Lemming

Lemming (2005)

Lemming first published by EyeforFilm, 28 April 2006 Mysterious migrations and collective suicides are the characteristics most closely associated (however spuriously) with lemmings. These small animals peculiar to Scandinavia’s northern regions are just about the last things you would expect to find in the suburbs of southern France, but when high-tech engineer Alain Getty (Laurent…

Drone

The Drone (2019)

The Drone first published by SciFiNow Some would argue that the drone shot is killing cinema. It allows filmmakers to show hovering god’s-eye views without having to hire a budget-breaking crane or helicopter – but the wobbly distance that it offers gets tired with gratuitous overuse (especially in indie documentaries). In The Drone, however, these…

Office (2015)

Review of film that formed part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) White-collar worker Kim Byeong-gook (Bae Sung-woo) drinks a coffee alone in a diner, takes the commuter train surrounded by people on their phones, and – zombie-like – walks home, where, after dinner, he calmly bludgeons his…

Upstream Colour (2013)

Review first published by Film4. Synopsis: Shane Carruth’s second feature is an artful experiment in audience-addling alienation. Review: “I told you a story, and then you’ve taken it and made it your own – you do this all the time.” Kris (Amy Seimetz) is telling off Jeff (Shane Carruth) for confusing her childhood memory (of…

Upstream Colour (2013)

Review first published by movieScope “I’m not going to need any signage, ok,” says Jeff (Shane Carruth) to Kris (Amy Seimetz), some way into Upstream Colour. Having been fed a mind-altering grub by a Thief (Thiago Martins) and fleeced of her money, credit and identity, Kris now works at a printer’s shop, cast adrift with…