Lux Æterna

Lux Æterna (2019)

Lux Æterna first published by Little White Lies, as entry 154 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “You are all in good health, but you cannot imagine the supreme happiness an epileptic feels in the moments before a fit. I would give perhaps my whole life in exchange for a few seconds of that felicity.” This…

Watcher

Watcher (2022)

Watcher opens with the image of its protagonist seen through a taxi’s window, the nocturnal lights of Bucharest reflected in the glass and superimposed over her face as the vehicle moves. Julia (Maika Monroe) has just arrived in the city with her husband Francis (Karl Glusman), an American-born Romanian who has returned to his motherland…

Neon

The Neon Demon (2016)

First published by Sight & Sound, August 2016 Review: “You’ve slept with men before? You do sleep with men, don’t you?” Sarah (Abbey Lee) asks Jesse (Elle Fanning) in front of the big mirrors in a swanky nightclub’s bathroom. “All the time”, Jesse replies, after too long a pause and with little conviction. The truth…