Diane

Diane (2017)

Diane first published by SciFiNow “I can honestly say, she’s the most beautiful girl I’ve seen in my entire life.” In New Britain, Connecticut, Steve (Jason Alan Smith) is a limping veteran of the War in Afghanistan. He is isolated, earnest, taciturn, able to handle himself – and, with his history of violence, maybe wound…

Toy Terminator

Toy Terminator (2021)

The doll’s house is the arena where (typically) little white girls play out, or occasionally resist, the model of life that they have inherited from their family and culture, in an idealised, plastic parody of patriarchy. The Toy Terminator opens with an image of a doll’s house – a cottage (that is clearly a model)…

Before I'm Dead

Before I’m Dead (2021)

Genre is often just a way to frame and to storify psychological experience, and this is certainly the case with Before I’m Dead. The feature may assume an increasingly mind-melting range of genre elements – space invasion, doppelgängers, time paradoxes, a looping trap (expressly compared to Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day, 1993); and it may feature a…

Dementer

Dementer (2020)

The dread comes early in Dementer. Opening with a psychedelic barrage of panicky snatches from an impressionistic sequence of events (a bonfire, a barking dog, a naked woman fleeing a vehicle, a grey-haired figure groping about in a room), all choreographed to the sound of a menacing male voice counting up to 13, and to the…

Pappy's

Pappy’s World (2018)

Pappy’s World (2018) It is Christmas, and while her Grandpa (Fred Polone), an Uncle Remus figure with fake grey beard and tattered straw hat, lies snoring in a chair, a girl (Jaz Frazier) uses his cane to reach the forbidden wrapped box at the top of a teetering pile of presents. Inside she finds Pappy…

Combat

Combat Shock (1984)

Combat Shock first published by VODzilla.co Coming at the beginning of a film, the words “Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz Present a Troma Team Release” usually promise a trawl to the very bottom of B-movie bad taste, but Buddy Giovinazzi’s feature debut Combat Shock, which he wrote, directed, produced and edited, is something else entirely. Perhaps…

Never

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

You Were Never Really Here first published by RealCrime Magazine If You Were Never Really Here represents a complex living portrait of its protagonist Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), then right from the opening scene, in which we glimpse him attempting to suffocate himself with a plastic bag, our hero is at least partly keen for his own…

Wind

Wind Walkers (2015)

First published by TheHorrorShow “They invaded our home and brought us viruses that we could not survive. That took the spirit of the people. And now we are doing the same thing in other lands to other people. Our own young men have forgotten the stories. They fight, they kill, in places where they don’t…

Waltz With Bashir

Waltz With Bashir (2008)

Waltz With Bashir first published by Film4 Synopsis: In Ari Folman’s feature-length animated documentary, the filmmaker and one-time soldier sets out to reconstruct his repressed memories of the First Lebanon War. Review: Documentaries are not supposed to be like this. Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir is a personal memoir from a man with no memory, at least at first, of…