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In Jimmy Drain's Satan-thology REALM OF SHADOWS (2024), "recurrent themes, locations & cast limn an eternal, polarised struggle in search of elusive closure"
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03:05 AM - May 21, 2024
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Brucesploitation!: David Gregory's doc ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE is "a funny, bittersweet slice of monofocused nostalgia". On US Blu-ray from today via Severin Films https://projectedfigures.c...
02:01 AM - May 21, 2024
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"David and Nathan Zellner鈥檚 bittersweet elegy for the Anthropocene era finds the best and worst of humanity in its cryptid characters鈥 destiny of decline": SASQUATCH SUNSET (2024) coming to #SundanceLondon (8 & 9 Jun) & UK cinemas (14 Jun)
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03:31 AM - May 20, 2024
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"Now a farce, now a melodrama, now a tragedy, it is uproariously funny until it is not at all": Caye Casas' tense, darkly comic THE COFFEE TABLE (2022) shatters the comfort of character and viewer alike. On digital from today via Second Sight Films https://projectedfigures.c...
02:43 AM - May 20, 2024
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Strangers on a train: Duncan Jones' M枚bian sci-fi SOURCE CODE (2011) "repeatedly sends a soldier through the last memories of a train-travelling history teacher" in search of a better world. Available on 4K UHD from today via Studio Canal UK https://projectedfigures.c...
02:38 AM - May 20, 2024
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Isao Yukisada鈥檚 pugnacious punkish rites-of-passage drama GO (2001) "tracks an alienated teen Romeo and Juliet in insular Japan"
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05:21 AM - May 19, 2024
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Send in the clowns: Raymond Wood鈥檚 metacinematic revenge psycho-slasher FACELESS AFTER DARK (2023) "smartly subverts the gendered norms of Hollywood horror". In select US theatres & digital platforms from today via Dark Sky Films and MPI Media Group https://projectedfigures.c...
03:24 AM - May 17, 2024
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Period piece: one of my absolute favourite genre films of the new millennium, H茅l猫ne Cattet & Bruno Forzani's THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS (2013) is a beautiful, disturbing carve-up of the male psyche. Screens 9pm tonight on NYX UK. https://projectedfigures.c...
03:14 AM - May 17, 2024
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Alienation, awe and the infinite: Miranda July's extraordinary, bittersweet debut ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (2005) is on MUBI UK & Ireland
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03:02 AM - May 17, 2024
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"like Lynch's oddball classic Eraserhead updated for the slasher generation, BASKET CASE is a deranged psychodrama, full of gleefully gory set-pieces, quirky humour, and some impossibly moving pathos." Frank Henenlotter freakery now on ArrowPlayer https://projectedfigures.c...
02:56 AM - May 17, 2024
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You (don't) know the drill: THE DRILLER KILLER (1979), Abel Ferrara's high-low portrait of an artist's unraveling, is on ArrowPlayer (UK/Ire/US/Can) from today. https://projectedfigures.c...
02:52 AM - May 17, 2024
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Brilliantly self-aware bargain (de)basement haunted house schlocker: Jack Hill's SPIDER BABY, OR THE MADDEST STORY EVER TOLD (1967) is on ArrowPlayer (UK/Ire/US/Can) from today https://projectedfigures.c...
02:44 AM - May 17, 2024
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Texpressionist terror: Tobe Hooper鈥檚 EATEN ALIVE (1977) is on ArrowPlayer (UK/Ire/US/Can) from today https://projectedfigures.c...
02:31 AM - May 17, 2024
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In Amanda Nell Eu鈥檚 vibrant coming-of-age (creature) feature debut TIGER STRIPES (2023), "menarche is also monstrous metamorphosis into a wilder, freer femininity". In UK cinemas from today via UK Modern Films https://projectedfigures.c...
02:26 AM - May 17, 2024
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"a damaged adolescent slipping through the cracks of her disrupted relationship with her mother": Luna Carmoon鈥檚 feature debut HOARD (2023) in UK cinemas from today via Vertigo Releasing https://projectedfigures.c...
02:22 AM - May 17, 2024
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Punishment eluded, love unfulfilled, time frozen, justice suspended: Juan Jos茅 Campanella鈥檚 time-leaping romantico-political thriller THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (2009) is on BFIPlayer from today. Highly recommended. https://projectedfigures.c...
