Archival Detective Work – Three Minutes: A Lengthening

By Elias Savada. Not your conventional Holocaust documentary…. Fragments get incessantly replayed, slowed down, reversed, enlarged, and otherwise altered to sniff out clues and provide context, sometimes agonizingly so.” This genealogical gumshoe of a documentary starts with three-plus minutes of silent home movie footage, accompanied only by the sound of […]

Regeneration in Tokyo: Masashi Yamamoto’s Robinson’s Garden (1987)

By Thomas M. Puhr. A true lost classic, one which should find the wider audience it so richly deserves.” Kani Releasing’s best offering to date, Masashi Yamamoto’s Robinson’s Garden (Robinson no niwa, 1987) is a revelation, the type of overlooked gem that blasts any modest expectations you might have for […]

The Discomfort of Strangers: Christian Tafdrup’s Speak No Evil (2022)

By Thomas M. Puhr. More akin to an ancient tragedy – one that looks unflinchingly at the terrible depths to which all-too-human people can sink.” Horrible things happen in Christian Tafdrup’s Speak No Evil (2022), but it is not really a horror film. Like Salò (1975) or Martyrs (2008), it […]

Shower Me with Likes: Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes’ Sissy (2022)

By Thomas M. Puhr. Sissy satisfies on most fronts, eliciting shocked guffaws and legitimate scares in equal measure. It’s easy to imagine it one day becoming something of a cult classic.” Cecilia seems to have it all. Her mental health video podcast, “Sincerely, Cecilia” – which includes episodes with titles […]

Resistance to Conformity: Eva Vitija’s Loving Highsmith (2022)

By Melanie Marotta. Ever since I was sixteen or seventeen, I’d – I’d get what is sometimes called creepy ideas.” (05:19-05:25) With Loving Highsmith (2022), writer and director Eva Vitija does what others have refused to do – she resists labeling Highsmith. Instead, by allowing her life to unfold, viewers […]

A Grim War Tale: Burial

By Elias Savada. Despite the director’s limited ability to handle low-budget action in his debut feature, his much more accomplished follow-up shows he still needs to work with better, less-confusing script material.” British filmmaker Ben Parker only has two features under his belt: The Chamber from 2017 and Burial, now […]

Bloody Family Reunion: Vincent Grashaw’s What Josiah Saw (2021)

By Thomas Puhr. In short, wildly inconsistent. But at its best, it’s something to behold; more akin to a Southern Gothic short story of the William Faulkner variety than a straight-up horror exercise.” Given its vaguely connected story threads – each of which varies considerably in quality – Vincent Grashaw’s […]