King Kong 2005

King Kong (2005)

King Kong first published by EyeforFilm, 9 Dec, 2005 New Zealand director Peter Jackson and his latest protagonist, the mighty Kong, sure have a lot in common. Both are hulking, hirsute figures who have long enjoyed cult status on their remote islands, both were discovered (along with their beautiful native habitats) by America’s moving picture industry…

Alexander

Alexander (2023)

September 11th is the date of the key events from which Ardit Sadiku’s documentary portrait Alexander reverberates, as New York migrant Alexander Gruda and his wife Marjana retrace the steps of a loss that has helped define who they are today. Yet Alexander’s 9/11 was not in 2001, but rather back in 1990, when he…

Detective Knight Rogue

Detective Knight: Rogue (2022)

In the last phase of his career, one-time blockbusting actor Bruce Willis has become a regular collaborator with indie writer/director Edward Drake (Broil, 2020). As well as co-writing John Suits’ Anti-Life (2020) and Chuck Russell’s Paradise City (2022) as vehicles for Willis, Drake himself has directed Willis in American Siege (2021), Apex (2021), Cosmic Sin…

New New York

Sex, Love, Misery: New New York (2022)

Written, directed and produced by Shannon Alexander (The Misguided, 2018), who evidently also shoots most of the footage not filmed by his subjects on their own smartphones, Sex, Love, Misery: New New York is a do-it-yourself documentary on dating. Alexander follows six people – Aisha Kerensa (who also composed and performed the score), Emile Filippi,…

Immortal

Immortal (aka Immortel (ad Vitam)) (2004)

Immortal (aka Immortel (ad Vitam)) first published by Film4 Summary: Enki Bilal brings the mannered universe of his own comic books to life, in a hybrid mix of real and virtual action. Review: New York, 2095. On the eve of an election, a giant stone pyramid has appeared, hovering over the cityscape, while Central Park has transformed…

Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck (2017)

Wonderstruck first published by Little White Lies “You really do live in a museum,” complains single mother Elaine (Michelle Williams) to her son Ben (Oakes Fegley), whose bedroom is festooned with the souvenirs, mementoes and detritus that he has curated over the 12 years of his life. Museums form key locations in Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, which…

Permanent Vacation (1980)

First published by EyeforFilm “You know, sometimes I just think I should live fast and die young, and go in a three-piece suit like Charlie Parker. Not bad, huh?” So says Aloysius ‘Allie’ Parker (Chris Parker) to his girlfriend of the moment Leila (Leila Gastil), as he preens and slicks back his hair before the…