Stopmotion

Stopmotion (2023)

Stopmotion opens with the image of an object floating in space. It is just like the beginning of Eraserhead (1977), which later included some of its own stopmotion sequences – and much as David Lynch superimposed the bobbing face of his protagonist Henry Spencer over the planet to suggest that what we are seeing is…

Possessor

Possessor (2020)

Possessor first published (in a slightly different version) by Sight & Sound Review: “When did you get so clever?” asks Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough) in an early scene from Possessor, as her young son Ira (Gage Graham-Arbuthnot) shows how he can use his laptop to choreograph the movements of a toy figurine. The apple, it…

Red River Road

Red River Road (2020)

Red River Road first published by VODzilla.co “If you were infected, how would you know that’s real?,” asks Stephen Witten in Red River Road. “That’s what this does! Don’t you understand? It steals reality right out from under you!” Stephen is played by the film’s writer/director/editor/cinematographer/composer/co-producer Paul Schuyler, who stars alongside his real-life wife Jade…

Mortimer

Adam Egypt Mortimer on keeping Daniel real

Adam Egypt Mortimer on keeping Daniel real was first published by SciFiNow Magazine as a discursive essay with select quotes, but here is a much longer transcript of the original interview (conducted in 2019). APB: Who the hell is Adam Egypt Mortimer? What were you before all this movie stuff happened, and how did you…

Tomorrow

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

Escape From Tomorrow first published by VODzilla.co Randy Moore’s feature debut opens with a textual disclaimer insisting that it is a work of fiction, and denying any involvement in its production from either the Disney Company, the Siemens Corporation, or any of their affiliates. This might seem a strange way to begin a monochrome film…

Minor

Minor Premise (2020)

Minor Premise (2020) at Fantasia The protagonist in Eric Schultz’s feature debut Minor Premise, Ethan (Sathya Sridharan), is – much like all of us – an individual full of contradictions. The scion and natural successor of world-renowned neuroscientist Paul Kochar (Nikolas Konotomanolis), Ethan is also a jealous, resentful son with serious Oedipal issues who would…

Light

Dark Light (2019)

Dark Light first published by SciFiNow The oxymoronic title of Dark Light involves a paradox. Like a Buddhist koan, it announces the film as a contradictory challenge that the viewer, sitting in the dark cinema looking at the flickering light projected onto the screen, must try to resolve, even if resolution is ultimately impossible. This…