Fanny Lye

Fanny Lye Deliver’d (2019)

Fanny Lye Deliver’d first published by VODzilla.co Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England (2013) was set during the English Civil War, and the field of its title yielded a crop of eccentric notions about the national identity at the country’s contested margins. The events of Fanny Lye Deliver’d, written, directed and scored by Thomas Clay…

Iron Mask

The Iron Mask (Viy 2: Journey To China) (2019)

The Iron Mask first published by VODzilla.co The paradox of tea is that it is both a basic household item, and also an ancient commodity whose sale has formed connections between nations across the globe. In other words, tea is an everyday beverage that comes with a strong aroma of geopolitical history. To declare Oleg…

Swimming

Swimming Pool (2003)

Swimming Pool first published (in a slightly different version) by Movie Gazette, Sept 8, 2003 Why is it that films about writer’s block, despite featuring characters who have run out of ideas, turn out themselves to be so full of them? Barton Fink and Adaptation practically define involuted inventiveness, and now François Ozon’s Swimming Pool,…

Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters first published by Little White Lies Michael Dougherty is perhaps best known for directing and writing Trick ‘r Treat (2007) and Krampus (2015) – both horror features coming with a good deal of festive black humour – but he also helped write the big-budget blockbusters Superman Returns (2006) and X-Men…

Burstead

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018)

New Year’s Eve is the time to redress past regrets and to make future resolutions; the time when traditions are preserved, even as change is embraced; the time when, Janus-like, we look backwards and forwards simultaneously; the time when it’s out with the old and in with the new. It is also when the events…