Allegro

Allegro (2005)

Allegro first published by Film4 Summary: In Christoffer Boe’s soulful sci-fi, a classical pianist must rediscover lost love and buried memories before giving the recital of his life. Review: Where Christoffer Boe’s Cannes-wowing 2003 debut Reconstruction told the story of a diffident lover who discovers, after leaving his girlfriend, that the entire world has forgotten who…

Control

Control (2022)

Control first published by VODzilla.co Control opens on a beach. “Life is but a dream,” sings little Eve (Evie Loiselle), playing in the sand – and the bright light and narrow, slightly woozy focus seem to validate her words. As Eileen (Sara Mitich) watches her daughter in this hyperreal space, the idyll is repeatedly shattered…

Consecration

Consecration (2023)

Consecration has its international première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2023. Consecration opens with two nuns. The first is not real, but a bobblehead-ed plastic figurine on a car’s dashboard, crassly and kitschily exposing the commodifiable nature of the church’s icons as they intersect with the everyday life of the profane out in the real world….

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…

Eden Log

Eden Log (2007)

Eden Log first published by EyeforFilm, 11 Nov, 2008 He may have made two (or five, if you count the various director’s cuts) of the best known and most loved films in the genre, but if you were to try to pinpoint Ridley Scott’s original contribution to science fiction, it might be summed up by the…

The Free Fall

The Free Fall (2021)

In horror, as in Freudian psychoanalysis, it is usually a young child who witnesses – and misunderstands – a primal scene (typically, sex between parents), engendering the perversion of that child’s psychosexual development. The Free Fall certainly opens with a primal scene, as Sara Wright (Andrea Londo) enters the upstairs bedroom of her parents, only…

Faceless

Faceless (2021)

Faceless had its European première at Grimmfest 2021 George (Cullen Mosk) sits waiting in a parked car, the engine idling. Ignoring a call from his mother, he counts out a pile of dollar bills (adding one from his own pocket), and heads off to a dogfight where he gambles and loses everything and, pursued by…

On The 3rd Day

On The 3rd Day (Al Tercer Día) (2021)

On The 3rd Day (Al Tercer Día) at Grimmfest 2021 (note that this film was based on the English dubbed version; a subtitled version of the film is also available) Daniel de la Vega‘s previous White Coffin (Ataúd Blanco: El Juego Diabólico, 2016) began with a mother in a car with her young daughter, fleeing…

32

32 Weeks (2020)

“I wonder if we ever stop lying to each other,” says Cole (the excellent Nicole Souza) to Simon (Scott Bender) in a record store, about halfway through writer/director Brian Cavallaro’s 32 Weeks. “I think it’s just easy in the beginning of a relationship because it’s like a blank slate – you know, I can make…

Headless

The Headless Woman (La mujer sin cabeza) (2008)

The Headless Woman (La mujer sin cabeza) first published by EyeforFilm “Don’t worry. Nothing happened.”  So says Juan Manuel (Daniel Genoud) after his cousin Véronica (María Onetto) has declared her conviction that she has struck and possibly killed a boy while out driving by a canal. By this point, about halfway through The Headless Woman…

Fugue

Fugue (Fuga) (2018)

In a single, fluid, slightly woozy shot, the camera tracks a blonde woman from behind as she staggers along parallel tracks in a rail tunnel (with trains passing by perilously close), clambers up onto the crowded platform in incongruous high heels, and crouches over and urinates then and there on the floor. This is the…