Killer Joe (2012)

First published by movieScope Drawn, like William Friedkin’s previous feature Bug (2006), from a play by Tracy Letts, this bucket of southern gothic is a Coen-esque caper of small-town double-crosses that starts off trailer-trash tawdry, before steadily gearing down into truly unhinged realms—even for the Texas hinterlands. Owing big-time to a local gangster, Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch)…

Horns

Horns (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Are you horny?”, asks Merrin (Juno Temple), the longterm sweetheart of Ig (Daniel Radcliffe), her first words spoken in this film as they lie together, kissing on a blanket under a tree in the woods. “I’m getting warmer,” he replies. Verdant and sunlit, this is an Edenic setting –…

Magic

Magic Magic (2013)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, May 2014 Review: There’s Alicia (Juno Temple), on the edge of a precipice, about to leap into the water (or perhaps fall onto the rocks) below. She is frozen, terrified, in suspense. Now we see her – and now we don’t. Like so many key scenes in Magic…

Delight

Afternoon Delight (2013)

Review first published by EyeforFIlm “How can I complain? Women in Darfur, you know, walk 14 miles to get water – raped on the way…” This is Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), talking to her therapist Lenore (Jane Lynch) near the beginning of Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight, and practically announcing that this will be a film concerned…