On Construction of Meaningful Cinematic Drama through Character Flaws

Given the upcoming slew of holiday dramas, romantic comedies, and more, I’ve had a lot of thoughts on an issue facing the majority of them: the lack of meaningful drama. Granted, the purpose of these romcoms is to not push the edge and to make some guaranteed cash around the holiday season, especially in North America where holiday struggles are a nearly universal experience for people. So, theme perhaps made more tangential, what is it that makes a good drama?

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Thoughts on “The Lodge (2019)”

Billed as an “arthouse horror” film, The Lodge (2019) certainly puts forth the effort of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. However, while the film has its merits, it certainly falls short of doing anything spectacular, even though it still has its moments and redeeming qualities. Why did this film fall short in comparison to instant classics like Ari Aster’s Hereditary and Midsommar, or Robert Egger’s The Witch? Let’s explore.

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