American Mary

American Mary (2012)

American Mary first published by Film4 (for a different review, see here) Synopsis: Canadian twins Jen and Sylvia Soska write and direct this tale of surgery and revenge, starring Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps). Review: “Surgeons don’t have the luxury of being sorry”. So Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) is told by Dr Grant (David Lougren) after her mobile…

Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Ginger Snaps first published by VODzilla.co Meet the Fitzgerald sisters. 15-year-old Brigitte (Emily Perkins) and 16-year-old Ginger (Katharine Isabelle), both late developers, are the only goths in suburban Bailey Downs (“a safe and caring community”), and inseparable partners in crimes of teen rebellion. They also freely indulge in their shared morbid fantasies. When they are not…

88 (2014)

Review first published by TwitchFilm In British bingo, if the number 88 comes up, the caller will shout, “Two fat ladies!”, as a conventional code for the two figures’ pictographic appearance. Similarly the title of April Mullen’s 88 represents a conundrum in need of decoding: the numeral itself recurs in different contexts throughout the film (whether as…

American Mary (2013)

American Mary first published by Little White Lies American Mary opens with fragmented images of a turkey. If this is a selfconscious expression of anxiety from writers/directors Jen and Sylvia Soska – whose amiably grindhouse-aping debut Dead Hooker In A Trunk might easily have been overlooked for plucking and stuffing – the twin sisters can put their worries to rest. For American Mary, though similarly transgressive in spirit, is miles ahead in…