Arrebato

Arrebato (Rapture) (1979)

Arrebato (Rapture) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 173 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Arrebato begins with a shot of a celluloid strip being cut – a promise of a feature where the very medium of film will play a prominent rôle. Sure enough, this is a film about two filmmakers, about the…

All Alone Together

All Alone Together (2023)

All Alone Together seen at Panic Fest  Tightly wound, temper-prone Tyler (Jordan Lane Rice) eats and drinks alone, and mourns his recently killed dog. Tyler is taunted in the office by his colleague Fiona (Lisa Starrett) who, abusive, cruel and manipulative, and separated, even compartmentalised, from him by a cubicle, is like a negative voice…

Yannick

Yannick (2023)

Yannick has its UK première, 2nd March at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 A cuckold is that foolish figure forced to stand by in humiliation and horror as a third party moves in on his established relationship. It is also the title of the comic play (Le Cocu) which is being performed on stage in…

The Devil's Tongue

The Devil’s Tongue (2023)

“You already know why I’m here,” says a woman in a white wedding dress to an enthroned, horned Satan, in the opening scene of writer/director Julian Gowdy’s debut feature The Devil’s Tongue. “You held up your end of the deal, so now it’s my turn. My only hope is that you – fuck!” Here, before…

Going Nowhere

Going Nowhere (2022)

Most things starts with a seed. Going Nowhere starts with a film called Seed – the labour of love of writer/director Izzy Shill (played by writer/director Isabel Shill, whose 2020 short Face to Face Time played SXSW). Izzy has been toiling for the last decade on the script and storyboards for this “intimate neo-noir working…

To Sleep So As To Dream

To Sleep So As To Dream (1986)

To Sleep So As To Dream (Yumemiru yôni nemuritai) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 150 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Watching Kaizō Hayashi’s To Sleep So As To Dream (Yumemiru yôni nemuritai) involves also watching The Eternal Mystery, a silent melodramatic chanbara in which the ‘Black Mask’ strives to rescue the beautiful…

Murder, Anyone?

Murder, Anyone? (2022)

Murder, Anyone? begins with a shadow – the silhouette of a male figure in a wide-brimmed hat, illuminated by a circle of light. This monochrome image, and the melodramatic orchestral score that accompanies the superimposed opening credits, point to the now rather passé genre of film noir, while that figure – a projected artefact of…

Baghead

Baghead (2008)

Baghead first published by Little White Lies, as entry 148 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Hollywood has us convinced that it takes 100 million dollars to make a quality piece of art, and that’s a piece of crap statement. I think you just saw that, right?” So says Jett Garner (playing himself) at the beginning…

Razzennest (2022)

In writer/director Johannes Grenzfurthner’s first horror feature Masking Threshold (2021), the shut-in protagonist P.T. Alcorn (played by Grenzfurthener himself) may have been the principal and constant focus, and his narrative commentary (voiced by Ethan Haslan) may have pervaded everything, but his face was never fully shown, as the camera, primarily using a macro lens, only…

Director's Intention

Director’s Intention (2021)

Director’s Intention, transcript of introduction to a screening at the London Korean Film Festival 2022 “Your name goes on top of the ending credit, but it doesn’t mean it’s all yours. All the others care about the movie as much as you do.” This is what, some way into Kim Min-geun’s feature Director’s Intention, the…

Killer Concept

Killer Concept (2021)

Killer Concept first published by VODzilla.co Blonde Mary-Rose (Maddie Ludt) chats on the phone in her kitchen as a hoodie-wearing figure with a machete watches her from the shadows of the street outside. These moments openly riff not just on John Carpenter’s iconic slasher Halloween (1978), but also on Wes Craven’s postmodern Halloween pastiche Scream…