Just Wright

Just Wright (2010)

Just Wright first published by Sight & Sound, November 2010 Review: Down-to-earth New Jersey physiotherapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) meets gentlemanly New York basketball superstar Scott McKnight (Common), but his eye is on Leslie’s rapacious best friend Morgan (Paula Patton). When Scott is seriously injured, Leslie moves in – but can she mend Scott’s knee and win…

You, Me & Her

You, Me & Her (2023)

As genres go, the romantic comedy is particularly rule-bound. You know the score: boy meets girl, sparks fly, obstacles get in the way of love but are eventually overcome, culminating in marriage; or, in more modern variants, culminating in sex (with or without marriage); or, in even more modern variants, culminating in more sex (with…

Chloe

Chloe (2009)

Chloe first published by Sight & Sound, March 2010 Review: Atom Egoyan is not only one of Canada’s most consistently engaging directors, but also a very talented writer, responsible for the screenplays (whether original or adapted) of all his features from Next of Kin (1984) through to Adoration (2008). So when the eponymous sex worker…

Nathalie...

Nathalie… (2003)

Nathalie… first published by Movie Gazette The complicated dynamics of the relationship between husband, wife and lover have been explored time and time again by French cinema, but director Anne Fontaine manages to find a new feminist variation on this theme in Nathalie…, which she co-wrote with Jacques Fieschi.  Catherine (Fanny Ardant) and Bernard (Gérard…

T'Aime

Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus (1976)

Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus first published by Film4 Summary: Serge Gainsbourg’s cinematic debut is an anal-oriented love story set in an America of broken dreams. Review: Like Edith Piaf before him, the French singer Serge Gainsbourg would become famous amongst anglophone audiences really only for a single song. Je T’Aime (Moi Non Plus) was originally…

Foam

Foam At The Mouth (Ar Putam uz Lupam) (2017)

Foam At The Mouth (Ar Putam uz Lupam) first publsihed by EyeforFilm Opening with a disturbing shot of a giant boar not so much wallowing as writhing in the forest mud, this third feature from Latvian writer/director Janis Nords sets the animal and human worlds into collision. Still recovering from an unspecified accident that has…

Nekromantik 2

Nekromantik 2 (1991)

Nekromantik 2 first published by SciFiNow Buttgereit’s improbable sequel of transgression, Nekromantik 2 is also a romance. When death-fixated Monika (Monika M.) takes home the cadaver of the first film’s protagonist while also courting porn-dubbing artist Mark (Mark Reeder), we see a woman’s conflicted quest to find her perfect man – even if a certain…

Initiation

Initiation Love (2015)

Initiation Love first published as a programme note for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 “A rite of passage, a ritual to become an adult – that’s what first relationships are. You think you’ve found the one, and that you’re positive, but realise that nothing is absolute. And that realisation makes you grow up. You…

Vital

Vital (2004)

Vital first published by EyeforFilm Thanks to his use of dream-like narratives and body horror, outsider auteur Tsukamoto Shinya is often regarded as Japan’s answer to David Lynch or David Cronenberg, but in fact his many films (Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet, Gemini, A Snake Of June), for all their variety of genres, are nourished by a collection of obsessive…