The Burning Season

The Burning Season (2023)

Opening in medias res to the sound of a woman gasping for breath, the prologue to Sean Garrity’s The Burning Season is what might be called a primal scene. “You can’t tell anyone about this, ok? Ever. Promise me.” says a panting, upset girl (Natalie Jane) to a similarly aged boy (Christian Meer). ῾”I promise,”…

Swerve

The Swerve (2018)

The Swerve first published by Through the Trees It is clear from early on in The Swerve, the feature debut of writer/director Dean Kapsalis, that Holly (Azura Skye) is a car crash waiting to happen. You can see it in the mouse that she, and she alone, sees first in the kitchen and then in…

Manji

Manji (aka Swastika, aka Passion, aka All Mixed up) (1964)

Manji (aka Swastika, aka Passion, aka All Mixed Up) first published by Film4 Summary: An artfully lurid melodrama of illicit desire, excessive obsession and ritualised death, directed by Japanese New Wave fave Yasuzo Masumura. Review: The late Yasuzo Masumura was a protean figure in the world of cinema. Though Japanese, in the early 1950s he attended Rome’s…