That's Our Time

That’s Our Time (2022)

That’s Our Time screened at PanicFest 2023 “I guess, er, disconnected,” says Danny (Marque Richardson) right at the start of Alex Backes’ That’s Our Time, his very words wrenched, at least initially, from their context. This is how much of this short film is structured, as we see fragments of Danny’s working day, without quite…

World's Fair

We’re All Going To The World’s Fair (2021)

We’re All Going To The World’s Fair UK première at Grimmfest 2021 We’re All Going To The World’s Fair begins with an initiatory ritual of sorts. After nervously rehearsing her introduction a couple of times, Casey (extraordinary newcomer Anna Cobb) sits alone at the desk in her neon-lit attic bedroom with her stuffed monkey Poe…

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…

Saul

Saul At Night (2019)

Saul At Night first published by EyeforFilm at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 There is in the background of Cory Santilli’s feature debut (written by Daniel Miska) a science-fiction premise explaining why it is that protagonist Saul (Kentucker Audley) keeps a strictly calibrated waking schedule that is different from everyone else’s – including that…

American Werewolf

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

An American Werewolf In London, first published by Little White Lies, as the 90th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicumcolumn  Chris Bailey (Dave Cooper) walks in on, heh, Lance Boyle (Lucien Morgan) and Brenda Bristols (Linzi Drew) while they are having sex in their bedroom. As naked as they are, Chris asks with angry redundancy, “What are you…

Skin

In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) (2002)

In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) first published by Movie Gazette Esther (Marina de Van) is a dedicated and successful research analyst, thinking about buying an apartment together with her boyfriend Vincent (Laurent Lucas). One night, bored at a party, Esther wanders out into the building site outside, where she trips and falls over. Returning…

Pulse

Pulse (2001)

Pulse first published by EyeForFilm (03/02/2006) “It all began one day, without warning, like this”. These are the opening words of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse (Kairo), delivered in voice-over by Michi (Kumiko Aso), as she stands alone on a ship’s deck with her back to the camera, staring out (much like the viewer) at the menacing clouds and…

Aloys

Aloys (2016)

First published by Little White Lies “Is it true that you regularly call a sex line since your father died?”, young Yen Lee (Yufei Li) asks her apartment block neighbour Aloys Adorn (Georg Friedrich). Yen is onto something. If sex lines are designed to fuel erotic fantasy, rooted in the auditory domain, for those who…

Ghoul

The Ghoul (2016)

In his cluttered, chaotic home office, jovial psychiatrist Alexander Morland (Geoffrey McGivern) has on display a Klein bottle – a paradoxical object whose inside and outside are indistinguishable. “It’s like the bottle version of the Möbius strip,” he explains to his patient Chris (Tom Meeten), before further comparing it to the ouroboros and “eternal return“. All of…