Les Enfants Terribles

Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

Les Enfants Terribles first published, in a different version, by Movie Gazette, in Nov 2004 Paul (Edouard Dermithe) is somnolent, sickly and passive, while Elisabeth (a mesmerising Nicole Stéphane) is bold, manipulative and domineering. As siblings, they are like chalk and cheese, but form an intimately tight pair together, “like two limbs of the same…

Older

Older (2020)

In Older, 29-year-old manchild Alex (Guy Pigden) feels lost in a world of maturity. Alex’s dream of one day making a film resulted in the slasher Orderly Misconduct that was spurned by critics and public alike, forcing the now unemployed writer/director to move back in with his parents. Despite remaining close to his best friend…

Little Monsters

Little Monsters (2019)

Little Monsters first published by Little White Lies “You’re being a child!”, remonstrates Sara (Nadia Townsend) with her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend Dave (Alexander England), at the beginning of Little Monsters, written and directed by Abe Forsythe (Ned,2003; Down Under, 2016).  Sara is not wrong; for the film’s opening montage of the couple endlessly arguing in public…

Toys

Toys Are Not For Children (1972)

Toys Are Not For Children first published by Little White Lies, as the 89th instalment of my Cinema Psychotronicum column The title of Stanley H. Brassloff’s follow-up to Two Girls for a Madman (1968) comes across as something of a paradox. After all, if toys are not for children, then who are they for, exactly?…

Young Adult

Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult first published by movieScope In 2007, young director Jason Reitman and first-time screenwriter Diablo Cody teamed up to create whipsmart teen pregnancy comedy Juno. Now their latest collaboration, Young Adult, represents a reunion in more ways than one, as they revisit previous preoccupations (adolescence and parenthood) from the perspective of arrested grown-ups rather…

Kindred

Kindred Spirits (2019)

Kindred Spirits has its world première on Sunday 16 June at Cinepocalypse 2019 The filmmaking careers of both Lucky McKee (May, 2002; The Woman, 2011) and Chris Sivertson (The Lost, 2006;  I Know Who Killed Me, 2007) both began in 2001 when they co-directed and co-wrote the shot-on-video All Cheerleaders Die – which they remade…

F.U.B.A.R.

F.U.B.A.R. (aka Killer Weekend) (2018)

F.U.B.A.R. (aka Killer Weekend) first published by SciFiNow “What a bloody hoo-ha. Makes a lot of sense if you’ve got none. Here’s a giggle, just a little bit of fun.” The lyrics to the song (by Sacha Puttnam and Gian Morrocco) that closes F.U.B.A.R. (aka Killer Weekend) lay out the film’s aims and intentions. Director/co-writer Ben Kent’s feature debut…

Braid

Braid (2018)

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: Braid (2018) Braid opens with a tracking shot past an open-doored car on the grass to three women – Petula (Imogen Waterhouse), Tilda (Sarah Hay) and Daphne (Madeline Brewer) – digging a hole, and unceremoniously pushing in what appear to be body bags. It is a scene that lends Braid the tension…

Kicking

Kicking and Screaming (1995)

Kicking and Screaming first published by VODzilla.co Kicking and Screaming begins simultaneoulsy at the end and at the beginning – but mostly in the middle. For it opens, as an intertitle states, on ‘Graduation Night’, with a group of friends wittily – and warily – celebrating both the completion of their education, and their emergence into…

Cold

That Cold Day In The Park (1969)

That Cold Day in the Park first published by Little White Lies, as part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column On that cold day in the park in Vancouver, well-dressed Frances Austen (Sandy Dennis) passes a bench where an unnamed Boy (Michael Burns) sits and shivers. Frances is on her way to her well-appointed parkside apartment,…

Buttercup Bill (2014)

  Death always leaves an empty space, previously occupied by the deceased, that those left behind can fill only with memories and mourning. Yet in the first act of Buttercup Bill, the absence most keenly felt by Pernilla (Rémy Bennett, who also co-wrote and directed with Émilie Richard-Froozan) is not that of her childhood playmate Flora,…