Climax movie poster

No, no, Noé! When does the viewer realize that the latest shocker from French bad boy Gaspar Noé (I Stand Alone) is a not-so thinly veiled remake of Suspiria? How about in one of the opening, less tedious long takes, when a TV monitor — bounded on the west by film books and on the east by VHS tapes — displays a montage of audition reels? The only video box that’s spine out, face up, and aimed directly at the camera is the one housing the Dario Argento cult classic. (In this case it’s a spiked punch bowl, not a coven of witches, that eats away at our dancing darlings.) The rest is a ballet of well-choreographed disgust that more often than not yields gales of unintentional snickers. (The frequent cutaways to the tripping tyke locked in a supply closet were the film’s one redeeming facet.) The director may have been targeting Suspiria, but his bombs landed closer to French Idol, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, or an episode of Fame. 2019.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, March 25

11:40am, 2:05pm, 4:35pm, 7:05pm, 9:35pm

Tuesday, March 26

11:40am, 2:05pm, 4:35pm, 7:05pm, 9:35pm

Wednesday, March 27

11:40am, 2:05pm, 4:35pm, 7:05pm, 9:35pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

Saturday, March 23

9:30pm

Sunday, March 24

9:30pm

Monday, March 25

9:30pm

Tuesday, March 26

9:30pm

Wednesday, March 27

9:30pm

Thursday, March 28

9:30pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

Saturday, March 23

9:30pm

Sunday, March 24

11:40am, 9:30pm

Monday, March 25

11:40am, 9:30pm

Tuesday, March 26

11:40am, 9:30pm

Wednesday, March 27

11:40am, 9:30pm

Thursday, March 28

11:40am

Comments

SalULloyd March 15, 2019 @ 10:37 p.m.

When it comes out on DVD, I'll put it next to my copy of "Irreversible," "Martyrs," and "High Tension." lol

0

Scott Marks March 16, 2019 @ 7:33 a.m.

All you need is "I Stand Alone." The others pale in comparison.

0

Sign in to comment

Let’s Be Friends

Subscribe for local event alerts, concerts tickets, promotions and more from the San Diego Reader

Close