Six home releases from June 2023

Six home releases from June 2023

Six home releases from June 2023 first published by Little White Lies as entry 177 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Includes capsule reviews of: The Lighthouse, Red Sun (Rote Sonne), Revenge (Adauchi), Stephen King on Screen, Lady Reporter, Le Mépris (Contempt) The Lighthouse (2018) “I’m probably a figment of your imagination,” observes Thomas Wake (Willem…

Padre

Padre (2016)

“I will always be your father.” These words close the letter that Giulia Fontana (Giada Colagrande) reads – and that we hear in voiceover – as she circles a cloister at the beginning of Padre. Famous composer Giulio (played by singer, artist and filmmaker Franco Battiato) has died, leaving for his adult daughter a mysterious…

eXistenZ

eXistenZ (1999)

eXistenZ first published by Little White Lies, as the 57th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “I don’t like it here. I don’t know what’s going on, we’re both stumbling around together in this unformed world whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly non-existent. Always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don’t understand.” ‘PR nerd’ Ted Pikul (Jude Law) is a…

Antichrist

Antichrist (2009)

Antichrist first published by Film4 Summary: Maverick Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier tells a traumatic tale of mental and marital breakdown in the deep, dark woods. Review: “There is nothing atypical about your grief”, declares an unnamed cognitive therapist (Willem Dafoe) to an unnamed patient (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who also happens to be his wife, and whose grief is,…

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: David Lynch is executive producer on this Werner Herzog film about a man, his sword, his mother, and the long arm of the Lord. Inspired by a true story. Review: As the sound of a train is heard in the distance, the title ‘David Lynch presents’ appears on screen, followed swiftly…