Candyman

Candyman (1992)

Candyman first published by Little White Lies, as entry 68 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Graduate student Helen (Virginia Madsen) and her colleague Bernadette Walsh (Kasi Lemmons) are recording younger undergraduates tell macabre, can’t-really-be-true stories that happened to a friend of a friend, for a study on urban myths. The first such myth that Helen…

Doe

Doe (2018)

A heavily bearded man (Timothy Davis) wakes up covered in newspapers on a park bench, with absolutely no idea who he is or how he got there. Eight years later, and still remembering nothing of his past save for a red-and-white-hued dream about holding a rabbit, this John Doe has become John Hutton – now…

Get

Get Out (2017)

Get Out first published by Little White Lies A beleaguered protagonist struggles to determine whether he is just being paranoid, or there truly is a grand conspiracy – with him as its malevolent focus. While one way to approach this sort of material is through the filter of horror, another would be just to make a…

Suture

Suture (1993)

Suture first published by Little White Lies as part 13 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “How is it that we know who we are?”, asks psychiatrist Dr Shinoda (Sab Simono) in voiceover at the beginning of Suture. As he continues to discuss the deeply ingrained sense of personal identity, remaining in place no matter how confusing…

Fruitvale

Fruitvale Station (2013)

Fruitvale Station first published by Film4 Synopsis: The feature debut of writer/director Ryan Coogler, this docudrama uses a real-life injustice to explore America’s abiding problems with racial division. Review: Fruitvale Station opens with a temporal dissonance. The first thing we hear may be Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) and his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), early in…