Baghead

Baghead (2008)

Baghead first published by Little White Lies, as entry 148 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Hollywood has us convinced that it takes 100 million dollars to make a quality piece of art, and that’s a piece of crap statement. I think you just saw that, right?” So says Jett Garner (playing himself) at the beginning…

The House of the Devil (2009)

First published by EyeforFilm On stage at the Film4 FrightFest 2009 to introduce his latest feature, writer/director Ti West declared: “It’s a very different film from The Roost.” Yet what The House Of The Devil has very much in common with his batty 2005 debut, apart from the ever-welcome presence of independent cinema’s tallest character…

Damsels In Distress

Damsels In Distress (2011)

Damsels In Distress first published by EyeforFilm “Oh my God! A golden oldie! I love those!” So declares Violet (Greta Gerwig) as a dance track comes on at the frathouse party she is attending – and this demure-seeming, verbally versatile student (the very opposite of Gerwig’s usual mumblecore rôles) suddenly bursts into a spirited dance,…

Frances Ha

Frances Ha (2013)

Frances Ha first published by Little White Lies “I like things that look like mistakes,” says Frances (Greta Gerwig) near the end of the film named (partly) after her. Director/co-writer Noah Baumbach shares Frances’ predilection for foibles. Indeed, his solo writing projects (The Squid And The Whale, Margot At The Wedding) appear to love the sin more…