Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2021) at Fantasia

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes has its North American Première on demand at Fantasia 2021 Junta Yamaguchi’s feature debut Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes opens – like films as otherwise varied as Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958), Robert Altman’s The Player (1992), Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess (2017) and Shin’ichirô Ueda’s One Cut of the…

Skills

Survival Skills (2020)

Survival Skills (2020) at Fantasia There are few things more political than the police. This is especially true right now in the United States, where every week more phone or bodycam footage emerges showing the constabulary putting their knees on civilians’ throats, or simply shooting them dead, often with little more obvious cause than the…

Undergods

Undergods (2020)

“Maria tells me you write,” says Hans (Eric Godon), some way into Chino Moya’s feature debut Undergods. “What about?” “Possible worlds,” replies Johann (Tadhg Murphy) “I don’t think you’ll get it. Maria says you don’t read much.” What neither of these two men – nor indeed Hans’ daughter Maria (Tanya Reynolds) – quite realises is…

Minor

Minor Premise (2020)

Minor Premise (2020) at Fantasia The protagonist in Eric Schultz’s feature debut Minor Premise, Ethan (Sathya Sridharan), is – much like all of us – an individual full of contradictions. The scion and natural successor of world-renowned neuroscientist Paul Kochar (Nikolas Konotomanolis), Ethan is also a jealous, resentful son with serious Oedipal issues who would…

Block Island

The Block Island Sound (2020)

The Block Island Sound has its World Première at Fantasia The Block Island Sound, the latest feature from writer/directors Kevin and Matthew McManus, opens with a blank screen, accompanied by the cries of seagulls, the soothing waves of an ocean’s lapping waters, and a low, loud animalistic growl that is harder to identify among these…

Alone

Alone (2020)

In Alone, Jessica (Jules Willcox) is on the run. This is not just because of the man (Marc Menchaca) who first plays road games with her, and who then follows her creepily from stop to stop making repeated ‘friendly’ attempts at contact despite Jessica’s clear indications that his presence is not welcome, and who finally declares…

Unearth

Unearth (2020)

Unearth had its World Première at Fantasia “If you make a tree good, its fruit will be good. You make a tree bad, its fruit’s gonna be bad.” These words, with their simple paratactic structure, and their use of a homespun figure taken from nature, sound like a moral from a parable – and while…

Climate

Climate of the Hunter (2019)

Climate of the Hunter is in select UK cinemas from Friday 13rd August 2021, and then on digital platforms to rent and download-to-own from Monday 23rd August, via Bulldog Film Distribution. Climate of the Hunter opens not with a voiceover (those will come later) nor with an authorised textual quotation, but with a yellow manila folder  being opened…

Fried

Fried Barry (2020)

Fried Barry (2020) at Fantasia If Fried Barry, the feature debut of writer/director Ryan Kruger, is something of a trip, it comes with two formal introductions which in different ways help to orient bewildered viewers and to show them paths through its off-kilter trajectories. In the first, a presenter (Deon Lotz) appearing on a 4:3…

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…