Shadow of Fire

Shadow of Fire (Hokage) (2023)

Shadow of Fire (Hokage) screened at the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 In the still smouldering embers left by the end of the Pacific War, an unnamed woman (played with unhinged intensity by Shuri) lives alone in a tavern that is one of the only buildings in this black-market district left standing after the…

Dark Glasses

Dark Glasses (Occhiali neri) (2022) 

Dark Glasses (Occhiali neri) first published by SciFiNow Giallo king Dario Argento‘s Dark Glasses (Occhiali neri) opens with a wide establishing shot of residential buildings in Rome’s leafy suburbs, and then various mobile shots looking upwards at roadside trees and apartment blocks. As it is revealed that the perspective belongs to Diana (Ilenia Pastorelli) at…

Monster

Monster (2003)

Monster first published by Movie Gazette Virtually every film ever made about a serial killer includes a scene where the main character stares into a mirror. This device is an effective means for inviting viewers to imagine how the killer sees himself, but it is also a dreadful cliché, so its repeated use (a staggering…