Snap

Snap (aka Enter the Dangerous Mind) (2013)

Snap (aka Enter The Dangerous Mind) first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “But that’s every human being on the planet,” insists Wendy (Nikki Reed), unable to accept a fellow student’s definition of the mentally ‘sick’ as anyone who “presents a potential risk to himself and/or others.”  Social work student Wendy clings fervently to the notion that…

Daniel Isn't Real

Daniel Isn’t Real (2019)

Daniel Isn’t Real first published by Little White Lies. A different review of the film can be found here. It is all in the title. Lots of films – which won’t be named here to avoid spoiling – only reveal the imaginariness of a character’s ‘invisible friend’ as a Big Twist™, but we know from…

The Messenger (2015)

First published by Sight & Sound, October 2015 Synopsis: An English coastal town, the present. Off-his-meds drifter Jack sees the dead, and reluctantly helps them communicate with the living. The recently murdered journalist Mark asks Jack to send a goodbye message to his grieving wife Sarah. Observing her, Jack realises that she is pregnant. Jack…

Kotoko

Kotoko (2011)

First published by EyeforFilm “Hang tough, Japan!” exhorts the man on the television set. It is a subtle acknowledgement that production on Tsukamoto Shinya’s Kotoko took place in the shadow of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake – for here, as in Himizu (2011), an isolated individual’s psychodrama unfolds against the backdrop of an entire nation in catastrophic ruins,…

Snap (2013)

First published as part of EyeforFilm’s Undistributed Gems If its title evokes both a sound and a psychological crisis, Youssef Delara and Victor Teran’s film combines these themes in the divided personality of Jim (Jake Hoffman), an unstable loner who tries to block out the voices in his head – and the traumas of his past…