Life Through A Lens

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006)

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens first published by Film4 Summary: Barbara Leibovitz’s broad-ranging documentary brings the life of her celebrated photographer sister into sharp focus. Review: About half an hour into Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens, we see the celebrated photographer leaning in close to talk with her friend, the ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. “This…

Country Gold

Country Gold (2022)

Country Gold had its international première at Glasgow Film Festival 2023 Country Gold begins with Troyal Brux (played by its director Mickey Reece, who also co-wrote with John Selvidge) being celebrated in an annual TV special of The Gail Williams Show for being “the number one singer in America, selling more records than Michael Jackson…

Mean Spirited

Mean Spirited (2022)

Mean Spirited had its world première at FrightFest 2022 On 6 October, 1999, Andy is behind the camera filming his best friend Bryce (Simon Val) door-knocking and pranking a cantankerous old man (Neville Archambault); Andy then continues filming as the man angrily drags Bryce into his home. This opening sequence in Jeff Ryan’s Mean Spirited…

When The Screaming Starts

When The Screaming Starts (2021)

When The Screaming Starts first published by VODzilla.co “I’m Norman Graybridge. A two-time award-winning documentary filmmaker. I’ve achieved great success in unearthing groundbreaking stories in people living on the fringes of society. So when I stumbled upon Aidan Mendle in the darker recesses of the internet, and learned of his twisted dream, I knew I’d found…

Giants and Toys

Giants and Toys (Kyojin to gangu) (1958)

Giants and Toys (Kyojin to gangu) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 127 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column At the beginning of Yasuzo Masumura‘s Giants and Toys, an adolescent working-class woman named Kyoko (Hitomi Nozoe) stretches and smiles, exposing her crooked, rotten teeth – and then her image freezes and is reproduced in…

The Killing Of John Lennon

The Killing of John Lennon (2006)

The Killing of John Lennon first published by Film4 Summary: For his third feature, British bio director Andrew Piddington takes on the simultaneous fall and rise of John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman. Newcomer Jonas Ball stars. Review: Every age has had its deranged killers, and every deranged killer reflects his age. Mark David Chapman is no…

Feedback

Feedback (2019)

Feedback first published by SciFiNow “Are we safe?”, asks the voice on the radio promo. “Could we commit a crime and get away with it?” The feature debut of Pedro C. Alonso, which he co-wrote with Alberto Marini (Summer Camp, 2015), Feedback observes a near Aristotelian unity of time and place, unfolding almost entirely over…

Potencial

Potential Victim (Victima Potencial) (2018)

Potential Victim (Victima Potencial) first published by EyeforFilm Positing an iconic star as vampiric avatar of the internet age, Potential Victim (Victima Potencial) is both postmodern experiment and extended music video. Chilean singer Sofía Oportot plays a version of herself, sustained, perhaps for eternity, by the dissemination online of her image and music by younger…

Congress

The Congress (2013)

The Congress first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “People call RRR science fiction, but I just say it’s not, it’s documentary.” So says actress Robin Wright in a televised promotional interview about Rebel Robot Robin, the kickass, whip-wielding heroine whom she plays in an action franchise. Though live-action (in an otherwise animated world) and played by the…