughs and cringes of recognition.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

I saw this film a couple of weeks ago already, but I never found the time or energy to review it. However, I loved it enough to push my five million essays and nagging conscience aside and tell you why I loved it so much.

So, if you've been around for the last couple of years, you've probably noticed how Tom Hiddleston, and to a lesser extent, Tilda Swinton, have been appearing in a lot of films. That's why I was rather surprised when I found out that the big movie theatres in Belgium were not showing Only Lovers Left Alive. Since I really wanted to see it, we decided to go to an indie movie theatre in the centre of Brussels, which actually ended up being a very good experience. 

Only Lovers Left Alive tells the story of two ancient vampires, Adam and Eve, who have been around for longer than they can remember. Due to their incredible age, they get very bored; Adam's musical instruments no longer interest him as much and Eve has read about everything worth reading. We get to witness two vampires filled with spleen, trying to deal with the meaninglessness of immortality, each in their own way. This makes for beautiful, wistful scenes, but do not be alarmed, it's not all sad. Comic relief comes in the shape of Eve's little sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who does not care all that much about appropriate behaviour and being subtle - a vampire teenager, if you will. Some of Adam and Eve's conversations will also bring a smile to your face; they talk about historical figures, writers, musicians, and otherwise. Adam even has a wall on which he has pictures of all the people he once knew or was inspired by. 

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A final and crucial element of the film that really needs to be mentioned is the music, written mainly by Jozef van Wissem and SQÜRL. It is absolutely fantastic, but works best in the context of the film, as I found while I used it as background music the other day. The images and music together create a beautiful yet melancholic atmosphere that I couldn't even put into words if I tried; it was simply incomparable to anything I'd ever seen before. So quite simply, if you have any affinity for vampires, indie films or melancholical music at all, you should probably go see this film. You won't regret it.

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