Broadcast Signal Intrusion – SXSW 2021 Review

by Anton Bitel Broadcast Signal Intrusion opens with a video recording that resolves into a dream. A woman runs happily through a field, and a man pursues her with a camera. Then she stops, swaying in the mist, her face turned away, and we get his, or at least his camera’s, point of view of her back, until she spins around again to reveal that … Continue reading Broadcast Signal Intrusion – SXSW 2021 Review

Stray – Review

by Alistair Ryder On paper, Stray looks like nothing more than the canine lover’s much needed answer to the 2016 film Kedi. That surprise documentary smash followed some of the cats who roam the streets of Istanbul, speaking with the residents who interact with them daily – a deceptively slight study of the relationship between man and beloved animal. Stray makes for an effective companion … Continue reading Stray – Review

Language Lessons – SXSW 2021 Review

by Cheyenne Bunsie We don’t want Zoom films. Already a year into staring dead-eyed into the camera and letting the fifth ‘100% necessary’ meeting of the day wash over us. We know that having our camera on is about being ‘sociable’ in these deeply isolating times. That it’s only polite to let coworkers comment on our decor and discover what our hair looks like when … Continue reading Language Lessons – SXSW 2021 Review

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson – BFI Flare 2021 Review

by Nathan Osborne A bold and bracing effort, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson tackles race, homosexuality and a time loop in this timely but messy debut from Ali LeRoi. The titular Tunde Johnson is a tragic victim of police brutality, but immediately awakens after death to find himself trapped in a terrifying time loop that forces him to confront painful home truths. Serving as the … Continue reading The Obituary of Tunde Johnson – BFI Flare 2021 Review

Firebird – BFI Flare 2021 Review

by Nathan Osborne Making its world premiere at BFI Flare, Peeter Rebane’s familiar but beautifully crafted feature debut is a soaring exploration of masculinity, homophobia and sexuality in secret. Set at the height of the Cold War and based on a true story, Firebird charts the love triangle between a troubled young private, a daring fighter pilot and a female comrade on a soviet Air … Continue reading Firebird – BFI Flare 2021 Review

Sound of Violence – SXSW Review

by Anton Bitel Slashers and other kinds of psychodrama typically feature a sequence which, in a phrase borrowed from Sigmund Freud, gets called the ‘primal scene‘ – often opening the film, or shown in flashback, and capturing the formative psychosexual moment of childhood trauma that leads a confused young innocent to become a profoundly disturbed individual in adulthood. In keeping with its title, Sound of … Continue reading Sound of Violence – SXSW Review