Every body has a secret.
20161 h 26 min
Father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young "Jane Doe," they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe is one of the most terrifying modern horror films we have. Saying it is one of the scariest films ever would not be much of an exaggeration. Typically, I am not a fan of films where the villain is some unseen force. But this one was good over to get me over my prejudice. Even if, like me, you are not a fan of ghost/haunting movies, watch The Autopsy of Jane Doe. This film puts itself in Blair Witch Project and Babadook territory with how terrifying it is.
Our cast in the film is small, focusing on a father-son pair of morticians for most of the movie. Both characters are fairly normal guys who are relatable. Having a young man plus an older gentleman made for a good dynamic as their terror slowly increases. There are a few supporting characters as well, primarily the young mortician’s girlfriend and the town sheriff who has been investigating a mysterious homicide and brings the Jane Doe to the morgue. While their involvement in the film is somewhat minimal, they are still good characters who play their roles well. And then of course there is the villain of the film but not much can be said about them due to spoilers.
Many modern horror movies just try to make audiences feel disgusted. Throw a few buckets of fake blood all over the screen and add in jump scares here and there. A lot of modern cop dramas and other late air TV programs show people getting their heads blown off and being tortured five nights a week, so simple blood and guts just do not cut it anymore. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is scary because it psychologically messes with you. Audiences will spend most of the film thinking about what could be there. Is it behind the door in front of you? Or is it behind you, lurking in the shadows?
Leaving horror to the imagination is a very strong approach in this genre. For some other forms of storytelling, it is just lazy. You cannot name any timeless classics that are “choose your own ending” books for a reason. But when people are afraid, they tend to imagine whatever they fear most. You become convinced that the monster is lurking in that one particular spot. That at any second, it will jump out and grab you. And then the danger comes from somewhere you did not expect. Maybe you will not even see it coming. The film itself certainly seemed to come out of nowhere with how good it was.
Her Story. Her Stage.
20171 h 15 min
Beginning on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, “Brave Enough,” documents violinist Lindsey Stirling over the past year as she comes to terms with the most challenging & traumatic events of her life. Through her art, she seeks to share a message of hope and courage and yet she must ask herself the question, “Am I Brave Enough?” Capturing her personal obstacles and breakthrough moments during the “Brave Enough,” tour, the film presents an intimate look at this one-of- a-kind artist and her spectacular live performances inspired by real-life heartbreak, joy, and love.
Brave Enough depicts the self-made career of the electro dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling. Whereas her book, The Only Pirate at the Party, was more about Lindsey’s childhood and how she got to where she is, Brave Enough focuses more on Lindsey today. The movie is a bit easier to understand if you already know a bit about her; there is only so much you can fit into a 70-minute film. Even if you go into this film blind, it is still a phenomenal story. The way that Lindsey has built herself up, how she always gets back up no matter how many times she falls down, is truly inspiring.
In her career, Lindsey has risked everything to succeed more than once. She played violin from the age of six and tried to find her way with general music. But when classical, country, and everything else did not work, she invented her own style. As a modern star, she was able to more or less make herself thanks to the digital age. Once her videos were on YouTube they went viral and started drawing a lot of attention. This, following her quarterfinalist status on America’s Got Talent, really threw her into the limelight.
But this was not an easy journey for her; she did not win America’s Got Talent and that devastated her at the time. You have to remember that she is a young woman and was even younger (23) when all this started. Throughout her musical career, and her life in general, she has had her share of hardship. She has battled against anorexia as well as the loss of her best friend and the loss of her father. Brave Enough shows there are days where Lindsey seems at a point where most other people would break, but she keeps going.
Throughout the film, Lindsey says that she is not a naturally brave person. The way she behaves is not instinct; it is how she has shaped herself. That resolve coupled with the help of her family and friends has helped her overcome every obstacle. She has transformed from a girl who looked lost and broken to a woman who is living her dreams. Life is not something that plays out perfectly but she has played it as masterfully as she plays the violin. As Lindsey herself puts it, “We can’t block ourselves from emotion. If you numb the bad, you numb the good.” She has followed that philosophy through and through because she has found the strength to be Brave Enough.