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…

Handling the Undead

Handling the Undead (Håndtering av udøde) (2024)

Handling the Undead (Håndtering av udøde, 2024) Near the beginning of Handling the Undead (Håndtering av udøde), Eva (Bahar Pars) tries to get the attention of her young adult daughter Flora (Inesa Dauksta), but Flora is thoroughly and rudely absorbed by the video game she is playing. This game, a shooter in which the player’s…

Feast

Feast (2005)

Feast first published by Film4 Summary: John Gulager’s feature debut is a monster movie with genre-savvy bite to match its big, blood-stained teeth.    Review: “C’mon, gimme some action!”, yells Bozo (Balthazar Getty), an all-round ‘asshole’ looking for yet another sucker to hustle at pool in the local redneck bar – and action is not long in coming….

Sci-Fi-London 2023

Inner and outer spaces: Sci-Fi-London 2023

Inner and outer spaces: Sci-Fi-London 2023 first published by SciFiNow in separate parts – 31 May, 1 June, 2 June, 3 June, 4 June, 5 June, 6 June – but here reunified into a single preview piece as originally written Includes capsules of: UFO Sweden, Phi 1.618, Cade: The Tortured Crossing, Deep Astronomy and the…

Darkness of Man

Darkness of Man (2024)

“If I had to tell myself how I got here, just like every story, it started with a girl.” To the accompaniment of these words in voiceover, James Cullen Bressack’s Darkness of Man begins near its end. For the speaker is Interpol agent Russell Hatch, who lies supine on the ground, bleeding and dying from…

JCVD

JCVD (2008)

JCVD first published by musicOMH, 30 Jan 2009 This truly is a postmodern age. Everyone got their 15 minutes of fame in the body of John Malkovich (played gamely by himself) in Being John Malkovich (1999). A woman (played by Julia Roberts) managed to blag her way into a luxury hotel owing to her resemblance…

Into the Blue

Into the Blue (2005)

Into the Blue first published by EyeforFilm, 21 Oct 2005 In the Bahamas, unemployed boatman Jared (Paul Walker) dreams of finding sunken treasure, but when he and his loving girlfriend Sam (Jessica Alba) are visited for the weekend by their friend Bryce (Scott Caan) and Bryce’s latest pick-up Amanda (Ashley Scott), the four chance upon…

The Valiant Ones

The Valiant Ones (Zhong lie tu) (1975)

The Valiant Ones (Zhong lie tu) is available on Blu-ray from 27 May via Eureka! Video “We didn’t know we were in the same line of business,” says a brigand who, posing as a mobile drink vendor, turns on his customers in the woods, only to be outfought by them and overpowered. In fact Colonel…

Furiosa

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)

Over the course of the franchise that bears his name, ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky has been on something of a journey: from a cop who, after a gang murders his wife and child, speeds down a path of vengeance, breaking bad as the society around him breaks down, to a post-apocalyptic ‘warrior of the wasteland’ surviving…

Realm of Shadows

Realm of Shadows (2024)

Realm of Shadows opens with portentous text about the ‘Dagger of Destiny‘, said to have pierced Jesus’ side, and to grant powers of world conquest to whoever, male or female, possesses it, in the service of either good or evil. Then the voice of the unseen Father Dudley (Tony Todd) can be heard saying, “I…

Sasquatch Sunset

Sasquatch Sunset (2024)

Sasquatch Sunset opens with a literal fulfilment of its title’s promise: after a montage of deep forest locations, a family of four sasquatch – the alpha (Nathan Zellner), his mate (Riley Keough), a younger male (Jesse Eisenberg) and a child (Christophe Zajac-Denek) – is seen to emerge, and to traverse a mountain ridge, silhouetted by…

Go

Go (2001)

Go first published by Little White Lies, as entry 176 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Isao Yukisada’s Go has three beginnings. The first is a text quote from Shakespeare: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Coming from Romeo and Juliet, this suggests that…