Abgeschnitten

Cut Off (Abgeschnitten) (2018)

Adapted from Sebastian Fitzek and Michael Tsokos’ best selling novel Abgeschnitten (2012), Cut Off (Abgeschnitten) takes its writer/director Christian Alvart back to the serial killer psychothriller terrains of his earlier feature Antibodies (Antikörper, 2005).  The film’s opening premise is as high-concept as they come: Paul Herzfeld (Moritz Bleibtreu), a divorced professor of forensic pathology working…

Potencial

Potential Victim (Victima Potencial) (2018)

Potential Victim (Victima Potencial) first published by EyeforFilm Positing an iconic star as vampiric avatar of the internet age, Potential Victim (Victima Potencial) is both postmodern experiment and extended music video. Chilean singer Sofía Oportot plays a version of herself, sustained, perhaps for eternity, by the dissemination online of her image and music by younger…

Bouffe

La Grande Bouffe (1973)

La Grande Bouffe first published by VODzilla.co Written in 1785, but not published until 1904, the Marquis de Sade’s notorious novel The 120 Days of Sodom became an instant cause célèbre for its sometimes moralising, sometimes glorifying depiction of four well-to-do middle-aged gentlemen enacting a four-month orgy of lust, perversion and murder upon an ensemble…

Made

I Made This For You (2018)

“In the UK and Ireland more than 125 people will commit suicide this week,” reads text at the beginning of I Made This For You, followed by a chaotic montage of people engaged in the noisy business of their everyday London existences. These, it will turn out, are some of the dramatis personae of both…

Poetry

Poetry (2010)

Poetry first published by Little White Lies There is something about blank pages – or empty screens – that demands we fill them with a bit of ourselves. This is why writer’s block has proved such a common narrative vehicle in films (think Barton Fink, Adaptation. and Swimming Pool) that deal with the creative process itself, dramatising their own imaginative…

Peppermint

Peppermint Candy (1999)

Peppermint Candy first published by Little White Lies It seems appropriate that, after being honoured in 1999 as the first domestically produced film to open the Pusan International Film Festival, Peppermint Candy was released into Korean cinemas on January 1, 2000. After all, Korean novelist Lee Chang-dong‘s second feature (after 1997’s award-winning Green Fish), uses the personal story of one man’s…

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

First published by musicOMH If you want to evoke hell in cinema, all you need is smouldering fires and horrific torments; and for heaven, just paint everything pearly white. When it comes to limbo, however, the iconography is far less defined. Neither here nor there, limbo tends to be both familiar and uncanny at the…