Any Way The Wind Blows

Any Way The Wind Blows (2003)

Any Way The Wind Blows first published by Film4 Summary: Belgian musician Tom Barman’s feature debut is a multi-grained slice of Antwerp life set over 36 hours. Review: In 1999, the year that saw the release of P.T. Anderson’s Magnolia, Tom Barman decided to take time out from fronting the Belgian rock band dEUS, in order to…

The Beasts

The Beasts (As bestas) (2022) 

The Beasts (As bestas) first published by Little White Lies The Beasts (As bestas) opens with Xan Anta (Luis Zahera) and his younger brother Lorenzo (Diego Anido) wrestling to get control of a wild horse. The scene, for all its muscular violence, is shot in close-up, which makes the struggle look peculiarly intimate, with the…

Divinity

Divinity (2023)

Divinity first published by Signal Horizon Divinity begins with a birth – or something like one. An object resembling a ribcage in X-ray pulsates kaleidoscopically as a crack appears in its centre and widens, opening up and out like a dilating vagina and filling the screen with light as though the viewer had just passed…

With Love and a Major Organ

With Love and a Major Organ (2023)

“My mother used to tell me that her heart was a ball of yarn,” says Anabel (Anna Maguire) at the beginning of With Love and a Major Organ, as she retraces a line of bright red string wound around trees in a forest, like a heroine of myth or fairytale. “That it could get caught…

Draught

Draught (2022)

There can be no escape without preceding confinement. Like writer/director/DP/editor/set designer Wes Terray’s previous feature Precarious (2020), his short film Draught is a flight of fancy set in an enclosed, hermetic world. That world is a backroom of the Queensland National Bank Limited, where an accountant (Jasmine Yohai) works alone into the wee hours, confined…

Infested

Infested (Vermines) (2023)

Infested (Vermines) released on Shudder, 26 April, 2024 Sébastien Vanicek’s Infested (Vermines) opens with the image of a snake slithering over a rock, and a vehicle passing in the background. This is somewhere in North Africa, where bearded men wearing keffiyeh drive a pickup truck through the desert along what is less a road than…

On the wall Eraserhead

On the wall: Eraserhead

On the wall: Eraserhead was published by Little White Lies (print only) in 2023 as part of a series of personal reminiscences on bedroom wall movie posters It was love at first sight.  I spent my adolescence reading and re-reading Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and watching and rewatching David Lynch’s Eraserhead (1977) – the latter mostly…

Infinity Pool

Infinity Pool (2023)

Infinity Pool first published by SciFiNow, 20th March 2023 Infinity Pool begins in the dark. Novelist James Foster (Alexander Skarsgård) has just muttered something creepily nonsensical in his sleep (“You can’t feed yourself with white sand brain death”), and his wife Em (Cleopatra Coleman) asks for clarification on what his unconscious was trying to say….

The Middle Man

The Middle Man (2021)

The Middle Man first published by Sight and Sound, April 2023 Review: Adapted by its director Bent Hamer from Lars Saabye Christensen’s 2012 novel Sluk, The Middle Man is set during the Trump Presidency in the fictional Midwest town of Karmack – a once flourishing community which has of late suffered severe economic depression, and…