Judy

Judy & Punch (2019)

Judy & Punch first published by Sight & Sound, Dec 2019 Review: Traditionally performed (since 1825) by a solo artist with hand puppets, Punch and Judy is a show that sets a series of stock characters (the baby, the constable, the crocodile, Toby the Dog, the Devil, Mr Scaramouche, the ghost, etc.) into violent, literally…

Piercing

Piercing (2018)

Piercing first published by VODzilla.co Piercing opens, and indeed closes, with an external shot of buildings, as the camera zooms and cranes past the windows of different apartments, each containing its own cellular family, and stories within storeys. Of course the film – Nicholas Pesce’s second feature, following his monochrome serial killer debut The Eyes…

Piercing

Piercing (2018)

Piercing first published by Sight & Sound, April 2019 Review: Takashi Miike’s astonishing Audition (1999), adapted from the 1997 novel of Ryu Murakami, helped introduce Western audiences to both J-horror and ‘torture porn’, without ever really sitting easily in either of those categories. Now Piercing, adapted from the homonymous 1994 novel by Murakami, similarly gouges beneath its own surface…

Looking

Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016)

First published by Little White Lies There’s no turning back. Alice Through The Looking Glass opens in 1874, with Alice Kingsleigh aboard her father’s ship The Wonder, being forced by pursuing pirate ships to pass, impossibly, through the rocky Straits of Malacca. A full year later (with text precisely calibrating time’s passage), Alice is back…

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

First published by Little White Lies How do you bring a book to life? How does a figure dreamt up on a page become embodied by a flesh-and-blood person? Anyone tasked with adapting a much-loved work to the big screen must face these problems – and it is precisely the mysterious processes of metamorphosis, adolescence…

Double

The Double (2013)

Review first published by Little White Lies A man slumbers on a train. This opening image from The Double might just be all that is strictly real in this uncanny, oneiric trip through an individual’s divided psyche – but that hardly means we should not follow Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) all the way to the…