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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Color Rose (The Sinners) (2020) this dreamily shot, softly lit story of adolescent angst finds itself switching between the different registers of Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides (1999), Andrew Fleming's The Craft (1996) and David Fincher's Se7en (1995).‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
89% Dead (2020) Marble and Tiggs form an improbable buddy act, evoking the undead cop comedy of Mark Goldblatt's Dead Heat even as their undercover infiltration of Wellington's gay club scene plays like an absurdist Kiwi retelling of William Friedkin's Cruising.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
No Score Yet The Brain that Wouldn't Die (2020) ....finds a new postmodern, parodic body for the severed head of an early Sixties sci-fi B movie.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
No Score Yet Held (2020) Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing's entrapment thriller stages manipulative scenes from a marriage under patriarchy.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
No Score Yet The World We Knew (2020) Economically told and full of lived-in performances, this bleak gangland ghost story shows toxic masculinity caught in its own limbo.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet Benny Loves You (2020) In this comic killer-doll film, our hero struggles to put away childish things, even as we are left wondering whether it might be Jack's own arrested psyche, rather than a stuffed animal, that is the real deadly danger.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet Concrete Plans (2020) ...Welsh building site becomes a microcosm for British insularity, xenophobia and dog-eat-dog rapacity, with everyone trying to rip off a corrupt London-centric system that is loaded against them. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
83% Honeydew (2020) It is a familiar story, told in a defamiliarised, disorienting style, and its excruciating cavalcade of carnivorous transgressions represents the craft of unease at its most pure and perverse.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet The Banishing (2020) The vicious revenants within this house mirror the spectre of fascism rising beyond its walls‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
61% The Owners (2020) From this chaotic clash between different classes and generations, a genre-distorted picture emerges of contemporary Britain where property is in the hands of senior citizens, and the have-nots are forced to keep living with their elders.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
75% Hosts (2020) exposes a deep seam of dysfunctional fathering and familial alienation as the Hendersons's Yuletide dinner is violently disrupted by body-snatched neighbours, and home truths are excavated.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet Caveat (2020) The uncannily claustrophobic design of the setting matches the tightness of the irrationally unfolding narrative in this slice of ghostly surrealism, so beautifully styled that you can practically smell the mildew-stained walls.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
5/5 100% His House (2020) Creepy and disorienting haunted house film. Superlative horror.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
100% Vicious Fun (2020) The result is a self-aware skewering of decades-old fashions and sensibilities that have still left their bloody mark on our own era of genre filmmaking.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
No Score Yet It Cuts Deep (2020) Nicholas Santos' It Cuts Deep uses a heady mix of character comedy and slasher tropes to skewer a crazy kind of toxic masculinity.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
No Score Yet Evil Boy (Stray) (2019) Some people can never stop clinging to what is no longer there, even when they know that it is not... and it is this paradox which the film captures with both an uncanny sense of dread and a real emotional intelligence.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
No Score Yet Anonymous Animals (2020) No matter whether this represents Sadean surrealism, vegetarian tract or nature's revenge, it certainly reflects back at us that strangest and cruellest of creatures, the human animal.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
No Score Yet Padmavyuha (2020) Raj Krishna's not-quite-short film Padmavyuha stages a man's crisis of faith as a genre-bound conspiracy investigation‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
No Score Yet Urubú (2020) One might ask why Ibáñez felt a need to revisit the themes of his father's film - but perhaps the more pertinent question is why the mistreatment and mortality of the world's youngest humans has changed so little in 43 years. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
100% Frank & Zed (2020) Blanchard's amiable, low-budget labour of love will have you smiling through the slaughter, while recognising that the real monsters are those power-hungry Svengalis and demagogues who make puppets of us all.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 96% Saint Maud (2020) A queasily tense descent into the blindest of faith.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Blackout (2008) Blackout gets stuck between genres, without enough decent characterisation (or uninterrupted tension) to take it to the next level. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
100% The Taste of Tea (Cha no aji) (2004) while there are multiple characters and all manner of oddball excursions, everything is anchored in a gentle, affectionate view of a household whose members are ever so slowly finding themselves. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
57% Shortcut (2020) Alessio Liguori's Shortcut is horror about and for teens, allegorising coming of age as a monstrous confrontation in a dark tunnel.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
100% Buck Alamo or (A Phantasmagorical Ballad) (2020) Mixing vivid realism with dreamy hallucinations and moments of ethereal beauty, Buck Alamo is as grounded as the geodes that Eli fashions into ornaments to sell in town, and as abstract as a Biblical apocalypse. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
