A Quiet Place Part II

A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

A Quiet Place Part II first published by Sight & Sound, Summer 2021 Review: A quiet, all-American community in upstate New York – a ghost town really, with the clinking of Stars and Stripes on their flagpoles the only sign, and more importantly sound, of life. When Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) drives past in his…

Over The Edge

Over The Edge (1979)

Over The Edge first published by Little White Lies, as the 128th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Welcome to New Granada,” reads the roadside billboard which opens Jonathan Kaplan’s Over The Edge, with the subtitle “tomorrow’s city… today” – but behind it is only empty space. This planned community was meant to be a…

Max Reload

Max Reload and the Nether Blasters (2020)

Max Reload and the Nether Blasters first published by VODzilla.co Meet Max Jenkins (Tom Plumley) – both a young orphaned Ferris Bueller-lookalike who lives in smalltown Middletown with his war veteran grandfather (Martin Kove), and a talented coder whose inability to work with others has held him back from getting the sort of work in…

Crawl (2011)

Crawl (2011)

Crawl (2011) first published by Little White Lies Young Marilyn Burns (Georgina Haig) is giddy with excitement as she awaits the return of her boyfriend Travis (Andy Barclay) from his parents’ house. After all, she is sure that on this, “one of the most important nights of my life,” Travis is about to propose to her…

The Nest

The Nest (The Bewailing) (2021)

The Nest (aka The Bewailing) first published by VODzilla.co The family at the centre of James Suttles’ The Nest is dysfunctional – which is to say that it is like most families. School teacher Beth (Sarah Navrati) may love her young daughter Meg (Maple Suttles) more than anything, but the emergency Caesarean section that she…

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead (2004) first published by VODzilla.co It is 2004. The dust has barely settled from the impact of 9/11 three years earlier, and America is now at war abroad while struggling to achieve a bunkered return to normalcy at home, with a deep sense of anxiety and alarm, terror and trauma remaining….

Psycho Goreman

Psycho Goreman (2020)

Psycho Goreman first published by VODzilla.co The Canadian filmmaking collective known as Astron-6 has over the last decade made a specialty of lovingly resurrecting the sensibilities of different kinds of genre cinema from the Eighties, whether in wildly comic parodies (Manborg, 2011; Father’s Day, 2011; The Editor, 2014) or occasionally in a more serious mode…

Ten Video Nasties

Ten Video Nasties

My introduction, plus capsule contributions of ten video nasties, to a piece published by Little White Lies, on 13 May 2021, entitled Every Video Nasty Ranked From Worst to Best, and timed with the release of Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor Includes capsules of: Absurd, The Boogeyman, Don’t Go In The House, I Miss You, Hugs and…

Giants and Toys

Giants and Toys (Kyojin to gangu) (1958)

Giants and Toys (Kyojin to gangu) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 127 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column At the beginning of Yasuzo Masumura‘s Giants and Toys, an adolescent working-class woman named Kyoko (Hitomi Nozoe) stretches and smiles, exposing her crooked, rotten teeth – and then her image freezes and is reproduced in…

Apples

Apples (Mila) (2020)

Apples (Mila) first published by Sight & Sound, April 2021 Review: Christos Nikou’s Apples opens with a montage of pictures showing a bourgeois apartment’s empty interiors. Even if these shots – a ruffled pillow, a mug on a messy table, a bed, a close-up of a lacy dress hanging from a cupboard door – are…

Yi Ok-seop and Koo Kyo-hwan

Yi Ok-seop and Koo Kyo-hwan: three short films 

Yi Ok-seop and Koo Kyo-hwan: three short films first published by the London Korean Cultural Centre Capsule reviews of: Where Is My DVD?, A Dangerous Woman, Girls On Top Yi Ok-seop is the writer/director of a number of short films (starting with her 2010 debut Please Find My Mum), and of the feature Maggie (2019), which…