The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Incredible Hulk first published by EyeforFilm, 10 June 2008 We only have ourselves to blame. In 2003, Ang Lee (of all directors) brought us Hulk – a comic book adaptation like no other. Broody and lumbering in its pace, unduly interested in character, with almost a full hour elapsing before the jolly green giant put in…

Sparrow

Sparrow (Man jeuk) (2008)

Sparrow (Man jeuk) first published by EyeforFilm, 20 May 2009 “A sparrow flew into my apartment”, says middle-aged, dapperly dressed bicycle enthusiast (and skilled cut-purse) Kei (Simon Yam). “Not sure what it means.” The obvious answer is that it refers to Kei’s profession, given that the Cantonese word for ‘sparrow’ (man jeuk) is also slang…

A Town Called Panic

A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) (2009)

A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) first published by EyeforFilm, 5 Oct 2010 For all its bric-à-brac simplicity, A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) has been around for a long time in numerous forms. Starting life in 1991 as Stéphane Aubier‘s graduation short, this rustic papier-mâché world of weird was revisited a decade…

Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák) (2000)

Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák) first published by EyeforFilm, 13 May 2009 A fire burning in a hearth is extinguished. This is the image with which Béla Tarr‘s Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák) opens, and it is one that will recur, in one form or another, with some regularity throughout the film. Immediately after the flame is…

Damnation

Damnation (Kárhozat) (1988)

Damnation (Kárhozat) (1988) first published by EyeforFilm, 13 May, 2009 In wide shot, buckets of coal move inexorably to and fro along an overhead cable, to the accompaniment of a constant industrial whirr. Slowly, slowly, the image pulls back to reveal that the view is in fact from a window, as a figure watches and smokes…

The Crazies

The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies first published by EyeforFilm, 26 Feb 2010 In George A. Romero’s original The Crazies (1973), the insanity of post-Sixties America – where soldiers were firing live rounds at unarmed students and the spectacle of flaming corpses and chemical warfare in Vietnam was playing out nightly on the TV news – was contained within…

Hostel

Hostel (2005)

Hostel first published (in a slightly different version) by EyeforFilm, 22 March, 20006 One has to feel a little bit sorry for Eli Roth. After his breakthrough debut with Cabin Fever (2002), a hilariously icky pastiche of seventies and eighties horror motifs, this young, articulate filmmaker, with his flair for self-promotion and his list of personal friends…

Eden Log

Eden Log (2007)

Eden Log first published by EyeforFilm, 11 Nov, 2008 He may have made two (or five, if you count the various director’s cuts) of the best known and most loved films in the genre, but if you were to try to pinpoint Ridley Scott’s original contribution to science fiction, it might be summed up by the…

Wizards

Wizards (1977)

Wizards first published by EyeforFilm In 1977, Twentieth Century Fox puts out two fantasy epics that both begin with the destruction of a planet, focus on the eternal conflict between good and evil, and feature the then-unknown actor Mark Hamill. It was, however, George Lucas’ Star Wars that would capture the popular imagination and change the face…

Hidden

Hidden (Caché) (2005)

Hidden (Caché) first published (in a different version) by EyeforFilm The opening credits of Michael Haneke‘s Hidden (Caché) appear over a static wide shot of a leafy street. During the course of several minutes, nothing in particular happens: a passerby’s footsteps, and the song of a bird, can be heard; a man exits a house…

Bright Future

Bright Future (Akarui mirai) (2002)

Bright Future (Akarui mirai) first published by EyeforFilm Beautiful, fragile, free-floating and amorphous, jellyfish seem to exude a brilliant lustre all of their own, and are inscrutable to any but their own kind – try and get too close, however, and they are liable to deliver a killer sting. These creatures feature aplenty in Kiyoshi…