Under the Silver Lake
ALT | Altered States
When his neighbour (Riley Keough) disappears without a trace, Sam’s (Andrew Garfield) bumbling investigation sends him spiraling down a La La Land rabbit hole into seedy realms, corridors of obscene power and stranger places still. Liberated from the Spider-Man leotard, Garfield is a joy to watch, serving as an ideal surrogate for the audience as he confronts every delirious plot development—an audience with an Oz-like songwriter (Jeremy Bobb) who’s secretly steered every movement in pop music; entry into the sanctum of a paranoid zine writer (Patrick Fischler); evading a predatory owl woman (Karen Nitsche)—initially with a quizzically cocked eyebrow but increasingly with a sense of profound unease. As Sam questions whether it’s all connected or he’s coming apart at the psychological seams, it’s evident that David Robert Mitchell has let It Follows’ towering success go to his head in the best possible way.
"Percolating with hazy menace, David Robert Mitchell’s inspired neo-noir joins the ranks of filmdom’s lovably loopy L.A. stories… Hypnotic, spiraling and deliriously high on its own supply of amateur-sleuth movie references, [Mitchell’s] deeply personal follow-up to his relentless meta-horror film It Follows vaults him into Big Lebowski territory, by way of several Lynchian side streets."—Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out