Reservation Dogs

Reservation Dogs (2021)

Reservation Dogs first published by Sight & Sound, Dec 2021 [review based on Series 1, Episodes 1-4] Synopsis: Okern, Oklahoma, the present. Four adolescent Native Americans commit crimes and come of age in a damaged community, hoping to raise enough money to leave. They evade Officer Big and a rival gang of teens, and have…

Foresight

Film4 Foresight Shorts (2021)

Film4 Foresight Shorts first published by SIght & Sound, December 2021 There are notable exceptions to be found in, for example, the Afrofuturist movement, but science fiction has predominantly been a white genre. Film4’s Foresight sets out to redress the imbalance by offering five short British sci-fi films which have been made by black and…

Demonic

Demonic (2021)

Demonic first published by Sight & Sound, October 2021 Synopsis: Somewhere in North America, today. Carly is drawn into an experimental attempt to make contact in a virtual space with her mass-murdering mother Angela, now in a coma. Yet there is something else inside, desperate to escape, and a team of Vatican demon hunters is…

Ben Wheatley on In The Earth

Ben Wheatley on In The Earth

Ben Wheatley on In The Earth first published (in a slightly different format) by Sight & Sound, Summer Edition 2021 Seeded from small beginnings, the filmmaking career of Ben Wheatley has grown steadily.  He has gone from making viral online comedy clips and animated shorts in the early Noughties to ever larger rôles contributing to…

Jumbo

Jumbo (2021)

Jumbo first published by Sight & Sound, Summer Eddition 2021 Review: After a title sequence written in flickering blue, green and red letters, writer/director Zoé Wittock’s Jumbo begins with a strange vision: a young woman stands, her back to the camera, and opens her arms in ecstatic surrender to brightly-hued lights rapidly circling in the…

A Quiet Place Part II

A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

A Quiet Place Part II first published by Sight & Sound, Summer 2021 Review: A quiet, all-American community in upstate New York – a ghost town really, with the clinking of Stars and Stripes on their flagpoles the only sign, and more importantly sound, of life. When Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) drives past in his…

Apples

Apples (Mila) (2020)

Apples (Mila) first published by Sight & Sound, April 2021 Review: Christos Nikou’s Apples opens with a montage of pictures showing a bourgeois apartment’s empty interiors. Even if these shots – a ruffled pillow, a mug on a messy table, a bed, a close-up of a lacy dress hanging from a cupboard door – are…

Six Variations

Six Variations on the Woman in Trouble at FrightFest 2020

Six Variations on the Woman in Trouble at FrightFest 2020 first published by Sight & Sound The Digital Edition of FrightFest ran from 27the-31st August Includes capsules of: Hall, The Columnist, Dark Stories, 12 Hour Shift, Blinders, The Swerve In 2020, Covid-19 has driven the August FrightFest underground and online, in a streamlined edition –…

Possessor

Possessor (2020)

Possessor first published (in a slightly different version) by Sight & Sound Review: “When did you get so clever?” asks Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough) in an early scene from Possessor, as her young son Ira (Gage Graham-Arbuthnot) shows how he can use his laptop to choreograph the movements of a toy figurine. The apple, it…

Archive

Archive (2020)

Archive first published by Sight & Sound, March 2021 Review: In Archive, the feature debut of writer/director Gavin Rothery, two very different types of futurist technology converge: the emergence of ‘deep-tiered machine learning artificial intelligence’ that can convincingly match a human mind; and the ‘Archive’ of the title, a commercially available device that preserves the…