Black Moon

Black Moon (Luna Nera) (1975)

Black Moon (Luna Nera) first published by Film4, July 2006 Summary: Louis Malle goes to Wonderland in his oddest film, co-written with Luis Buñuel’s daughter-in-law Joyce. Review: Compile a list of those directors who have delved deepest into the human unconscious for their films’ images and ideas, and no-one would blink to see on it the names…

The Feast

The Feast (Gwledd) (2021)

The Feast (Gwledd) first published by Sight & Sound, September 2022 Review: Over plain opening credits, birdsong and the bleating of sheep can be heard, sonically conjuring a rural idyll, before being interrupted first by the sound of a car arriving and then by the noise of a much louder motor. The source of that…

Antlers

Antlers (2021)

Antlers first published by Little White Lies There is a scene near the beginning of Antlers where Miss Julia Meadows (Keri Russell), recently returned to her childhood home in small-town Oregon, teaches a primary school class on myths and fables. “Storytelling”, she says, “is a way for people to explain their world, their culture”, and she expressly cites the…

Evie

Evie (2021)

Evie had its world première at FrightFest 2021 Evie begins and ends at the shoreline – that liminal zone where solid land and fluid sea meet and shape each other in waves and cycles of eternal change. There, under a grey sky, young, pre-pubescent Evie Halloran (the excellent Honey Lundy, in her first rôle) is…

Triangle

Triangle (2009)

Triangle first published by Film4 On-stage with writer/director Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance) at the Film4 FrightFest 2009 to introduce the world premiere of Triangle, lead actress Melissa George seemed to commit the near-criminal faux pas of revealing a major spoiler. In fact this apparent clanger, while certainly not a red herring, did not and could…

Fare

The Fare (2018)

Driving in desert well beyond the city limits during a storm at night, cab driver Harris (Gino Anthony Pesi) half-listens to different talk radio chatter about time-leaping aliens, the male urge to conquer, and the female desire for intimacy, before taking a sip from his water flask and picking up his fare right out in…

Hitler

The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot (2018)

The world première of The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot at Fantasia 2018 The title of Robert D. Krzykowski’s The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot both is, and is not, a spoiler unto itself. As amiably crotchety and ungainly as the elderly individual whom it describes, the title constitutes an entirely…

Father

My Father Die (2016)

“The world was not round, not from where I stood.” My Father Die opens with at least three different kinds of myth. First there is the voice-over narration, casting its flat-earth perspective “downstream into the mouth of the Mississippi, into the heart of what I call home.” Then there is the close-up detail of Rubens’…

Lucifer

Lucifer (2014)

“Every judgment is meaningless” declares a voice at the beginning of Belgian director Gust van den Berghe’s Lucifer, before launching into a mythic account of the perfect knowledge attained by ancient peoples, and of the eventual “downward path” (with which the speaker expressly identifies himself) that came with humanity’s developing awareness of the difference between good and…