Zeros and Ones

Zeros and Ones (2021)

Zeros and Ones first published by Little White Lies, as entry 151 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Masked, armed and uniformed American soldier J.J. (Ethan Hawke) is in the middle of a nocturnal, locked-down Rome under explicit threat of explosive terrorist attack. For purposes that are never entirely clear, he shoots – with his camera…

Amulet

Amulet (2020)

Amulet first published by Sight and Sound, March 2022 Review: As a soldier digs a latrine in the woods near his remote border post in an unnamed, war-torn Balkan country, he unearths a small statuette of a pagan mother goddess – the titular ‘amulet’. This prologue to actress Romola Garai’s feature debut as writer/director introduces…

Soseiji

Gemini (aka Soseiji) (1999)

Gemini (aka Soseiji) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 115 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column By the time Shinya Tsukamoto helmed Gemini (aka Soseiji) in 1999, he had already established for himself an idiosyncratic filmmaking language all his own. His features like Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), its bigger budget 1992 sequel Tetsuo…

Little

Land of the Little People (2016)

“For a flag they are willing to live and die… provided one educate them to it.” The text which opens Land of the Little People (Medinat Hagamadim) is cited from Theodor Herzl, one of the founders of modern Zionism. As a programmatic statement of intent, the quote’s provenance is as important as its content. This is a film…