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  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man 1989

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    Review first published by EyeforFilm

    If punk was the stripped-down, DIY expression of countercultural attitudes, and if cyberpunk explored the relation between individual and technology in a dystopian future, then Tsukamoto Shinya's Tetsuo falls somewhere between the two. For its down-and-dirty, fast-and-furious aesthetic - and Ishikawa Chu's pounding score – are ripped as much from the industrial music scene as from that movement's punk sibling, while its story is focused on a merger less between man and machine than between…

  • Zombieland 2009

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    Review first published by Little White Lies

    The year 2009 introduces a new law of cinema: if a film stars Jesse Eisenberg and features the word 'land' in the end of its title, it will infinitely surpass your expectations. The trailer for Adventureland promised dumbed-down gross-out antics – but delivered a tender comedy of coming-of-age awkwardness filled with deliciously bittersweet nostalgia, and with real wit to match its charm.

    Just the title of Zombieland will have many viewers (even horror…

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  • Nymphomaniac 2013

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    review from Film4 (slightly altered)
    www.film4.com/reviews/2013/nymphomaniac

    Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.

    Review:
    "Fill all my holes, please."
    It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…

  • What We Do in the Shadows 2014

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    Review first published by EyeforFilm

    Where television's Flight of the Conchords (2007-9), starring its co-writer Jemaine Clement and occasionally directed by Taika Waititi (Eagle vs SharkBoy), concerned a pair of clueless New Zealand musicians lost, confused and trying to get by in New York City, What We Do In The Shadows, on which Clement and Waititi serve as co-writers, co-directors and co-stars, plays like an undead inversion of that dynamic, focused as it is not just upon old-world European…