Circle

Black Circle (Svart Cirkel) (2018)

Black Circle first published by SciFiNow A faded, jumpy film reel from the 1970s, part of a correspondence course from the ‘Stockholm Institute for Magnetic Research’, claims to help the viewer deal with the modern age’s ‘duality of the self’. The method used, similar to – but not the same as – hypnosis, promises to…

Brøken

The Brøken (2008)

The Brøken first published by Fim4 Film summary: A London radiologist confronts her dark side in Sean Ellis’ psychological horror.  Review: Pedro Almodóvar may have come up with the phrase in his breakout 1988 comedy, but really it is horror and thriller movies that have the best track record for treating women on the verge of…

Hole

The Hole In The Ground (2019)

The Hole In The Ground first published by Sight & Sound, April 2019 Review: At the beginning of The Hole In The Ground, an upset-looking Sarah O’Neill (Seána Kerslake) is in a fun park hall of mirrors with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey), his face grotesquely distorted in the glass. This encapsulates the…

Us

Us (2019)

The Wilson family – Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), her husband Gabe (Winston Duke), and their children Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Ewan Alex) – are visiting Santa Cruz for their summer vacation. It is a place where, as a child a little over three decades earlier, Adelaide (Madison Curry) had strayed into a fun fair’s…

Imitation

Imitation Girl (2017)

Imitation Girl first published by SciFiNow “Alright, whoa baby! She’s gorgeous! Alright, that looks good, how much is it?” The speaker, in the opening scene of Imitation Girl, is a boy in his young teens (William Wakeland), diminished in static wideshot as he negotiates with two older men who have purchased a girlie magazine on his…

Double

The Double (2013)

Review first published by Little White Lies A man slumbers on a train. This opening image from The Double might just be all that is strictly real in this uncanny, oneiric trip through an individual’s divided psyche – but that hardly means we should not follow Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) all the way to the…