Yakin’s sinuous, passionate indie is as entrancing as it’s daring. A companion piece to last yr’s excellent The Cold Blue, Erik Nelson’s Apocalypse ’forty five imparts a striking sense of WWII chaos and carnage via newly unearthed and restored material shot throughout America’s marketing campaign towards the Japanese within the Pacific theater. The vivid footage that comprises the entirety of Nelson’s non-fiction portrait is downright stunning, be it of troopers crouched behind sandy dunes upon arriving at Iwo Jima, or aerial dogfights which might be depicted through the POV of fighter planes’ gun turrets.
Epitomized by Jane’s assembly with a cruelly calculating human assets rep (Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen), whose threats are all the more harrowing for being each implied and logical, it’s a portrait of sexism’s many insidious types. No matter that her characters are affected by malevolent supernatural forces, Natalie Erika James’ directorial debut is a thriller with grimly … Read More