Booger

Booger (2023)

Booger seen at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2023 Writer/director Mary Dauterman’s feature debut Booger opens with phone footage shot by Izzy Walker (Sofie Dobrushin) of a stray black cat making itself at home on the bed of her disgusted flatmate Anna (Grace Glowicki), who is not at all happy about this turn of events…

De Patrick

Patrick (De Patrick) (2019)

Patrick (De Patrick) first published by Little White Lies (in a shorter version online) “It’s all down to an uncertain void that has been created,” says Herman (Pierre Bokma) as he addresses the residents of a naturist campsite in a bid to take over now that the owner Rudy (Josse De Pauw) has died. Herman…

Finding Ophelia

Finding Ophelia (2021)

The title Finding Ophelia might suggest something along the lines of Al Pacino’s Looking For Richard (1996), in which the Academy/Tony-award-winning actor seeks the relevance and resonance of his latest Shakespearean rôle. Yet while Stephen Rutterford’s film is also a feature debut, and certainly evokes Shakespeare (among other things), Finding Ophelia is no documentary, but…

Starfish

Starfish (2018)

Starfish first published(in a slightly shorter version) by VODzilla.co Grief can be apocalyptic. When somebody close dies, the overwhelming sense of loss – and the concomitant denial, regret, guilt, dissociation, depression and anger – can be devastating. It is, of course, possible to survive, and to get through to the other side, but neither the…

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…

Annihilation

Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation first published by VODzilla.co Lena (Natalie Portman) is both a soldier and a scientist. This might, as the psychologist Dr Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) suggests, make Lena perfectly suited for the expedition that these two are undertaking with three other women: physicist Josie Radek (Tessa Thompson), geomorphologist Cassie Sheppard (Tuva Novotny) and paramedic Anya Thoronsen…

Holy

The Holy Mountain (1973)

First published by EyeforFilm In a sense Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first three feature films – Fando y Lis (1968), El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973) – all tell essentially the same story: a man goes on a metaphysical quest for self-knowledge and divine enlightenment through an imperfect world of symbols, delusions and perversions. Yet despite their shared DNA, each…

Jauja

Jauja (2014)

Jauja first published by FilmLand Empire Jauja is a real city in Peru. In 1534 it briefly became the nation’s provisional capital until a year later Pizarro settled on Lima instead – and it was also located in a rich area, well supplied with Inca food and clothing, which gave rise to its legendary status amongst…