Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct (1992)

Basic Instinct first published by Little White Lies, as the 129th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum coulmn The plots of Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty For Me (1971), Edward Bianchi’s The Fan (1981) and Eckhart Schmidt’s similarly titled Der Fan (1982) may already have revolved around obsessive stalkers – but it was Adrian Lyne’s Fatal Attraction…

Touch

Touch (2020)

In the opening scene of Touch, Fei Fei (Aleksandra Szczepanowska) is at a police station, discussing – with mounting frustration – the bureaucratic hurdles to her acquisition of Permanent Residency. Fei Fei may be dressed in an elegant cheongsam, she may be fluent in Cantonese, she may be married to the wealthy Zhang Hua (Jun…

Goddess of Love (2015)

First published by TwitchFilm “You have to keep it all in fantasy,” Chanel (Monda Scott) advises new pole/lap dancer Venus (Alexis Kendra). “You just have to be dripping with sex.” Chanel (not her real name) is instructing the novice in how best to fleece male clients of their money, but in fact it is love…

A Snake of June (2002)

Review first published by Movie Gazette Strait-laced Rinko (Kurasawa Asuka) and her cleanliness-obsessed husband Shigehiko (Koutari Yuji) eat at different times, barely communicate, and sleep in separate rooms. One rainy morning in June, Rinko receives a package with an envelope marked ‘Your husband’s secrets’, containing photographs of herself masturbating. Other photographs follow, also showing her secretly engaged…