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…

Agatha

St Agatha (2018)

St Agatha first published by SciFiNow With Aislinn Clarke’s The Devil’s Doorway, Paul Hyett’s Heretiks and Corin Hardy’s The Nun all enjoying their premières in rapid succession, 2018 would appear to be the year that sees nunsploitation returning with a vengeance. Not that St Agatha, the latest from genre director Darren Lynn Bousman (Abattoir, 2016; Repo!…

Videoman

Videoman (Videomannen) (2018)

Videoman (Videomannen) first published by SciFiNow “I feel like King Kong in New York,” says Ennio Midena (Stefan Sauk) to Simone Karlsson (Lena Nilsson) in Kristian A. Söderström’s Videoman (Videomannen), “I should have been extinct a long time ago.” Ennio is a fish out of water in more ways than one. A ‘flat broke’ migrant who…

Dark

The Dark (2018)

The Dark first published by SciFiNow Out on the periphery of a rural community, in an area known ominously as Devil’s Den, there is a derelict house – long ago a family’s home – storied among locals as a place where curious trespassers end up “torn to pieces”. It even draws the odd ghoulish tourist from…

Darkly

Through a glass darkly: Cult Of Terror, Wolfman’s Got Nards, FrightFest: Beneath The Dark Heart of Cinema

Through a glass darkly: three documentaries about horror’s cult audience at Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: Cult of Terror, Wolfman’s Got Nards, FrightFest: Beneath The Dark Heart of Cinema. Frist published by SciFiNow. This year’s FrightFest features three documentaries that hold up a mirror to the festival audience. For Cult of Horror, Wolfman’s Got Nards and…

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…