Archenemy

Archenemy (2020)

Archenemy first published by Little White Lies strap: Adam Egypt Mortimer’s ARCHENEMY uses myths of empowerment and alienation to create a messily subversive maybe-superhero film We live in the era of the superhero. Those costumed crusaders have been all over our screens, mythologising the politics of our times, while exploiting adolescent dreams of empowerment. Yet…

Dies Tomorrow

She Dies Tomorrow (2020)

She Dies Tomorrow first published by VODzilla.co “‘Humans are the only animal or creature that pretends to be what it’s not.’ Albert Camus said that, I think.” The speaker, Jane (Jane Adams), has just turned up – in her pyjamas, with a bandaged wrist, in a state of obvious agitation – at the home of…

Tomorrow

She Dies Tomorrow (2020)

She Dies Tomorrow first published by Sight & Sound, October 2020 Review: Amy has a death fixation. Not just the character Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) who has suddenly been filled with the absolute, unwavering certainty that she is going to meet her end the following day, and who is as close to a heroine as…

Sematary

Pet Sematary (2019)

Pet Sematary first published by VODzilla.co True story (with an old spoiler or two): in Stephen King’s best-selling novel The Shining (1977), the hotel chef Dick Halloran is summoned from his Florida vacation by the psychic powers that he shares with Danny Torrance, and rescues little Danny and his mother Wendy from terrifying supernatural events…

Bitter

Bitter Feast (2010)

Bitter Feast first published by VODzilla.co Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold – but in Joe Maggio’s Bitter Feast, the vendetta of celebrity New York chef Peter Grey (the ever excellent James LeGros) against blogging critic JT ‘The Piehole’ Franks (Joshua Leonard) comes meticulously sourced, prepared and finely cooked. Grey abducts his online…

Upstream Colour (2013)

Review first published by Film4. Synopsis: Shane Carruth’s second feature is an artful experiment in audience-addling alienation. Review: “I told you a story, and then you’ve taken it and made it your own – you do this all the time.” Kris (Amy Seimetz) is telling off Jeff (Shane Carruth) for confusing her childhood memory (of…

Upstream Colour (2013)

Review first published by movieScope “I’m not going to need any signage, ok,” says Jeff (Shane Carruth) to Kris (Amy Seimetz), some way into Upstream Colour. Having been fed a mind-altering grub by a Thief (Thiago Martins) and fleeced of her money, credit and identity, Kris now works at a printer’s shop, cast adrift with…