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…

Lost

Lost Things (2004)

Lost Things first published by VODzilla.co On their way to a secluded beach for a weekend of surfing, camping and maybe sex, four teenagers pull off the road to look at the map and try to work out where they are. “I feel like I’ve been here before,” says Brad (Charlie Garber), staring in a daze…

Shin

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Shin Godzilla first published by Little White Lies Godzilla first struck Tokyo in Ishiro Honda’s eponymous tokusatsu kaiju eiga (live-action monster movie) from 1954, in which the saurian monster from the ocean’s depths embodied the destruction and aftermath of hydrogen bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the Americans at the end of the Second World…

Erotic

Ten Erotic Films From East Asia

Ten Erotic Films From East Asia first published by Scene360 [top image: Closer to gourd? Watermelons quench desire in The Wayward Cloud] Erotic films navigate the oceans of sexual desire, no matter whether that desire is frustrated and repressed or messily fulfilled. It is a category that spans the space between explicitness and restraint, between romance and…

Turtle

The Red Turtle (2016)

The Red Turtle first published by Little White Lies In Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge), a man shipwrecked and alone on a desert island conjures for himself a companion who falls somewhere between mortal reality and imagined fantasy, and the two go on adventures together that come to define life – and…

Napping

Napping Princess (2017)

Napping Princess first published by Sight & Sound, September 2017 Review: Somnolent final-year high schooler Kokone Morikawa (voiced by Mitsuki Takahata) leads a double life. In her waking hours she struggles to grasp an image of her mother Ikumi (who died in an accident when Kokone was a baby), to work out whether she should move…

Creation

Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Annabelle: Creation first published by Sight & Sound, September 2017 Review: Sequels tends to move forward, but with Annabelle – a child-size, creepy looking porcelain doll and also a conduit for a demon looking to possess souls and spread evil – it seems that the only way is backward. Her first on-screen appearance in the 1970-set…

Knight

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight first published by Sight & Sound, August 2017 Review: “This is what the end looks like.” This line comes in the opening sequence of Transformers: The Last Knight, as men in armour fight a ferocious battle in a field in England, sometime during the Dark Ages. As King Arthur’s small band is…

The Ghoul

The Ghoul (2016)

The Ghoul first published by Sight & Sound, August 2017 Review: “People who suffer from depression often feel they’ve always felt this way. Like they’re trapped in a circle.” So says the psychotherapist Helen Fisher (Niamh Cusack) to her withdrawn, halting patient Chris (Tom Meeten). What Fisher does not realise is that Chris is an undercover…

Wellness

A Cure For Wellness (2016)

A Cure For Wellness first published by Little White Lies “Who the hell takes the waters in the twenty-first century anyway?” The speaker is an executive in a New York financial firm whose CEO Roland Pembroke (Harry Groener) has gone AWOL to a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. On the eve of a merger worth billions,…

Trash

Trash Fire (2016)

Trash Fire first published by VODzilla.co  “Do you remember when we first met?” Isabel (Angela Trimbur) asks her boyfriend Owen (Adam Grenier) towards the end of Trash Fire. “You were the biggest piece-of-shit douchebag I had ever met, I could not stand you.” When we first meet Owen, as he, in the film’s opening sequence, reveals…

Sun

Blind Sun (2015)

Blind Sun first published by VODzilla.co When asked who he is by a visitor to the house he is sitting, “No-one,” is how Ashraf Idriss (Ziad Bakri) instinctively responds. Right from the start of Joyce A. Nashawati’s feature debut Blind Sun, when a racist motorcycle policeman (Yannis Stankoglou) flags Ashraf’s car down and steals his papers,…