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…

Chaw

Chaw (2009)

Chaw first published by Little White Lies Forget the cutesy porkers of Babe (1995) or Charlotte’s Web (2006) – there is nothing quite like a really big pig to remind us of our place on the food chain. The first porcine nature’s revenger, Razorback (1984), was also the runt of the litter, but at least it…

Pig

Pig Hunt (2008)

Pig Hunt first published by Little White Lies John Hickman (Travis Aaron Wade) and a trio of his military-obsessed friends (dubbed ‘the morons’) are heading from San Francisco to the backwoods of North California for a weekend of male bonding and pig hunting – with John’s resourceful girlfriend Brooks (Tina Huang) tagging along to keep their…

No Country

No Country For Old Men (2007)

No Country For Old Men first published by EyeforFilm “I was sheriff of this county when I was 25 years old. My grandfather was a lawman. Father too…” The voice-over that opens No Country For Old Men is a nostalgic plea for tradition, as well as an elegiac recognition of its passing into oblivion. As he…

Cohen

King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017)

King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen first published by SciFiNow The documentary King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen comes with a certain anxiety about oblivion. First there is that title, modelled on the self-consciously lurid form of Mark Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold World of Ozploitation! (2008),…

Promise

Promise (2017)

“There must be another way,” says Abe (Nabil Elouahabi) in Promise. “He was our child.” Abe and his wife Sarah (Rebecca Callard) have been trying to have a baby for years, but Sarah lacks progesterone, and has recently miscarried. So the interracial couple makes a reciprocal agreement with Syrian refugee Hajar (Lara Sawalha): if she…

Images

Images (1972)

Images first published by Little White Lies, as the 54th instalment in my Cinema Psychotrunicum column  “In Search of Unicorns – a book for children,” intones author Cathryn (Susannah York) in voiceover at the beginning of Robert Altman’s Images (the title appearing in modest lower case), before narrating the events of the latest fiction that she…

Prodigy

Prodigy (2017)

Prodigy first published by SciFiNow “Children like games.” The term ‘prodigy’ is often used of young children who can beat even skilled adults at chess. Accordingly in Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal’s feature debut of the same name, chess has a prominent part, although the gamesmanship involved is used not to confer dominance, but to expose…

Annihilation

Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation first published by VODzilla.co Lena (Natalie Portman) is both a soldier and a scientist. This might, as the psychologist Dr Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) suggests, make Lena perfectly suited for the expedition that these two are undertaking with three other women: physicist Josie Radek (Tessa Thompson), geomorphologist Cassie Sheppard (Tuva Novotny) and paramedic Anya Thoronsen…

Vigalondo

Nacho Vigalondo on Timecrimes and playing the voyeur

Nacho Vigalondo interview first published by Little White Lies So intricately constructed and joyously executed was Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo’s first film, a black-and-white tragic musical romance entitled 7:35 In The Morning, that it earned itself an Academy nomination for Best Short in 2005, only to be criminally robbed of the Oscar on the night. Now, with…

Timecrimes

Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes) (2007)

Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes) first published by Film4 Synopsis: Writer/director/actor Nacho Vigalondo‘s multi-award-winning feature debut is a twisty time-traveling thriller with a noirish morality at its core.  Review:  While a car is in motion, its boot swings open, leaving behind a scattered wake of shopping bags – and so the driver gets out and heads back to clean up…