I Am A Channel

I Am A Channel (2024)

Brian Wiebe’s debut feature I Am A Channel concerns the rise and transformation of an influencer, played by its co-writer Christine Vrem-Ydstie. The influencer is both a relatively new phenomenon (given that they mostly peddle their mesmeric imprint online), and a figure of contradictions, unquestionably, indeed definitionally popular yet also often deeply despised. Like moving selfies,…

Triangle of Sadness

Triangle of Sadness (2022)

Triangle of Sadness first published by VODzilla.co With his features Play (2011), Force Majeure (2014) and The Square (2017), Swedish writer/director Ruben Östlund established himself as a keen observer of human drama and comedy. If the title of his latest, Triangle of Sadness, sounds like a riddle, it is solved very early in the film,…

I Haven't Done Anything

I Haven’t Done Anything (2023)

I Haven’t Done Anything screened at the London Korean Film Fest 2023. This is a transcript of my on-stage introduction (plus programme note) Park Sang-min’s previously co-wrote Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018) with its director Jung Bum-shik. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum was horror told in the found footage format, where its intradiegetic camerawork, reportage style and other…

Don't Look Up

Don’t Look Up (2021)

Don’t Look Up first published by Sight and Sound When Michigan family man and astronomy professor Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) first realises what is coming, he spends the night checking and rechecking the calculations, and is quick, the following day, to call the White House with the bad news. Mindy’s urgency matches the speed of…

Everybody Dies By The End

Everybody Dies By The End (2022)

Everybody Dies By The End had its world première at FrightFest 2022 Anyone who has seen Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End (2012) or Ryuhei Kitamura’s No One Lives (2012) will know that this kind of title can often come with irony and antiphrasis. So the title of Everybody Dies By The End, though of course containing a truism about human mortality,…

Three Eras

Three Eras (2021)

Although already well-established as the director and star of many two-reelers, it was not until 1923 that vaudeville comedian Buster Keaton got to write, direct, produce and star in his first feature film, Three Ages – which, to placate a studio nervous about entrusting a long-form project to a man whose directorial track record did…

Tomorrow

She Dies Tomorrow (2020)

She Dies Tomorrow first published by Sight & Sound, October 2020 Review: Amy has a death fixation. Not just the character Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) who has suddenly been filled with the absolute, unwavering certainty that she is going to meet her end the following day, and who is as close to a heroine as…

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct (aka Tone-Deaf) (2019)

There is a temptation, when it comes to Richard Bates Jr, to subscribe to the otherwise flawed notion of nominative determinism. After all, much as his full title literally signifies his juniority and his status as the latest in line to have inherited the family name, so too all his features – Excision (2012), Suburban…

Blame

I Blame Society (2020)

I Blame Society enjoyed its World Première Tues 28 January 2020 at the Rotterdam Film Festival Meet Gillian – an unfulfilled amateur filmmaker in LA. She has an MA but is unemployed, and the slew of ‘disturbing’ short films to her name have so far not helped her move on to anything bigger. When her…