The Pale Blue Eye

The Pale Blue Eye (2022)

The Pale Blue Eye first published by Little White Lies You wait ages for one fictionalised detective story featuring Edgar Allan Poe during his cadetship years at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and then two come along. Yet where Christopher Hatton’s Raven’s Hollow (2022) was so deeply engaged with the…

All Or Nothing

All Or Nothing (2002)

All Or Nothing first published by Little White Lies, as entry 141 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column (yeah, I am aware how utterly incongruous this particular film is for the column’s remit) Written and directed by Mike Leigh, All Or Nothing is an ensemble film about three households living on the same London council estate,…

Heartless

Heartless (2009)

Heartless first published by Film4 Summary: Philip Ridley’s third feature is a horror-inflected mind-melt set on the mean streets of East London.  Review: Anyone who has seen Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up (1966), the Pang Brothers’ Ab-Normal Beauty (2004) or Ryuhei Kitamura’s Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Train (2008) will know that films with photographers for protagonists…