Welcome to Projected Figures

If you have come to Projected Figures expecting accountancy, you are in the right place. Accountancy is what film writers do: counting minutes, counting words, reducing all cinema’s abstract expressions to calibrations,  evaluations and calculated formulae on a simplified, and simplifying, worksheet. Critics, you see, operate a kind of reverse-alchemy, transforming vibrant sights and sounds into bland verbiage and, if you’re…

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Just One Drink (2015)

First published by EyeforFilm “The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.” This quote from Plato, appearing in text form at the beginning of writer/director/producer Andrew de Burgh’s Just One Drink, also establishes the short film’s central theme: the ambiguous guises of righteousness that injustice can adopt. We also…

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Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016)

First published by Little White Lies There’s no turning back. Alice Through The Looking Glass opens in 1874, with Alice Kingsleigh aboard her father’s ship The Wonder, being forced by pursuing pirate ships to pass, impossibly, through the rocky Straits of Malacca. A full year later (with text precisely calibrating time’s passage), Alice is back…

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Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

First published by Little White Lies Let’s go back to the beginning. In 1994, Blizzard Entertainment released its real-time strategy game Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, in which orcs from the world of Draenor used a magical trans-dimensional portal to invade the human world of Azeroth. Its success led to two sequels – but it was…

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Chills And Thrills: Korean Film Nights 2017

Each year the London Korean Cultural Centre holds several mini-seasons of films – and this year’s first mini-season, Chills and Thrills, will be devoted to contemporary horror, Korean style. Everyone has heard of J-horror, but its Korean equivalent, K-horror, has certainly kept pace, while developing its own distinctive voice and character. Long before Hideo Nakata’s…

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The Mohican Comes Home (2016)

“Get sick and die!” yells mohican-sporting Eikichi Tamura (Ryuhei Matsuda) into the mic as he sings onstage before a club full of headbangers. Despite the energy and vitality of the performance, there is a strong sense of mortality clinging to this opening scene from Shuichi Okita’s The Mohican Comes Home (Mohican Kokyo ni Kaeru). Eikichi fronts…

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The Pass (2016)

First published by Sight & Sound, January 2017 Review: In the ninth book of Homer’s Iliad, the great Greek hero Achilles – homosexual in some versions of the myth, but not in Homer’s – reveals that he has been given a choice between two destinies: a short life with everlasting glory, or a long life of…

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The Dead Next Door (1989)

First published by Little White Lies as part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column Horror may have hit the doldrums in the early Nineties, but its resurrection came in the postmodern movement which was spearheaded by Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) and Scream (1996) and then run into the ground by a whole series of other…

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Suture (1993)

First published by Little White Lies as part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “How is it that we know who we are?” ask psychiatrist Dr Shinoda (Sab Simono) in voiceover at the beginning of Suture. As he continues to discuss the deeply ingrained sense of personal identity, remaining in place no matter how confusing or…

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That Cold Day In The Park (1969)

First published by Little White Lies, as part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column On that cold day in the park in Vancouver, well-dressed Frances Austen (Sandy Dennis) passes a bench where an unnamed Boy (Michael Burns) sits and shivers. Frances is on her way to her well-appointed parkside apartment, where she is to host a…