Mami Wata

Mami Wata (2023)

Mami Wata, from Nigerian writer/director C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi (Juju Stories, 2021), opens on a beach. Even the brief textual introduction explaining who Mami Wata is – a water goddess worshipped “across West, Central and Southern Africa, and among the Afrikan diasporas of the Americas” – is superimposed over a vista of bubbling, glistening surf at…

Beyond The Door

Beyond The Door (Chi sei?) (1974)

Beyond The Door (Chi sei?) first published by Little White Lies, as the 100th instalment in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Evil cannot create, it can only repeat,” says Dimitri (Richard Johnson) near the end of Ovidio G. Assonitis and Robert Barrett’s Beyond the Door, aka The Devil Within Her, aka Chi sei? (or ‘Who are…

Home

Home (2008)

Home first published by Film4 Summary: Ursula Meier’s feature debut is a surreal drama depicting a family frozen to the spot by the oncoming headlights of progress.  Review: The open highway stretches to the horizon in both directions, promising all the freedom, and all the narrative mobility, of a road movie. Yet with her big-screen feature debut…

Playtime (1967)

Review first published by Movie Gazette The French comic director Jacques Tati was born Tatischeff, grandson of the Imperial Russian military attaché in Paris – but on his film sets he was nicknamed ‘Tatillon’, the French for ‘pernickety’, because of his excessive fastidiousness and insistence on endless retakes. Following the international success of his previous…