A Pure Place

A Pure Place (2021)

A Pure Place screens at Grimmfest Easter Edition 2022 A Pure Place begins with a wide shot of Athens, and then shows two young siblings shoplifting for their junkie mother (Chara Mata Giannatou), who waits for them on a littered beach. This is an impure world, where even the innocence of childhood is tainted. The…

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (1985)

Day of the Dead first published by Movie Gazette, 26 Feb 2004 Three films, three different decades, thousands of walking dead. George A. Romero’s zombie trilogy, known to its adoring fans as the ‘Holy Trinity’, has proved the most influential horror franchise ever, with its winning combination of intelligent social commentary, high dramatic tension and…


Heartbeat Detector (La Question humaine) (2007)

Heartbeat Detector (La Question humaine) first published by Film4 Summary: Adapted from François Emmanuel’s 2000 novel, Nicolas Klotz’s film exposes modern society’s age-old dark side. Review: Nicolas Klotz’s Heartbeat Detector opens with a long, slow tracking shot that passes over a row of numbers (365, 367, 369 etc.) that have been stencilled, evidently long ago, into a…


Lorik (2018)

Lorik first published by EyeforFilm Named after Laurence Olivier by his performer parents and nicknamed Lorik, monstrous egoist Laurence (co-writer/producer Michel Poghosyan) was born to the stage, and as a middle-aged actor, lives and breathes theatre, losing himself utterly in his rôles to the frustration of the friends and family whom he constantly pushes away….

Escape From New York

Escape From New York (1981)

Escape From New York first published by Little White Lies, as the 70th instalment of my Cinema Psychotronicum column In the mid-1970s, when John Carpenter wrote Escape From New York in response to the Watergate scandal, 1997 was a distant – but not too distant – future in which all manner of contemporary concerns could…


The First Purge (2018)

The First Purge first published by Little White Lies “Is it the end or the beginning?” The world has changed. It is not just that James DeMonaco is no longer at the helm of the Purge series (although he is still writing it), but also that when his The Purge (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014)…


LFO (2013)

LFO first published by VODzilla.co “Do you want to change the world?” So asks Robert (Patrik Karlson), giving expression to the grandiose scope of his own personal ambitions – but bear in mind that Robert is a bespectacled, middle-aged homebody, in his basement chatting online with like-minded geeks (each hiding behind geeky pseudonyms) about DIY research…


The Childhood of a Leader (2015)

The Childhood fo a Leader first published by SciFiNow “This has happened before, and it will continue to happen again and again.” In 1919, journalist Charles (Robert Pattinson) discusses the Great War with the Father (Liam Cunningham) in a villa outside Paris. There the Father bullies his younger polyglot wife (Bérénice Bejo) and their son Prescott…


Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno) (2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno) first published by Film4 Synopsis: In Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning fairytale for adults, fascism struggles to trample an innocent’s imagination. Review: In the imagination of filmmakers, there is something about the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and its immediate aftermath that lends itself to the innocent, often fanciful perspective…