02:16 AM - May 17, 2024
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Toxic trauma: John Pata鈥檚 BLACK MOLD (2023) 鈥渓ets a damaged photographer process her guilt, loss, hope and fear in an abandoned building鈥. Screens 6pm tonight at Cinema Salem with director's Q&A https://projectedfigures.c...
02:10 AM - May 16, 2024
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Roman(t)i(c) comedy: Emir Kusturica鈥檚 magical realist Fellini-fest BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT (CRNA MACKA, BELI MACKA, 1998) "stages a parochial marriage of the roguish, the grotesque and the unhinged". On Klassiki Online from today. https://projectedfigures.c...
01:58 AM - May 16, 2024
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鈥淲hat you see is not a movie!鈥: too sad, sober and sombre in its allegory to be the cheesy schlockfest that some imagine, Ishiro Honda's original and best kaiju GODZILLA (GOJIRA, 1954) screens 12.45pm today at The Prince Charles Cinema. Stupendous. https://projectedfigures.c...
01:46 AM - May 16, 2024
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"a vulnerable woman documents her alienation and altering identity for an online horror game": Jane Schoenbrun's mediated psychodrama WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR screens 8pm tonight for Femme Fatalities at Gateway Film Center. Extraordinary! https://projectedfigures.c...
02:41 AM - May 15, 2024
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"here, instead of conspicuous affluence and yuppieism, we get an alternative view of street-level life on the destitute, desperate margins of Eighties America, comparable to the hell of war itself." COMBAT SHOCK, on Shudder UK and US from today
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02:28 AM - May 15, 2024
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Roman(t)i(c) comedy: Emir Kusturica鈥檚 magical realist Fellini-fest BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT (CRNA MACKA, BELI MACKA, 1998) "stages a parochial marriage of the roguish, the grotesque and the unhinged" https://projectedfigures.c...
02:55 AM - May 14, 2024
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"the fracturing relationship of a newborn鈥檚 parents and the furnishing that comes between them": Caye Casas' tragic farce THE COFFEE TABLE (La mesita del comedor, 2022) on US VOD from today via Cinephobia Releasing https://projectedfigures.c...
02:01 AM - May 14, 2024
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"Ken Russell's unsurprisingly outrageous romp exposes conflicting substrates of British identity": THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM (1988), available from today as a Walmart-exclusive Blu-ray #Steelbook from Lionsgate as part of their #VestronVideo line https://projectedfigures.c...
01:58 AM - May 14, 2024
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"LA neo noir/Hollywood satire packages angst and alienation for the online age": Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe's THE BETA TEST (2021) is on Shudder UK from today. https://projectedfigures.c...
02:29 AM - May 13, 2024
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Colonic comedy: Tyler Cornack's delirious, deadpan BUTT BOY (2019) approaches messy masculinity and midlife crisis from behind. This film is the (sur)real shit. On Shudder UK from today. https://projectedfigures.c...
02:22 AM - May 13, 2024
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"a hallucinatory portrait of a middle-aged mamma鈥檚 boy ever drowning in anxiety": Ari Aster's BEAU IS AFRAID (2023) looks a little too hard into my very soul, exposing all the ugly parts. I love it, obviously. https://projectedfigures.c...
05:23 AM - May 12, 2024 (Edited)
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Past-tense monster: Christophe Gans鈥 pre-Revolutionary cowboy flick/creature feature THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF (Le pacte des loups, 2001) "hunts for hidden truths in historical myth and mythopoeia" https://projectedfigures.c...
04:47 AM - May 12, 2024
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"confounds site and psyche, belying the notion that no (wo)man is an island": stained with sensibilities of the Seventies and earlier, Mark Jenkin's experimental eco-folk horror ENYS MEN (2022) is about a place, yet utterly disorienting https://projectedfigures.c...
04:06 AM - May 12, 2024
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"speculative scenarios get the viewer thinking hard about the ethics of our uncharted, exponential rush to embrace artificial intelligence": Franklin Ritch's sci-fi THE ARTIFICE GIRL (2022) https://projectedfigures.c...
03:34 AM - May 12, 2024
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