Somnium

Somnium (2024)

Somnium world première at Chattanooga Film Festival, 22 June 2024 “So, what is it y’all do here?” asks Gemma Solomon (Chloë Levine, excellent as ever), newly come from her small town in South Georgia to Los Angeles where, like so many before her, she hopes to make her fortune as an actress. Gemma’s question is…

Assassin(s)

Assassin(s) (1997)

Assassin(s) first published by Film4 Summary: Mathieu Kassovitz follows up La Haine with a modern history of violence, in this contemporary parable of an ageing hitman and his young apprentice(s). Review: In 1995, with only a few short films and the little known feature Métisse (1993) to his name, actor/director Mathieu Kassovitz suddenly arrived, taking viewers…

Arthur and the Invisibles

Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys) (2006)

Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys) first published by Film4 Summary: Set in (and beneath) a rural America of the early sixties, Luc Besson’s film is a part-animated fairytale adventure for children. Review: When Luc Besson announced that his latest directorial feature, Arthur and the Invisibles, was also to be his last, initially it seemed…

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On (2021)

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On first published by VODzilla.co, 17 Jun 2023 In the past, whenever couple Mark (Thomas Mann) and Larissa (Rose Salazar) got into a shouting match, the shells and other miniature life forms with which they unwittingly shared their home would flee to the sock drawer for cover. Which is to…

The Seeding

The Seeding (2023)

The Seeding first published by SciFiNow, timed with its world première at Tribeca 2023 Writer/director Barnaby Clay’s feature debut opens with a peculiar pairing of scenes that set the tone for what is to come. In the first a toddler, naked but for his nappy and absolutely filthy, walks in the desert chewing on a…

Suitable Flesh

Suitable Flesh (2023)

Suitable Flesh first published by SciFiNow for its world première at Tribeca 2023 Suitable Flesh begins with a POV shot from inside a body bag being zipped open. As psychiatrist Dr Dani Upton (Barbara Crampton) and the morgue’s pathologist (Graham Skipper) look down, Dani comments, “It’s impossible to tell that’s a person, much less who…

You'll Never Find Me

You’ll Never Find Me (2023)

You’ll Never Find Me seen at Tribeca 2023, and first published by SciFiNow You’ll Never Find Me opens with two disparate scenes. In the first we see a woman, distorted and almost a silhouette, standing and soaking outside in a deluge of rain, just as she starts to lean in towards the window of a…

Boys Like You

Boys Like You (2024)

There is an initial ambiguity to the title of Paul Holbrook’s latest short, Boys Like You, which he has co-written with its star, Lindsay Bennett-Thompson. For that middle word, ‘like’, could be either verb or preposition. Certainly the local boys liked June (Bennett-Thompson) when she was younger, and now, though living with her loving husband…

The Weekend

The Weekend (2024)

The Weekend had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 9 June 2024 Daniel Oriahi’s The Weekend opens, harrowingly, in medias res, with Luc Chezeta (Bucci Franklin) – bound, gagged and terrified – in a hut full of cultic paraphernalia, as he is bent over a stump to be beheaded. Just before the axe is seen…

She Loved Blossoms More

She Loved Blossoms More (2024)

She Loved Blossoms More had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 9 June 2024 Yannis Veslemes’ She Loved Blossoms More opens with an impressionistic montage. We see an elegant old Parisian house with statuary guarding its front door, a long-legged spider crawling across an old staticky television set, a reel-to-reel tape recorder on which Logo…

Beacon

Beacon (2024)

Beacon had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 8 Jun 2024 Beacon opens with Emily (Julia Goldani Telles) on the deck of her boat Winddancer, a little floating island surrounded by nothing but water. Emily is doing a to-camera piece about her six-month solo mission to circumnavigate the globe the old-fashioned way, with a sextant…