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Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist Review


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Paul Schrader and I have a sorted history, much too long to get into at this juncture. Know this: I've written three separate articles about how big a B.S. artist I think he is, mostly based on his essays on transcendental cinema. If anything, he's made me more sensitive and acute to transcendental style, but thinking that Bresson, Dreyer, and Ozu are the only transcendental directors is preposterous. Since he's become a director, Schrader has wanted to update the style that those three directors (his heroes) established and has never really captured the feeling and the pacing of those films, especially Bresson's. He's a good director, but he's not that kind of director.

Dominion is a strange -- probably unique -- case in modern cinema. It's not a remake but rather an idea produced at almost the same time as another director, but the company preferred the other version over Schrader's. The other version was directed by the frantic Renny Harlin and was one of the worst films of last year, calling on every false move in modern horror. Schrader's doesn't have much of a differentiation in plot. Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård) resigns from the faith after witnessing an atrocity during the Holocaust and reinvents his life as an archeologist. In East Africa, he is one of the main discoverers of a buried temple, built upon a temple for pagan worshipers who specifically kneel to a demon named Pazuzu. Assisted by a young priest (Gabriel Mann), Father Merrin investigates the temple, a young man named Cheche (Billy Crawford), who might be Christ reincarnated, and a growing war between the British army and the local African tribesman.

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Romance & Rejection Review


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Mike (Reece Dinsdale) is a lonely composer looking for love in the big city (London, I guess, in this case). Only John Hannah's presence is meriting the release of this film on DVD six years after its creation.

In the end, this sad-sack melodrama/romantic comedy proves it's nothing new -- with Mike's neurotic and nerve-wracked pursuit of Clara Bellar (last seen as the Nanny robot from A.I.) taking up the bulk of the film. We're meant to find this as amusing, but Dinsdale invents Mike as such an enormously unlikable loser that I actually felt a little giddy when he kept missing the girl's phone calls.

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Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist Review


Bad
Paul Schrader and I have a sorted history, much too long to get into at this juncture. Know this: I've written three separate articles about how big a B.S. artist I think he is, mostly based on his essays on transcendental cinema. If anything, he's made me more sensitive and acute to transcendental style, but thinking that Bresson, Dreyer, and Ozu are the only transcendental directors is preposterous. Since he's become a director, Schrader has wanted to update the style that those three directors (his heroes) established and has never really captured the feeling and the pacing of those films, especially Bresson's. He's a good director, but he's not that kind of director.

Dominion is a strange -- probably unique -- case in modern cinema. It's not a remake but rather an idea produced at almost the same time as another director, but the company preferred the other version over Schrader's. The other version was directed by the frantic Renny Harlin and was one of the worst films of last year, calling on every false move in modern horror. Schrader's doesn't have much of a differentiation in plot. Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård) resigns from the faith after witnessing an atrocity during the Holocaust and reinvents his life as an archeologist. In East Africa, he is one of the main discoverers of a buried temple, built upon a temple for pagan worshipers who specifically kneel to a demon named Pazuzu. Assisted by a young priest (Gabriel Mann), Father Merrin investigates the temple, a young man named Cheche (Billy Crawford), who might be Christ reincarnated, and a growing war between the British army and the local African tribesman.

Continue reading: Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist Review

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