Beau Is Afraid

Beau Is Afraid (2023)

Beau Is Afraid first published by SciFiNow, 15 May 2023 “Stay hydrated,” is the advice given to 37-year-old Beau Wassermann (played at multiple ages by Joaquin Phoenix, but as a boy by Armen Nahapetian and James Cvetkovski) early on in Ari Aster’s Beau Is Afraid. Indeed, Beau’s surname is the German for ‘Waterman’ – and…

Hoard

Hoard (2023)

“I murdered my mother, you see,” says Maria (Saura Lightfoot Leon, extraordinary) in voiceover at the beginning of writer/director Luna Carmoon’s feature debut Hoard. It is an arresting opening line, and even if its truth is only metaphorical, it nonetheless articulates the intensity of the mother-daughter bond that is one of the film’s central themes,…

In The Earth

In The Earth (2021)

In The Earth first published by VODzilla.co In The Earth begins with an image of the object at its centre: a menhir with a circular opening in its middle through which the arboreal foliage beyond is framed. It is like the monolith from the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – a mysterious, numinous…

In Fabric

In Fabric (2018)

In Fabric first published by Little White Lies Having set his previous features in Transylvania (Katalin Varga, 2009), Italy (Berberian Sound Studio, 2012) and a Middle-European Amazonia (The Duke of Burgundy, 2014), Peter Strickland returns to his native Britain for In Fabric. The location is the semi-fictitious ‘Thames Valley On Thames’, stuck in what appears…

Burstead

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018)

New Year’s Eve is the time to redress past regrets and to make future resolutions; the time when traditions are preserved, even as change is embraced; the time when, Janus-like, we look backwards and forwards simultaneously; the time when it’s out with the old and in with the new. It is also when the events…

Fabric

In Fabric (2018)

In Fabric opens with a montage. After a pair of scissors is seen cutting open a cardboard box to reveal a red dress within, a succession of disparate stills plays over the credits. Department store interiors. A rope-bound hand in a bed. A face at a window. Women carrying a coffin indoors. The imprint of…