Space

Space (Prostir) (2021)

Sometimes a production ident appearing at the start of a film can be a guide to its reading. Space (Prostir) may open with text informing the viewer that it was shot in quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic by self-isolated participants filming with their own smartphones or cameras and communicating with the director Dmitriy Tomashpolski (Stranger,…

Only The Animals

Only The Animals (Seules Les Bêtes) (2019)

Only The Animals (Seules Les Bêtes) first published by VODzilla.co In Lozère, France’s least populous department, in the south near the Massif Central, a well-to-do middle-aged married woman, Evelyne Ducat (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), has disappeared, her car found abandoned by an isolated snowy road. As local gendarme Cédric Vigier (Bastien Bouillon) investigates this missing person’s…

Babel

Babel (2006)

Babel first published by EyeforFilm Forming the last in a loose trilogy of films made by director Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, Babel follows their signature formula, offering multiple narratives that ripple and sprawl out of a single violent incident. And while it may lack the energetic freshness of their earlier Amores Perros (2000), and…

11:14

11:14 (2003)

11:14 first published by musicOMH What links a distracted drunken driver (Henry Thomas), three pranksters in a van (Stark Sands, Colin Hanks, Ben Foster), a none-too-bright convenience store worker (Hilary Swank), her equally foolish colleague (Shawn Hatosy), a stiff young lover (Blake Heron), a treacherous teen (Rachael Leigh Cook), her over-protective parents (Patrick Swayze, Barbara…

First Love

First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019)

First Love (Hatsukoi) first published by Little White Lies “Things are getting complicated,” young low-ranking yakuza Kase (Shōta Sometano) tells corruptible police detective Otomo (Nao Ômori, Ichi from Takashi Miike‘s 2003 Ichi the Killer) near the beginning of Miike’s latest, First Love (Hatsukoi). As Gondo (Seiyô Uchino), the boss of Kase’s syndicate, returns from a…

Everyone

Me And You And Everyone We Know (2005)

Me And You And Everyone We Know first published by EyeforFilm Guy meets girl, sparks fly, and, after the intervention of various disruptions and impediments, finally guy and girl get together. What sounds like the convention-bound plotting of just about any romantic comedy (a genre second only to porn in its fantasy-fuelled predictability) becomes, in…

God

God Man Dog (Liu Lang Shen Gou Ren) (2007)

God Man Dog first published by Little White Lies “Even a rich man can’t tell the future,” says homeless, appetitive boy (Jonathan Chang) to devout trucker Yellow Bull (Jack Kao), who spends his time feeding stray dogs, mending abandoned Buddhist artefacts, and playing a costumed god on the festival circuit to raise money for a…

Lowlife

Lowlife (2017)

Lowlife first published by SciFiNow A man in a luchador’s red mask (Ricardo Adam Zarate) sits in medium shot, staring right into the camera, telling his tale in Spanish. He is the latest inheritor of the title El Monstruo, from a long patriarchal line of near mythic Mexican champions of the people. Abandoned to the slums…