Slapface

Slapface (2021)

Slapface has its international Première at FrightFest 2021 “You know why we have to do this?” says young adult Tom (Mike Manning) to his much younger, scared-looking brother Lucas (August Maturo) at the very beginning of Slapface. “Are you ready?” And then, the title of writer/director Jeremiah Kipp’s feature (adapted from his 2018 short of…

Duplicate

Duplicate (aka Jonathan) (2018)

Jonathan (Baby Driver‘s Ansel Elgort), the protagonist of Duplicate (aka Jonathan), is a straight-laced, hard-working wannabe architect, held back from career success only by an idiosyncratic insistence upon leaving his firm early every day (supposedly to look after an ailing relative) and, after filming a video diary, going to bed – and straight to sleep –…

Misguided

The Misguided (2018)

From the jittery, juddery cuts and distorted sounds of its opening sequence, you can tell that in The Misguided, the feature debut of writer/director/producer/editor/DP Shannon Alexander, reality appears as something negotiable. It is night time in Perth, Australia, and feckless, sponging Levi (Caleb Galati) has arrived at the house of his older half-brother Wendel (Steven…

Hammer

Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)

Review first published by EyeforFilm Less a sequel than an alternative reimagining of Tsukamoto Shinya‘s punkishly provocative Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) – which, after all, ended with the imminent destruction of Tokyo – Tetsuo II: Body Hammer gives a completely different interrelationship and back story to its chief antagonists (still played by Taguchi Tomorowo and Tsukamoto),…

Wish I Was Here (2014)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, October 2014 Synopsis: LA, present day. Aidan Bloom is an unemployed actor and a chore-averse househusband. His wife Sara wins the bread working in an office and enduring inappropriate conduct from her colleague Jerry. When Aidan’s father Gabe reveals that he is dying from cancer and can no…