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…

Achieve

Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through The Gateway Chosen By The Holy Storsh (2018)

Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through The Gateway Chosen By The Holy Storsh first published by SciFiNow Insecure advertiser Claire (Kate Micucci) and her dim, feckless boyfriend Paul (Sam Huntington), both refugees from Ohio, cannot quite believe that the rent on their new LA digs is so low – until they realise that…

Dragged

Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

There is a sequence near the beginning of Dragged Across Concrete where ageing NYPD detective Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and his younger partner Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) are called into the office of their chief – and Brett’s former partner – Lt Calvert (Don Johnson) to be reprimanded for their conduct on a case. We…

Suspiria (2018)

Suspiria (2018)

Dance en abyme: Suspiria (2018) and reflections on rebirth Remakes always come with an in-built tension. Cleave too close to the original, and your film seems pointless. Cleave too far from it, and the film barely seems a remake. The ideal is to find a balance, somewhere between these two poles: a film that still…

Fabric

In Fabric (2018)

In Fabric opens with a montage. After a pair of scissors is seen cutting open a cardboard box to reveal a red dress within, a succession of disparate stills plays over the credits. Department store interiors. A rope-bound hand in a bed. A face at a window. Women carrying a coffin indoors. The imprint of…

Meg

The Meg (2018)

The Meg first published by Sight & Sound, October 2018 Review: Like the prehistoric shark(s) at its centre, The Meg has lain dormant for a long time. Steve Alten‘s 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror was optioned for cinematic adaptation in the year it was written, but has since languished in development hell. Finally,…

Island

Island (2017)

Island first published by Sight & Sound, October 2018 Review: Island begins with white light. This reveals itself to be a thick mist from which there faintly emerges a WightLink ferry (by coincidence named the ‘Wight Light’) arriving from Hampshire in southern England to the island which gives the film its title. Of course an…

Duplicate

Duplicate (aka Jonathan) (2018)

Jonathan (Baby Driver‘s Ansel Elgort), the protagonist of Duplicate (aka Jonathan), is a straight-laced, hard-working wannabe architect, held back from career success only by an idiosyncratic insistence upon leaving his firm early every day (supposedly to look after an ailing relative) and, after filming a video diary, going to bed – and straight to sleep –…

Keeps

What Keeps You Alive (2018)

What Keeps You Alive first published by SciFiNow Colin Minihan’s What Keeps You Alive opens with a low-angle, from-the-ground shot of treetops above, swaying in the wind – and with an anniversary. A year after they married, Jules (Brittany Allen) and diabetic Jackie (Hannah Emily Anderson) celebrate with a second honeymoon at the isolated lakeside house…

Cut

One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017)

One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) first published by SciFiNow In an already overcrowded market, Japan has more than its fair share of cheaply made, direly unoriginal zombie films, and Shin’ichirô Ueda’s One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o  tomeru na!) starts as yet another entirely unnecessary addition to this cluttered canon. After…

Fest(er)

Rest of the fest(er): FrightFest 2018 Mop-Up

Rest of the fest(er): FrightFest 2018 Mop-Up first published by SciFiNow Now that 2018’s Arrow Video FrightFest is over, here is a round-up of eight more films (The Most Assassinated Woman In The World; Book Of Monsters; Heretiks; Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires; Life After Flash; Hell Is Where The Home Is; Anna And The…

Doorway

The Devil’s Doorway (2018)

The Devil’s Doorway first published by SciFiNow Aislinn Clarke’s The Devil’s Doorway takes place during 1960 in Ireland. Father Thomas Riley (Lalor Roddy) and Father John Thornton (Ciaran Flynn) have been sent by the Vatican to investigate anonymous claims of a religious miracle that occurred in the chapel of a women’s refuge cum workhouse run by…