Frontier(s)

Frontier(s) (2007)

Frontier(s) (aka Frontière(s)) first published by Film4 Summary: Writer/director Xavier Gens’s feature debut transposes The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to the French borders, throwing some contemporary politics (along with its hapless principals) into the pot. Review: It is 2002. Unexpectedly defeating the Left’s main candidate in a first-round upset, leader of the extreme right National Front Jean-Marie…

Keeping Business

Keeping Company (2021)

A hoodied drug dealer is abducted from the street at night by bespectacled driver Lucas (Jacob Grodnik), who is fixated, Psycho-like, with his dead mother, and still living under the thumb of his domineering grandmother (Suzanne Savoy). A District Attorney (William Russ) campaigns for re-election under the motto ‘sweep the streets’ – and his name,…

Chop

Cut and Chop (2020)

Writer/director/producer Drew Hale’s feature debut Cut and Chop opens with Tom (played by Hale) sitting on the sofa reading Robert Lewis’ Method – or Madness? (1958), his girlfriend Esmerelda (Kari Alison Hodge) lying asleep beside him with her legs stretched over his lap. The title of this book, collecting Lewis’ famous series of lectures on…

Butchers

Butchers (2020)

The two Watson brothers, Owen (Simon Phillips) and Oswald (Michael Swatton), are out burying their recently deceased mother in the snowy ground, when they spot a car breaking down on the nearby road – and opportunity as well. Shortly afterwards the car’s driver Steven is dead, and his girlfriend Celeste is suspended by chains in…