Split

Split (2016)

Split first published by Little White Lies In M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, three teenaged girls – Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and the more troubled Casey (Anya The Witch Taylor-Joy) – are abducted from a carpark, and find themselves imprisoned in a complex of rooms. There they must work with – or against –…

Detail

The Last Detail (1973)

The Last Detail first published by Little White Lies, as part 28 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column It opens with its protagonist, a military man who has been off combat duty for a while, receiving a mission while heavily intoxicated. Yet unlike Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, which came out six years later in 1979 and…

Alfredo

Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia first published by Little White Lies, as part 26 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column It begins with a still life – a static image of water fowl on a pond, accompanied by the gentle strumming of a Mexican folk guitar. The image comes to life as both birds and…

Metroporisu

Metropolis (Metroporisu) (2001)

Metropolis (Metroporisu) first published by Little White Lies, as part 25 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Every epoch dreams its successor,” states text at the beginning of Rintaro’s feature-length anime Metropolis (Metroporisu). This quotation from the nineteenth-century French historian Jules Michelet captures something of the film’s retrofuturist vibe, as we see Rintaro’s towering world of tomorrow…

Willie

Willie Dynamite (1974)

Willie Dynamite first published by Little White Lies, as part 27 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column In the opening scenes of Gilbert Moses’ feature debut Willie Dynamite, its eponymous protagonist (Roscoe Orman) displays all the polished veneer of success within American patriarchy. He drives a flashily modified, purple-painted car (his name emblazoned across its customised plates)…

Sadako

Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

Sadako vs. Kayako first published by VODzilla.co Sometimes to understand the present, you need to plunge headlong into history. Back on the eve of the new millennium, Hideo Nakata’s Ring (1998) would introduce the world to Sadako Yamamura, an unquiet spirit who wreaks her revenge from the world beyond via a cursed videotape. Updating traditional Japanese…

Lair

The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

The Lair of the White Worm first published by VODzilla.co “Let’s have some of that tea, Mary,” requests Lord James D’Ampton (Hugh Grant), after their search of a pothole for a corpse (whether human or monster) has yielded “nothing more sophisticated than batshit”. It’s a description which might apply equally to The Lair of the White…

Ginger

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Ginger Snaps first published by VODzilla.co Meet the Fitzgerald sisters. 15-year-old Brigitte (Emily Perkins) and 16-year-old Ginger (Katharine Isabelle), both late developers, are the only goths in suburban Bailey Downs (“a safe and caring community”), and inseparable partners in crimes of teen rebellion. They also freely indulge in their shared morbid fantasies. When they are not…

Moana

Moana (2016)

Moana first published by EyeforFilm “If you’re wearing a dress and you have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess.” These words, addressed by the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) to 16-year-old islander Moana (newcomer Auli’i Cravalho), catch out not just the chieftain’s teen daughter, but also the whole Disney machine, in self-conscious denial. Tomboyish, resourceful and fearless…

Klowns

Killer Klowns From Cinema Space

Killer Klowns From Cinema Space was first published by Little White Lies in 2016. This year [2016], Halloween has come early, and scary clowns are in the news. It started in August, when unsubstantiated reports circulated in Greenville, South Carolina of two clowns trying to lure children into an abandoned house. Then someone going by the name…

Belko

The Belko Experiment (2016)

The Belko Experiment first published by Little White Lies Welcome to Belko Enterprises. A big American office building “in the middle of nowhere” – or more precisely on the outskirts of Bogotá, Colombia – where white-collar types punch in every day to facilitate other workers getting other jobs, and in exchange for labours that they never…