Damien's Seed
23 May 2024 | 12:00 pm

I hate small towns.

A private investigator (Matthew Sullivan) is hired to find a missing girl. The trail leads him to a small town, and he picks up a hitch-hiker (Jacqueline Lovell) along the way to help him.

Here’s a quick pop back into sleaze-ville. There’s kind of a plot but really it’s about our PI shagging every woman he meets, then the women shagging every man they meet. In its defence, Jacqueline Lovell can actually act and sells her easy-going thrill seeking character pretty well.

Otherwise it’s pretty much overly long cookie-cutter sex scenes barely held together by a story. In other words, a must-see.

Das Boot
8 May 2024 | 12:00 pm

Take pictures of the crew returning, not putting out to sea.

A U-Boat takes to the seas in search of British vessels to sink. Things take a turn for the worse when the hunter becomes the hunted.

I can’t believe it’s taken me all these years to finally watch this, but to be frank when things push far past a 3-hour run time it gets hard to just find the time.

Well I’m glad I did make time for it because it’s a masterclass in sustained suspense the likes of which you very rarely see. Das Boot hardly ever lets up on its characters, stuck in the confines of a submarine hopelessly searching the oceans for something to strike out at. Whenever Peterson eases the pressure ever so slightly, it comes back twice as hard within minutes.

It’s an incredibly detailed account of what these submariners must have gone through in the war, and it’s essential viewing on all levels from its great performances to its memorable score.

Only you will know if you’re up for watching a super long, murky nail-biting nightmare of a film but if that sounds even remotely interesting you could do much worse than Das Boot.

Run Towards the Danger
4 May 2024 | 6:00 am

Confrontations with a Body of Memory

A collection of six essays by actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley, recounting and examining traumatic experiences.

Polley’s 2012 film Stories We Tell was in part a study on how time and emotion can alter memories, and while some of Run Towards the Danger happens in the intervening years, it’s also to some extent an extension of this idea.

What really strikes me however is that this is about suffering in silence, and not being believed - whether it’s accidents on movie sets (Polley starred in the notorious Terry Gilliam film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen), stage fright, sexual assault or never-ending fallout from a concussion.

The title, Run Towards the Danger stems from advice her doctor gave her about recovering from a concussion, the symptoms of which she was still feeling three years after the accident. Instead of shying away from noise, light and pain, he said, you must run towards it and push through. That’s what these essays are - raw and often hard to hear, but you can almost hear the healing in her voice.

Written with an unusual degree of insight and clarity, this is a vital exploration of trauma and memory.

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