Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Director: Peter Strickland
Writer: Peter Strickland
Cast: Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni
MPAA Rating: R
Synopsis: A mild-mannered sound engineer heads to Italy to work on a very graphic horror movie. It doesn't take long for the flick to start messing with his mind.
Thoughts: I'm sure a lot of people will think that I completely missed the point of writer/director Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio, and perhaps they're right. The movie is a slow, plodding, and frequently boring mess that desperately wants horror nerds to think it's a deep, cerebral experience. Sure, the sound design is spot-on and Toby Jones is wonderful as always, but Strickland does absolutely nothing with all the atmosphere and tension he creates. I stuck with the flick till the bitter end in hopes that all of this nonsense was building towards something profound. Unfortunately, all you're going to get is a movie for sound design aficionados and people who indiscriminately consume experiences that are mistakenly labeled as Lynchian. Berberian Sound Studio is one of the biggest disappointments I had in 2013. If you're one of the people who recommended this movie to me, then don't bother suggesting anything else.
Recipe For Disaster: A Heaping Helping of Cinematic Pretension + One Wasted Performance by Toby Jones + Confusion for the Sake of Confusion is Always Boring