Medusa Deluxe

Medusa Deluxe (2022)

Writer/director Thomas Hardiman’s Medusa Deluxe opens with a mannered animated sequence that it would be easy at first to mistake for a production company ident. Tiny armoured Ancient Greek men – and the odd monster, including the Gorgon of the title – appear and then evaporate in a desert in which there also appear, emerging…

Stanleyville

Stanleyville (2021)

While working in a high-rise office, Maria Barbizan (Susanne Wuest) happens to glance out the window, and sees a hawk circling in the sky beyond, only for it to swoop headfirst into the glass before her, and to plummet out of sight. It is a spectacle, not to mention a loud thudding sound, which, mysteriously,…