71% Becky (2020) Becky... is all at once the film's plucky heroine, fearlessly standing up to vicious wickedness, and also its arch villainess - making Becky a thrilling if morally (as well as viscerally) messy experience for the viewer. ‐ Through the Trees
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
100% Xianggang zhizao (Made in Hong Kong) (1997) ...capture[s] the live-fast-die-young spirit of a vibrant coming-of-age indie which keeps sticking its rebellious finger up to the values of Hong Kong's adults while literally dancing over their graves.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
4/5 87% Barking Dogs Never Bite (Flandersui gae) (2000) A mordant affair, presenting itself as wryly funny in its observations of human foibles, while in fact exposing the cruel underbelly of 'modern behaviourism'...‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
100% Ten Minutes To Midnight (2020) Ten Minutes To Midnight seems destined to be embraced by the horror crowd, but it is a difficult film to pin down - all at once cynical yet sentimental, nostalgic yet nihilistic, genre-driven yet wildly experimental. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
81% Violation (2020) Violation constantly muddies its own waters, serving up more than just des(s)erts to everyone, and showing revenge - in both its psychology and its mechanics - to be every bit as messy as its antecedent trigger.‐ Through the Trees
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) a horror movie which reduces its central fear to the most fundamental form of existential dread.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
81% The Painted Bird (2020) the Boy must constantly adapt to survive, while also being altered & scarred by his experiences, so that his true identity remains Protean - an Everyman, or at least Everyboy, for the shifting borders & compromised allegiances of the Second World War‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
No Score Yet Shin jingi no hakaba (Graveyard of Honor) (2002) Serially raping his 'wife' and shooting, stabbing and clubbing his comrades at arms, he is on a nihilistic, narcissistic dash upwards that is simultaneously a race downwards, and he brings near everyone whom he encounters crashing with him.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
No Score Yet Graveyard of Honor (Jingi no hakaba) (Death of Honor) (1975) While the violence and chaos that he brings may emblematise the profound winds of change that swept through Occupied Japan in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, this trouble-making protagonist beats, rapes and kills with unrestrained abandon‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 83% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) A Twilight Zone of grief.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
100% Survival Skills (2020) After all the absurdist laughs at the start, Armstrong's film takes an unexpectedly agonising downward turn into disillusionment and despair - exposing a policing system that destroys the lives of those on the inside as well as the outside. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
No Score Yet Enhanced (2020) It is not that Enhanced is bad, as such - rather it is undistinguished, failing significantly to mutate, or even just to enhance, what its many predecessors have already accomplished.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
100% The Swerve (2020) Dean Kapsalis crafts an unnerving sketch of a tired woman and a tired country going off the rails‐ Through the Trees
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
100% Blinders (2020) This cunningly constructed stalker thriller plays several blinders on the viewer.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
100% Av: The Hunt (2020) a dispiriting state-of-the-nation survival thriller in which rape and murder are validated as acceptable male behaviours, women are treated like animals, and the running can only ever end one way.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
100% Minor Premise (2020) a literal mind-melt, pitting an unbalanced neuroscientist against different isolated sections of his brain.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
78% Skull: The Mask (2020) Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman bring bloody bedlam and an allegory of national rapine to the streets of contemporary São Paulo.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
100% Undergods (2020) while all these oneiric stories, and stories-within-stories, may show familial and societal breakdown 'in another world' (or other worlds), they also reflect, en abyme, a broader entropy in our own.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
29% Aquaslash (2020) these kids are frolicking in a faded 1980s adventureland whose very name - Wet Valley - is suggestive of the horny pleasures that they seek, but they are also barrelling headlong into the decade of the classic slasher, where sex leads to death‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
71% Hall (2020) a tense, bleak corridor odyssey in which the human characters are not the only ones breaking out. For here, patriarchy itself is pandemic.‐ Through the Trees
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
90% Two Heads Creek (2019) Jesse O'Brien's carnivorous horror-comedy skewers English and Australian xenophobia.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
No Score Yet Don't Click (2020) There may be gory agonies and dismemberments on display, but it is us, ultimately, being taken apart, as the film deconstructs its own target audience, and reminds us of the real people haunting the other side of our screens.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
100% Dark Place (2019) All these stories stage - in some cases, even fancifully resolve - tensions and traumas within the Aboriginal community, ensuring that this uncanny omnibus carries plenty of unusual, urgent subtext.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
No Score Yet They're Outside (2020) A pop psychologist tries to coax a haunted agoraphobe outside in this creaky found footage flick.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
No Score Yet Blind (2020) Blind lacks all economy. The prolonged game of cat-and-mouse between Faye and her stalker is almost entirely one-sided (the mouse never knows that she is playing) and therefore event-free. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020