The Stylist (2020)

The Stylist first published by “I guess we all want what we don’t have,” says Claire (Najarra Townsend), admiring her hair in the mirror near the beginning of The Stylist. Except that it is not really her hair, and these are not even her words. For so damaged, so empty, is Claire”s sense of…


Me And You And Everyone We Know (2005)

Me And You And Everyone We Know first published by EyeforFilm Guy meets girl, sparks fly, and, after the intervention of various disruptions and impediments, finally guy and girl get together. What sounds like the convention-bound plotting of just about any romantic comedy (a genre second only to porn in its fantasy-fuelled predictability) becomes, in…


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…

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #2

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #2 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) Titles featured: Bait, Some Kind of Hate, Deathgasm, Future Shock!The Story of 2000AD, Night of the Living Deb, Contracted: Phase II FrightFest has finally achieved the greatest accolade that can ever be conferred on a genre festival: it was picketed by politely determined Christian fundamentalists,…


Contracted (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks Samantha (Najarra Townsend) is a woman in transition. She is a lesbian caught between her still beloved ex Nikki (Katie Stegeman), her adoring best friend Alice (Alice MacDonald) and her less welcome admirer Riley (Matt Mercer). She is a former addict trying to stay on the straight and narrow….