We Had It Coming (2019)

We Had It Coming opens with two programmatic sequences. In the first, Katja (Sofie Holland) is woken by the sound of a hardcore porn clip landing on her phone – a video in which, by implication, she features. She then, after grimly donning the transparent platform shoes that are part of her work costume, hangs…

Funuke

Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers! (2007)

Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers! first published by Film4 Summary:  Daihachi Yoshida’s directorial debut is a black domestic dramedy in which family frictions seek artistic outlets.  Review: The dysfunctional family is a traditional subject for Japanese cinema that perhaps achieved its best known and most refined form in Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953). Daihachi Yoshida’s…

Alice

Alice (2019)

Alice first published by VODzilla.co “You know how to do this. You have been doing it your whole life. You have been trained to scan people’s emotions. To know what to say, how to behave, how to please everyone. Take control, Sophia.” So says Lisa (Chloé Boreham), a Francophone New Zealander living in Paris and…

Karaoke

Karaoke Crazies (2016)

With a poster from Gone With The Wind over its front door as an emblem of both faded glory and of melodrama to come, Addiction Karaoke is a small-town, dead-end club where people go to lose themselves – and not just the clients. Struggling to make ends meet, and haunted by a personal tragedy, owner…

The World Of Kanako

The World of Kanako (2014)

“I just want to find my daughter,” declares Fujishima Akikazu (Koj iYakusho). Lost to a haze of pills, alcohol and psychiatric disorders, this destructively aggressive ex-cop turned security guard has just been interviewed by the police regarding some young murder victims found in the convenience store near where he works, when his ex-wife Kiriko calls…

Q

Visitor Q (2001)

Visitor Q first published by Movie Gazette In 1968, Pier Paolo Pasolini made Teorema (or Theorem), in which, by depicting a middle-class family torn apart by the arrival of a mysterious stranger who seduces each of its members, the Marxist director launched an effectively shocking onslaught on the traditional values of the bourgeoisie. Teorema was…