The Xrossing

The Xrossing (2020)

In Swan View, on the eastern outskirts of Perth where the boundaries between city and bush are ill-defined, the corpse of 18-year-old Tracey Myers has been found. Tracey is the Laura Palmer of Western Australian suburbia – a high school girl who had her whole future ahead of her, but also a junkie on a…

Blindfire

Blindfire (2020)

Blindfire opens with text claiming that it is “based on actual events”, and an audio recording of a distressed man on a 911 call threatening to kill his own wife at his Los Angeles home address – which he duly supplies over the line. We then cut to LAPD officer Nika Wilkins (Sharon Leal) mocking…

Shorta

Shorta (2020)

“I can’t breathe,” 19-year-old Talib Ben Hassi (Jack Pedersen) shouts repeatedly, as police officers hold him down in a cell. With those three words right at the beginning of Shorta, writer/directors’ Frederik Louis Hviid and Anders Ølholm evoke the phrase used by Eric Garner and many other African-Americans before they died at the hands of…

Mercy

Just Mercy (2019)

Just Mercy first published by Sight & Sound, February 2020 (here modified) Review: Destin Daniel Cretton’s Just Mercy takes place in Monroeville, Alabama – also the birthplace of author Harper Lee and the setting for her 1960 novel To Kill A Mockingbird. In the film, locals seem confused, referring to Lee’s lawyer protagonist Atticus Finch…

Noire

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror first published by VODzilla.co “We’ve always loved horror,” states a female voice at the beginning of Xavier Burgin’s documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, as the camera pans over empty cinema seats. “It’s just that horror, unfortunately, hasn’t always loved us.” There follows a montage of…

meurtrier

One Deadly Summer (L’été meurtrier) (1983)

One Deadly Summer (L’été meurtrier) first published by Movie Gazette One Deadly Summer (L’été meurtrier) begins as a portrait of life in a small village in 1970s France. The narration of local fireman Pin-Pon (Alain Souchon) introduces us to his French-Italian family and describes his awkward crush on Elle (Isabelle Adjani), a pretty girl who…

Ebbing

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri first published by RealCrime Magazine Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is fearless and angry. It has been seven months since her daughter Angela was ‘raped while dying’ in the (fictional) town of Ebbing, and now Mildred has decided to rent three billboards to advertise the lack of progress in the police investigation,…