“Insidious” Review

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Insidious (2010)

‘Insidious’, directed by James Wan, the director of ‘Saw’ (2004) and ‘Dead Silence’ (2007), is one of those few psychological horror films, which are genuinely scary without sliding into the complete ridiculous or downright dullness, and which also provides for a very good entertainment in terms of fascinating subject matter, gripping plot, good acting and great sound effects.

In ‘Insidious’ the plot centres on the Lambert family, who recently moved into their new house. After Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins), a small boy, has a falling accident in the attic, and mysteriously slips into a coma, strange things start to happen in the Lambert family’s new house. When Dalton’s mother, Renai and father, Josh (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) start to investigate the causes and nature of strange apparitions and noises, they soon discover that their child’s endless sleep has more to do with the house’s haunting state than they have ever dared to guess.

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“Oscar and Lucinda” Review

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Oscar and Lucinda (1996)

‘Oscar and Lucinda’ is based on the novel by Peter Carey and tells a story of a young Australian heiress, Lucinda Leplastrier (Cate Blanchette) with the passion for glass and gambling who meets an Anglican priest, Oscar Hopkins (Ralph Fiennes), who has the same obsessions. Sharing the same trait of being quite unfit to live in the society as they know it due to their oddities, and their gambling compulsions, the two soon strike up a friendship, which soon puts to the test their obsession limits.

It can be said that this film directed by Gillian Armstrong (‘Little Women’ (1994)) is almost as odd and unique as its main characters. Rapidly going from comic to romantic, and ending up being tragic, the film covers almost every genre without losing its eccentricity. However, the film’s ‘strangeness’ and unusual style may be attributed to Peter Carey book’s content and style. The book’s narrative is more factual than descriptive, and has many ambiguous paragraphs and references.

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