The Conjuring 2

conjuring_2The Conjuring 2 (2016) – 7/10

James Wan knows what scares you.

Darker than dark corners; moldy, chipping paint and decaying armchair; flooded basement; creaky stairs; dingy walls – this is public housing.  Does that mean the family isn’t supposed to clean it or report maintenance issues?

Are they just asking for a supernatural visitation of the most evil kind? Or is their fate aligned with the demon – they are all vulnerable and isolated.  There is the obligatory child sized tent – a portal for the demon to harass the nerves.

Imagery is muted colours and decrepit surroundings – perfect place for co-habitation – demon and human.   The crooked man. Tension builds to an almost unbearable level- ‘don’t go down there alone!’

Warrens – nice to see their relationship develop a bit more.  They are really driven and brave.  Strengths – ability, trust, determination, love, fatalistic.

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Calvary

Calvary_movieposterCalvary (2014) – 8/10

This is not Father Ted country.  Don’t make that mistake when you see the sublime Irish countryside and rocky coast. Calvary is where THE crucifixion took place.  It’s where Father James (Brendan Gleeson) accepts the blame.

Deep and disturbing themes but the dialogue is so intelligent.   Father James is a masterful communicator.  Thoughtful, compassionate and responsive.  I’d like to see another nice person who lives in that town.  Why are they all so cynical and mean?

The foreign woman whose husband dies. Interesting exchange, a light for Father James.  His love for his daughter.  A hard lesson in forgiveness. Ultimately, a man with faith in his vocation. Is it misdirected?

Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh.