Tonic

Tonic (2023)

“I’m a fucking pianist, that’s how I make my living,” says Sebastian Poe (Billy Blair) near the beginning of writer/director Derek Presley’s Tonic. “I got these fingers, that’s it.” In mentioning his ‘fingers’, Sebastian is unconsciously alluding to James Toback’s Fingers (1978) which, like Jacques Audiard’s remake The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) and…

Toxic Impulses

Toxic Impulses (2022)

“Where is she?” asks a bald, moustachioed man who has pursued another through a warehouse basement and pinned him to the wall. The bald man then threatens to shoot his captive in the heart if he will not tell, and this is no idle threat – for within seconds, he has fired a single bullet,…

Cross The Line

Cross The Line (No matarás) (2020)

Cross The Line (No matarás)has its UK première at Grimmfest Easter Edition 2022 At the beginning of Cross The Line, directed by David Victori (The Pact, 2018), we see (and hear, breathing heavily) an old, invalid man (Miquel Bordoy) attached to a heart monitor and lying in a hospital bed set up in his living…

Laguna Ave.

Laguna Ave. (2021)

Laguna Ave has its world première at FrightFest 2021 In the opening scene of David Buchanan’s Laguna Ave., a man in a balaclava sneaks into a building at night, and steals a hard drive and a mug with the name Russell on it from one of the offices inside, before very carefully and deliberately taking…