Black Moon

Black Moon (Luna Nera) (1975)

Black Moon (Luna Nera) first published by Film4, July 2006 Summary: Louis Malle goes to Wonderland in his oddest film, co-written with Luis Buñuel’s daughter-in-law Joyce. Review: Compile a list of those directors who have delved deepest into the human unconscious for their films’ images and ideas, and no-one would blink to see on it the names…

Tiger Stripes

Tiger Stripes (2023)

Tiger Stripes seen at the BFI London Film Festival 2023 Tiger Stripes opens with a diptych of scenes. In the first, we see 12-year-old Zaffan (Zafreen Zairizal) in close-up, panting heavily as she stares into the camera with barely contained defiance, even aggression, like a trapped, truculent animal. In the second, set a little earlier,…

Piggy

Piggy (Cerdita) (2022)

Piggy (Cerdita) first published by SciFiNow   Pink is a colour associated with girlishness, and with pigs. The opening credits of writer/director Carlota Pereda’s feature debut Piggy (Cerdita) are pink, to match the colour of its teenaged (anti)heroine’s trainers – yet the film also begins with the image of a pig’s head being placed on…

Lucile Hadžihalilović

Imagery of Education in Lucile Hadžihalilović (2022)

Rites of Passage, Fluidity and Metamorphoses: The Imagery of Education in Lucile Hadžihalilović’s Innocence, Evolution and Earwig first published by Senses of Cinema, Issue 102, August 2022 Coming of age is often conceptualised in religious terms as a rite of passage and an initiation into adulthood – and so Lucile Hadžihalilović’s films figure themselves as ritualised mysteries, with children at…

Therapy Dogs

Therapy Dogs (2022)

Therapy Dogs has its European première at Glasgow Film Festival 2023 “You have to change. This is the last year of high school, you can’t be fooling around anymore. It’s time to start thinking about your future. What you wanna do, who you wanna be. And how you go through high school affects all of…

Eating Miss Campbell

Eating Miss Campbell (2022)

Eating Miss Campbell had its world première at FrightFest 2022 Eating Miss Campbell begins with a mixture of signals. First there is the Troma Team Release ident, setting a certain tone of trashy tastelessness (Lloyd Kaufman will later cameo with a two-word joke that practically defines ‘too soon’). Then Joe Renzetti’s jaunty upbeat score kicks…

Hatching

Hatching (Pahanhautoja) (2022)

Menarche is the transitional rite of passage in a young woman’s life when she first starts to ovulate and to bleed. An egg, and a lot of blood, will also play prominent parts in Hanna Bergholm’s feature debut Hatching (Pahanhautoja), as Tinja (Siiri Solalinna) emerges from childhood into adolescence and from innocence into experience, along…

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…

Bright Future

Bright Future (Akarui mirai) (2002)

Bright Future (Akarui mirai) first published by EyeforFilm Beautiful, fragile, free-floating and amorphous, jellyfish seem to exude a brilliant lustre all of their own, and are inscrutable to any but their own kind – try and get too close, however, and they are liable to deliver a killer sting. These creatures feature aplenty in Kiyoshi…

John and the Hole

John and the Hole (2021)

John and the Hole had its UK première at FrightFest 2021 13 years old, with a little boy’s lankiness and a voice not yet broken, John (Charlie Shotwell) is at an awkward age. In the opening scene of John and the Hole, when he is made to stand in front of his maths class and…

Paranoid Park

Paranoid Park (2007)

Paranoid Park first published by musicOMH Known to those who frequent it as Paranoid Park, the East Side Skate Park is a network of ramps and tunnels built by skaters for skaters – a sometimes frightening hang-out for the disaffected, dispossessed and disconnected youth of Portland, Oregon. It is also very near the location of…