Monolith

Monolith (2022)

Monolith had its international première at SXSW 2023 The Interviewer (Lily Sullivan) has undermined herself. Unnamed but ever-present in Matt Vesely’s feature debut Monolith, she is a journalist whose latest exposé has put her under a cloud, and led to her losing her job with the Evening Journal. Maybe her subject David Langley was guilty…

The Night of the 12th

The Night of the 12th (La nuit du 12) (2022)

The Night of the 12th (La nuit du 12) has its UK première at Glasgow Film Festival 2023 On the night of the 12th Oct, 2016, on the outskirts of Grenoble, 21-year-old Clara Royer (Lula Cotton-Frapier) leaves the house of her best friend Stéphanie ‘Nanie’ Béguin (Pauline Serieys) and, on her way home through the…

The Execution

The Execution (Kazn) (2021)

Writer/director Lado Kvataniya’s feature debut The Execution (Kazn) opens with a double prologue, both showing events set near its chronological end. The first sequence, expressly marked in text onscreen as taking place in 1988, shows a murder with a very distinctive MO, as an unseen figure carries an unconscious woman, Vera (Yulia Snigir), from a…

The Last Broadcast

The Last Broadcast (1998)

Broadcast first published by Little White Lies, as entry 143 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column We know from the beginning how a filmed expedition into New Jersey’s remote Pine Barrens in search of the legendary Jersey Devil will end, because it has already ended. On the night of 15th December, 1995, cable TV host Stefan Avkast…

Infernal Affairs

Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) (2002)

Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) first published by Movie Gazette, 12 Nov, 2003 “I wish you guys every success in the police force – good luck, officers”, says Sam (Eric Tsang) to a line-up of young recruits. Except that Sam is a Triad boss, and the recruits are young criminals who have agreed to infiltrate…

Padmavyuha

Padmavyuha (2020)

Before a young multi-cultural audience in an American university, Shaki Ramdas (Nikhil Prakash), a confident, clean-shaven professor of sociology and religious studies, is giving a lecture on the nature of faith. He even writes the word in big capitals on the blackboard and underlines them: FAITH. As he carefully disentangles religion from the other two…

Koreatown

Murder Death Koreatown (2020)

“It’s too dark, I can’t see,” says the unnamed (and unseen) investigator at the beginning of Murder Death Koreatown, filming from his Koreatown apartment as police lead someone off in the alley below. “It looks like a woman.” The investigator has just captured on camera the arrest of Mi-sun Yoo for stabbing to death her…

Ebbing

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri first published by RealCrime Magazine Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is fearless and angry. It has been seven months since her daughter Angela was ‘raped while dying’ in the (fictional) town of Ebbing, and now Mildred has decided to rent three billboards to advertise the lack of progress in the police investigation,…