Days

2 Days In New York (2011)

2 Days In New York first published by Film4 Summary: Julie Delpy’s sequel to 2 Days In Paris is a witty, irreverently coarse cross-cultural comedy about divorce, ageing and endings.  Review: “Maybe this is a little too much,” declares Mingus (Chris Rock) to live-in girlfriend Marion (Julie Delpy) near the beginning of 2 Day In New…

Paris

2 Days In Paris (2007)

2 Days In Paris first published by Film4 Summary: Julie Delpy’s second feature as director is a risqué post-romantic comedy set in the City of Love. Review: In 2004, acclaimed actress Julie Delpy was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing Richard Linklater’s wonderful Before Sunset (in which she also starred). In the meantime, Delpy had been…

Headless

The Headless Woman (La mujer sin cabeza) (2008)

The Headless Woman (La mujer sin cabeza) first published by EyeforFilm “Don’t worry. Nothing happened.”  So says Juan Manuel (Daniel Genoud) after his cousin Véronica (María Onetto) has declared her conviction that she has struck and possibly killed a boy while out driving by a canal. By this point, about halfway through The Headless Woman…

Skin

In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) (2002)

In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) first published by Movie Gazette Esther (Marina de Van) is a dedicated and successful research analyst, thinking about buying an apartment together with her boyfriend Vincent (Laurent Lucas). One night, bored at a party, Esther wanders out into the building site outside, where she trips and falls over. Returning…

Surveillance

Surveillance (2008)

Surveillance first published by Little White Lies At the core of Surveillance is Stephanie (Ryan Simpkins), an eight-year-old girl who has witnessed “some things children shouldn’t see”, and who has been ignored ever since by every adult she has tried to tell. She might even, at a stretch, be regarded as a figure for the…

Wendy

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

Wendy and Lucy first published by EyeforFilm “I’m lost”. They are the words that Wendy (Michelle Williams) writes on makeshift posters, alongside a picture of her missing dog Lucy – and they are words that apply equally to herself, and more broadly, to America’s dispossessed underclass.  En route from Indiana to Alaska hoping to get…

Forest

The Black Forest (2019)

The Black Forest first published by EyeforFilm There have been two recent films called The Black Forest, only one of which was horror. You might expect the horror film to have been this one, written and directed by Ruth Platt, not least because her feature debut was The Lesson (2015), a highly literate take on the prison-house…

Kursk

Kursk: The Last Mission (2018)

Kursk: The Last Mission first published by Little White Lies As the opening credits – white on a blank black background – roll, we hear watery sounds, and a gasping inhalation. Young Misha (Artemiy Spiridonov) appears in medium close-up, completely underwater, and the arm of Mikhail Averin (Matthias Schoenaerts) moves in front of his face…

Sticks

Cat Sticks (2019)

Cat Sticks first published by EyeforFilm “This is to call my dead friends back from the night.” After this text that suggests first-time writer/director Ronny Sen has a similarly personal relationship to his material as Philip K. Dick had to his A Scanner Darkly, and after title credits accompanied by abstractly animated rainfall, Cat Sticks…

Opera

Opera (1987)

Opera first published by Little White Lies, as the 74th instalment of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “This time our director OD’d on weird,” says wardrobe mistress Giulia (Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni) in Dario Argento’s Opera. “It isn’t like the movies. There if you come up with something original, everyone congratulates you.” Giulia is complaining about the transition…

Punch

Blood Punch (2014)

Blood Punch first published by VODzilla.co The trapped-in-a-time-loop narrative of Harold Ramis’ existential comedy Groundhog Day (1993) easily and obviously lends itself, in all its infernal dynamics, to more horror-oriented handling. Recently Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day (2017), its sequel Happy Death Day 2U (2019) and the Netflix series Russian Doll (2019) have popularised this…