Black Cat White Cat

Black Cat, White Cat (Crna macka, beli macka) (1998)

Black Cat, White Cat (Crna macka, beli macka) first published by Film4 Summary: Chaos visits a gunshot wedding in a small Balkan village full of gangsters, cheats and liars. Emir Kusturica directs this carnivalesque romantic comedy. Review: “Weddings and funerals don’t mix”, declares the incompetent blackmarketeer Matko (Bajram Severdzan) in Black Cat, White Cat (Crna macka,…

My Sister's Wedding

My Sister’s Wedding (2022)

As its very title suggests, My Sister’s Wedding is concerned not just with the institution of marriage, but also with a protagonist who is simultaneously at the film’s centre and on its sidelines.  When it comes to her family, Allison Valentine (Samantha Sayah) is always caught in between. She is the middle sister to older…

Croc!

Croc! (aka Crocodile Vengeance) (2022)

Croc! had its world première at FrightFest 2022 In 2007, Stewart Raffill’s Croc was released, about a giant man-eating crocodile on the loose near Krabi in Thailand. Now Paul W. Franklin’s similarly titled debut feature has come out, about a giant man-eating crocodile on the loose on an estate “in the middle of fucking Hampshire”…

Ready

Ready Or Not (2019)

Ready Or Not first published by Sight & Sound, October 2019 Review: As founding members of filmmaking collective Radio Silence, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have previously helmed the segment 10/31/98 from V/H/S (2012), the frame story from Southbound (2016) and all of Devil’s Due (2014). Their latest, Ready Or Not, is a darkly funny…

Destination

Destination Wedding (2018)

Destination Wedding first published by Sight & Sound, June 2019 Review: Though all very different kinds of films, Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly (2006), Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) are arbitrarily unified through the shared casting of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. The same…

Demon

Demon (2015)

Demon first published by Little White Lies, as the 58th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Adapted by director Marcin Wrona and his co-writer Pawel Maslona from Piotr Rowicki’s 2008 play Adherence, Demon opens with two images: a digger being driven at dawn through streets so utterly deserted that they might as well be in…