Tomorrow

She Dies Tomorrow (2020)

She Dies Tomorrow first published by Sight & Sound, October 2020 Review: Amy has a death fixation. Not just the character Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) who has suddenly been filled with the absolute, unwavering certainty that she is going to meet her end the following day, and who is as close to a heroine as…

Wellness

A Cure For Wellness (2016)

A Cure For Wellness first published by Little White Lies “Who the hell takes the waters in the twenty-first century anyway?” The speaker is an executive in a New York financial firm whose CEO Roland Pembroke (Harry Groener) has gone AWOL to a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. On the eve of a merger worth billions,…

31

31 (2016)

“Now, let’s get one thing straight between us,” declares the first character (Richard Brake) seen in Rob Zombie’s 31 – and the very last character that many of his fellow players will ever see. Made up in smudgy, blood-flecked grease paint, he has just walked in dragging an axe and introduced himself by his working name, ‘Doom-Head’, in…

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

First published by EyeforFilm A middle-aged man in crisis finds himself contemplating his mortality, loneliness and insignificance in a vast, indifferent universe. These are the sort of grand existential themes that are normally associated with filmmakers from a more literate age, the Viscontis or Bergmans – but given that Synecdoche, New York is the directorial debut of…