Southland

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales first published by musicOMH By the time Howard Hawks released his much-loved but notoriously confusing The Big Sleep on an unsuspecting public in 1946, he had already removed some 18 minutes of expositional scenes from his original version, now leaving entirely unresolved the question of whether the chauffeur Owen Taylor has turned up dead as a…

The Mindmelt in Synecdoche (New York)

First published (in 2008) by EyeforFilm An ailing middle-aged theatrical director contemplates his anxieties, regrets and impending death. That’s Synecdoche, New York in a sentence – or to reduce it to a word, the film is all about melancholy. Rest assured, though, there is a whole lot more than this to the directorial debut of writer Charlie…

Signal

The Signal (2007)

The Signal first published by EyeforFilm. Like so many good things, The Signal comes in threes. Three writer/directors, three linked episodes (or ‘transmissions’), three radically different filmmaking styles and moods – all unified by the three-way psychodynamics of a love triangle that just happens, crucially, to unfold in the middle of a mind-melting future apocalypse. Three…