Miami Blues

Miami Blues (1990)

Miami Blues first published by Little White Lies, as entry 170 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “My problem is that I can have everything and anything that I want, but I don’t know what I want.” The speaker is Frederick J. Frenger Jr. (Alec Baldwin), one of the three main characters in George Armitage’s Miami…

Possessor

Possessor (2020)

Possessor first published (in a slightly different version) by Sight & Sound Review: “When did you get so clever?” asks Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough) in an early scene from Possessor, as her young son Ira (Gage Graham-Arbuthnot) shows how he can use his laptop to choreograph the movements of a toy figurine. The apple, it…

eXistenZ

eXistenZ (1999)

eXistenZ first published by Little White Lies, as the 57th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “I don’t like it here. I don’t know what’s going on, we’re both stumbling around together in this unformed world whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly non-existent. Always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don’t understand.” ‘PR nerd’ Ted Pikul (Jude Law) is a…

Annihilation

Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation first published by VODzilla.co Lena (Natalie Portman) is both a soldier and a scientist. This might, as the psychologist Dr Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) suggests, make Lena perfectly suited for the expedition that these two are undertaking with three other women: physicist Josie Radek (Tessa Thompson), geomorphologist Cassie Sheppard (Tuva Novotny) and paramedic Anya Thoronsen…