Diane (2018)

Director: Kent Jones
Writer: Kent Jones
Cast: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Estelle Parsons, Andrea Martin, Deirdre O’Connell, Glynnis O’Connor, Joyce Van Patten, Kerry Flanagan, Phyllis Somerville, Celia Keenan-Bolger
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 6.11.2018

Diane (Mary Kay Place) spends most of her time taking care of others, at least when she isn’t trying to connect to her son Brian (Jake Lacy) who has been addicted to drugs for a long time. But she can’t convince him to seek professional help. As she fills her days delivering food here, visiting her cousin Dottie (Deirdre O’Connell) in the hospital, and meeting up with her neighbors, her past keeps catching up with her, though.

Diane starts off well enough, but once we delve a little deeper into Diane’s motivation, the movie did start to annoy me – despite some excellent things about it.

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Black Christmas (1974)

Black Christmas
Director: Bob Clark
Writer: Roy Moore
Cast: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, Lynne Griffin
Part of: /slash Filmfestival Christmas Special

Christmas is just around the corner and the Pi Kappa Gamma sorority house is emptying. Only Barb (Margot Kidder), Jess (Oivia Hussey) and Phyl (Andrea Martin) are staying behind with their house mother Mrs Mac (Marian Waldman). But before everybody leaves, they are having a party which is rudely interrupted by an obscene phone call. The caller – Billy – has been calling for a while, but this time, Barb talks back. And then all hell breaks loose as girls start disappearing around and in the sorority.

Black Christmas is a slasher/stalker classic and that for a reason. It has some excellently creepy moments and a fantastic Margot Kidder to keep you engaged.

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