Beach House

The Beach House (2019)

The Beach House first published by VODzilla.co “The thing we liked about coming here is it was so comfortable. The same weather, the same rooms, the same furniture. They’re frozen in time. Jane loved it so much. We hadn’t been here so long, I just – I wanted her to have one last special time….

Screamers

Screamers (1995)

Screamers first published by Little White Lies, as entry 104 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column In 2058, the mining corporation known as the New Economic Bloc (or N.E.B.) discovered a new energy source known as Berynium on the planet Sirius 6B – but when miners learnt that its extraction also released radiation and other pollutants,…

Phase

Phase IV (1974)

Phase IV capsule first published by SciFiNow Famous for designing the iconic opening credits of many a Hitchcock film, Saul Bass directed only one feature: this cerebral sci-fi which begins with a strange celestial alignment, before shifting to the inner space of Earth’s ant communities (shot in extraordinary close-up by Ken Middleham). With increasing alarm,…

Mnemophrenia

Mnemophrenia (2019)

“What if, like, a fairy godmother came down from the sky, and she said, ‘Jeanette,  with one wave of my magic wand, I’m going to give you the perfect life.’ What would you say?”  This is Douglas (Tim Seyfert) speaking as he lies on the grass alongside his addressee, Jeanette Harper (Freya Berry) – through…

Perfect

Perfect (2018)

Perfect first published by SciFiNow “Mother, am I bad?” A teenaged boy (Garrett Wareing) – listed in the closing credits only as ‘Vessel 13’ – comes with a history of violence. He has recently woken in his home besides the bloody corpse of his girlfriend, with only the dreamiest memory of how he reduced her…

CTRL

CTRL (2018)

CTRL fist published by SciFiNow At the beginning of CTRL, Christian Lex (Saabeah Theos) and her boyfriend Dru (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett) are heading to the luxurious fifth-storey apartment of Lex’s brother Leo (Julian Mack), a reclusive computer geek with a strong streak of misanthropy, to celebrate his birthday. As the couple ascends, floor by floor, we…

Titan

The Titan (2018)

The Titan first published by Sight & Sound, May 2018 Review: “We did it!” declares Professor Collingwood (Tom Wilkinson) near the end of Lennart Ruff’s feature debut The Titan. “We stole fire from the gods!”   Collingwood’s words evoke the Greek myth of Prometheus, the Titan who indeed stole divine fire, gifting it to humanity as an…

Rupture

Rupture (2016)

Rupture first published by Sight & Sound, December 2016 Review: “Don’t be scared,” says an unseen Margot down the phone to her work colleague Renee (Noomi Rapace). They are meeting later that weekend, hoping to confront their fears and have a transformative experience on a skydiving trip. In fact, Renee – an independent, resourceful divorcee bringing up…

The Croods (2013)

My review for Film4. Synopsis: A 3D animation from writer/directors Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How To Train Your Dragon), which sees a family of Neanderthals emerge from their cave of conservatism in search of a new Tomorrow. Review: Meet The Croods – a family of troglodytic Neanderthals who have survived so…