Coup!

Coup! (2023)

Coup! has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 The events of Joseph Schuman and Austin Stark’s Coup! take place in the America, towards the Great War‘s end in 1918, but it could equally, mutatis mutandis, be set today. The obvious point of comparison is the Spanish flu which is working its way…

Black Bear

Black Bear (2020)

“Do you remember what it was like in the beginning, before all of this?”, Allison (Aubrey Plaza, Life After Beth) will ask near the end of Black Bear written and directed by Lawrence Michael Levine whose previous feature, Wild Canaries (2014), also boasted a bestial title. “We were so happy,” Allison continues, “I just want…

Antiviral

Antiviral (2012)

Anitiviral first published by Sight & Sound Review: “She’s perfect somehow,” says Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones), selling a dream to his rapt customer – and like the best salesmen, Syd believes his own pitch, even if that modifier “somehow” allows for certain flaws. With his designer suit and scarf, his slicked back hair and his…

Enemy

Enemy (2014)

Enemy first published by FilmLand Empire “Chaos is order yet undeciphered” reads text near the beginning of Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, proclaiming the film’s status as a thorny puzzle in need of careful decoding. Enemy may be adapted from José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double, but it is equally haunted by the spirits of Hegel, Lynch…