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…

Banshun

Late Spring (Banshun) (1949)

Late Spring (Banshun) first published by Little White Lies Yasujiro Ozu‘s Late Spring opens just outside the Kita-Kamakura Station, a place of (locomotive) stasis and motion marked by a signpost written in both the local Japanese and the English of the recent occupiers, as a breeze stirs through the surrounding trees.  This wind of change will bring with…

Crowhurst

Crowhurst (2017)

Crowhurst first published by Sight & Sound, May 2018 Review: It begins near its end, with Donald Crowhurst (Justin Salinger) being informed by radio that he has just won the Golden Globe Trophy. This ought to be great news, but the look of grave horror on the mariner’s face is recognisable as the very same crestfallen…

Titan

The Titan (2018)

The Titan first published by Sight & Sound, May 2018 Review: “We did it!” declares Professor Collingwood (Tom Wilkinson) near the end of Lennart Ruff’s feature debut The Titan. “We stole fire from the gods!”   Collingwood’s words evoke the Greek myth of Prometheus, the Titan who indeed stole divine fire, gifting it to humanity as an…

Lowlife

Lowlife (2017)

Lowlife first published by SciFiNow A man in a luchador’s red mask (Ricardo Adam Zarate) sits in medium shot, staring right into the camera, telling his tale in Spanish. He is the latest inheritor of the title El Monstruo, from a long patriarchal line of near mythic Mexican champions of the people. Abandoned to the slums…

Still/Born

Still/Born (2017)

Still/Born first published by SciFiNow Still/Born begins with both a birth and a still birth, as young mother Mary (Christie Burke) delivers Adam, only to realise in horror that his identical twin Thomas is dead on arrival. Yet the mannered forward-slash punctuation that splits the film’s title (like in Marat/Sade, Face/Off and Frost/Nixon) also betokens other…

Cured

The Cured (2017)

The Cured first published by SciFiNow  Where most zombie films take place at the beginning or in the middle of an undead outbreak, David Freyne’s feature debut takes place in the aftermath. For, as its very title implies, The Cured concerns the challenges presented by attempts to reintegrate into a raw, ravaged community those who have…

Mansfield

Mansfield 66/67 (2017)

Mansfield 66/67 first published by SciFiNow In the Sixties, Marilyn Monroe’s one-time rival Jayne Mansfield was a falling starlet, better known for her off-screen antics and wardrobe malfunctions than for her on-screen appearances, and on June 29, 1967, her life, already metaphorically a car wreck, ended in a real one. This was only a year after…

Ebbing

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri first published by RealCrime Magazine Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is fearless and angry. It has been seven months since her daughter Angela was ‘raped while dying’ in the (fictional) town of Ebbing, and now Mildred has decided to rent three billboards to advertise the lack of progress in the police investigation,…

Cronos

Cronos (1993)

Cronos first published by VODzilla.co The events of Cronos span three time periods (indeed, the title means ‘times’ in Spanish). The prologue, narrated by Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, briefly opens in 1536 with an alchemist in Veracruz forging a mechanism (the ‘Cronos device’) said to grant its owner immortality; it then skips to 1937, when an…

Vanish

Before We Vanish (2017)

Before We Vanish first published by SciFiNow Kiyoshi Kurosawa is no stranger to humanity’s end.  Apocalypses closed his Charisma and Pulse, and now his Before We Vanish promises the same right from its title – even if the original Japanese title, Sanpo suru shinryakusha, literally means ‘strolling invaders’. Indeed, it tells its story of alien invasion…

Antichrist

Antichrist (2009)

Antichrist first published by Film4 Summary: Maverick Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier tells a traumatic tale of mental and marital breakdown in the deep, dark woods. Review: “There is nothing atypical about your grief”, declares an unnamed cognitive therapist (Willem Dafoe) to an unnamed patient (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who also happens to be his wife, and whose grief is,…