“Puffball: The Devil’s Eyeball”

Paleo Retiree writes:


“Rosemary’s Baby” meets “Don’t Look Now” in backcountry Ireland: creepiness, shocks, sex and hints of the supernatural in a very sophisticated, very boho package. Kelly Reilly is a yuppie architect renovating a dilapidated stone house; Miranda Richardson is the witchy head of a weird rustic neighbor family, intent on having one more child. This is one of Nicolas Roeg’s most successfully eerie and beautiful recent films, IMHO, and it features a lot of what he’s best at: elegant montages, committed and far-out performances, casually chic and charged visuals, dreamy sounds, chronology that flits about in ways that might make otherworldly sense … Even the movie’s longueurs cast a spookily erotic, avant-garde-poetry-esque spell. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. I now search out Kelly Reilly movies too. What a earthy/angelic beauty (and talent) she is.


  • An excellent visit with the very interesting Nicolas Roeg, who has his own distinct way of seeing and going about things. “He deals almost exclusively in tangents,” writes John Preston very aptly.
  • Roeg is best known for his 1974 thriller “Don’t Look Now” and for his 1976 slice of weird sci-fi, “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” which featured David Bowie’s first movie performance.
  • As much as I often enjoy his movies I also tend to max out on Roeg’s work pretty quickly. Has my enthusiasm for “Puffball” left me with enough energy to catch up with a few Roeg movies that I’m curious about but haven’t yet watched? (Here, here.) Or to read his recently-published autobiography?
  • A visit with Kelly Reilly.

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog 2Blowhards.com. Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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2 Responses to “Puffball: The Devil’s Eyeball”

  1. ricardo says:

    Walkabout is great.


  2. Pingback: Weekend Linkage | Uncouth Reflections

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