Steady

Rock Steady Row (2018)

Rock Steady Row first published by SciFiNow First there was Bicycle Thieves (1948); then Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Messenger (1994), Beijing Bicycle (2001) and Stray Dogs (2004); and now there is a new kid on the block. seeking – and earning – initiation into the exclusive fraternity of films about stolen bicycles. Bikes and their theft…

Dementia

Dementia Part II (2018)

Dementia Part II first published by SciFiNow If Mike Testin’s Dementia (2015) was a serious, slow-burning domestic thriller in which an ageing, demented Vietnam War hero is revisited by his questionable past in the form of a vindictive bunny-boiling home carer, then Dementia Part II – co-directed by Testin and its star Matt Mercer – is…

Laid

Death Laid An Egg (La morte ha fatto l’uovo) (1968)

Death Laid An Egg first published by Sight & Sound, Nov 2018 “Now we want to try to conceptualise the chicken as the principal actor in the drama of modern life,” says advertising agent Mondaini (Jean Sobieski). “We’ll take them by surprise with an approach that’s absolutely new, that’s newer than tomorrow, preposterously new.” Mondaini’s…

Possum

Possum (2018)

Possum first published by Sight & Sound, November 2018 Review: There is a subgenre of cinema – the ‘muttering man movie’ – in which an extremely alienated, barely articulate male is caught claustrophobically in an environment that reflects his inner states, both concealing and exposing the secrets of a damaged psyche. Key examples include David…

Mandy

Mandy (2018)

Mandy first published by Sight & Sound, Nov 2018 Review: It is hard to define what constitutes a cult film, as the label typically refers not so much to content as to the kind of niche yet devoted audience that a film has acquired over time: adoring hipsters who happily return to the scene of…

Luff

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (2018)

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn first published by Sight & Sound, November 2018 Review: The title of Jim Hosking’s follow-up feature to The Greasy Strangler (2016) both references a reflexive entertainment-within-an-entertainment, and promises a uniquely pleasurable experience that, like the happiness of the films’ characters, keeps getting deferred. Posters have appeared all over town…

Witness

The Witness (Mok-gyeok-ja) (2018)

This is the text of my introduction to The Witness for the London Korean Film Festival on the 6th November The special focus of this year’s London Korean Film Festival is A Slice of Everyday Life. Now you might expect a straight-up genre film to be the last place for ordinary life to get a look in…

Matchmaker

The Princess and The Matchmaker (Gung-hap) (2018)

This is the text for my introduction to a screening of The Princess and the Matchmaker at the London Korean Film Festival on the 4 November Hong Chang-pyo’s feature debut The Princess and the Matchmaker is a period film about stars, political harmonisation, and sexual liberation. Let’s start with the stars. Set in 1753, during King Yeonjo’s…

Mirai

Mirai (Mirai no Mirai) (2018)

Mirai reviewed exclusively for Projected Figures Aged just four, and keen to be like the bigger boys, Kun (voiced by Moka Kamishiraishi) has removed the training wheels from his brand new pushbike, and after a couple of abortive attempts, has learnt to ride unaided. “Children are incredible!” exclaims Kun’s amazed father (Gen Hoshino) to his wife…

Malacostraca

Malacostraca (2018)

Malacostraca  To get their minds off some unspecified friction, a couple is sunbathing at a lakeside spot, when the half-asleep Chris (Charlie Pecoraro) sees a crayfish crawl to his slumbering wife Sophie (Amber Marie Bollinger), and in an impressionistic montage of critter POV shots and close-ups of Sophie’s aroused face (Cattet & Forzani-style), a monstrous…

Bodied

Bodied (2017)

Bodied first published by SciFiNow “This is the one you’ve been waiting for…”, goes the first line heard in Bodied, reflecting the precise thoughts of those of us who have been waiting six long years since Joseph Kahn’s postmodern meta slasher Detention (2011) knocked us sideways  – or 13 years for those lost folk who missed…