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…

Six home releases from July 2023

Six home releases from July 2023

Six home releases from July 2023 first published by Little White Lies as entry 178 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Includes capsule reviews of: The Black Demon, Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, Thieves Like Us, O.C. and Stiggs, The Iron Prefect (Il prefetto di ferro), Golgo 13 The Black Demon (2023)  “Don’t try…

1408

1408 (2007)

1408 first published by EyeforFilm, 7 Aug 2007 “Hotels are a naturally creepy place, don’t you think?”, asks Mike Enslin (John Cusack) in Mikael Håfström’s 1408. As a limbo-like resting spot between one place and the next, the roadside inn has long been a staple of the classical ghost story, and its modern equivalent the…

Intermedium

Intermedium (2023)

Look in a dictionary, and you will find that ‘intermedium’ is an anatomical term for a small carpal or tarsal bone, or a musical term for a compositional interlude – but while Erik Bloomquist’s Intermedium, expanded from his 2019 short film of the same name and wittily scripted by Taylor Turner, features both a skeleton…

Swimming Home

Swimming Home (2024)

Swimming Home had its North American première at Tribeca, 10 Jun 2024 At the beginning of writer/director Justin Anderson’s feature debut Swimming Home, war journalist Isabel (Mackenzie Davis) and her intense, taciturn husband Josef (executive producer Christopher Abbott) have just picked up their former university professor Laura (Nadine Labaki) from the airport, and are on…

The Last Keeper

The Last Keeper (2024)

Ecosystems represent a paradox. Though sometimes imagined to be fixed Edenic biospheres which must be protected at all costs from external, introduced influences, in fact they are ever-changing structures which evolve and, in one way or another, accommodate whatever encroaches upon them. Tom Opre’s documentary The Last Keeper may be focused on the preservation of…

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch (2024)

Delicate Arch world première at Dances With Films, 28 Jun 2024 Delicate Arch opens with two apparently simple images, and then a more complicated prologue. The first image is an old cheesy TV ident for ‘KUTVNews Tonight at Ten’ on ‘NewsWatch2’, to remind us that we are viewers, that the reality we are watching comes…

Australia

Australia (2008)

Australia first published by Film4 Summary: Following his ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’, poly-hyphenate Baz Luhrmann turns to national epic, in an optimistic tale of adventure, romance, war and racial reconciliation Down Under.    Review: Way back in 1915 when D.W. Griffiths made his Civil War and Reconstruction epic The Birth of a Nation, he may have been expanding…

Six home releases from June 2023

Six home releases from June 2023

Six home releases from June 2023 first published by Little White Lies as entry 177 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Includes capsule reviews of: The Lighthouse, Red Sun (Rote Sonne), Revenge (Adauchi), Stephen King on Screen, Lady Reporter, Le Mépris (Contempt) The Lighthouse (2018) “I’m probably a figment of your imagination,” observes Thomas Wake (Willem…