Dreamland

Dreamland (2019)

Dreamland first published by Little White Lies, as entry 101 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “We’re in a different world,” says a grizzled hitman (Stephen McHattie) of his surroundings near the end of Dreamland. He is not wrong, and the clue is in the title. For Bruce McDonald’s film falls into a body of works…

Little Monsters

Little Monsters (2019)

Little Monsters first published by Little White Lies “You’re being a child!”, remonstrates Sara (Nadia Townsend) with her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend Dave (Alexander England), at the beginning of Little Monsters, written and directed by Abe Forsythe (Ned,2003; Down Under, 2016).  Sara is not wrong; for the film’s opening montage of the couple endlessly arguing in public…

Changeling

The Changeling (1980)

The Changeling first published by VODzilla.co The Changeling is a ghost story, and with its cast of middle-aged characters, a rather classical one at that – but as its very title implies, it is also concerned with substitutions. For a start there is its director, Peter Medak (The Ruling Class; A Day in the Death…

Sadistic

Sadistic Intentions (2018)

The title of Eric Pennycoff’s feature debut plays a crucial role in the dynamic of the narrative to come. The word ‘intentions’, after all, points towards plans for the future, and the word ‘sadistic’ tells us that these plans will be callous and cruel. So even though a good two thirds of the film are…