Sadness

The Sadness (2021) at Fantasia

The Sadness has had its North American première at Fantasia 2021 New outbreaks of the undead have been infecting cinemas across the world for the last two decades, and even if Taiwan ought, as an island state, to be relatively protected, it has not proven wholly immune – perhaps as a sign of a politically…

Hungry

Hungry Joe (2020)

Hungry Joe opens with a montage: snatches of home video from 1998 and 1999, in which happy couple Laura (Laura Bayston) and Craig (Joe Sims) learn of Laura’s pregnancy and move into a new home, intercut with footage of a fire blazing intensely. These are something like ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots, leaving the sense that…

Piercing

Piercing (2018)

Piercing first published by VODzilla.co Piercing opens, and indeed closes, with an external shot of buildings, as the camera zooms and cranes past the windows of different apartments, each containing its own cellular family, and stories within storeys. Of course the film – Nicholas Pesce’s second feature, following his monochrome serial killer debut The Eyes…