A Banquet

A Banquet (2021)

A Banquet first published by Sight and Sound, April 2022 Review: A Banquet may begin with a scene of frenzied food preparation, and its very title may point to a formalised, indulgent meal, but in fact director Ruth Paxton’s film will concern itself with abstinence in extremis. Right from the opening scene, consumption is pathologised:…

Unholy

The Unholy (1988)

The Unholy first published by Little White Lies, as the 76th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Burt Reynolds used to tell an anecdote about how his initial disappointment at failing to win the part of Dr David Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) soon turned to gratification as he learned that Stanley Kubrick…