Enemy (2013) and the Psychology of Infidelity

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Published on Litro //
There are countless films out there that deal in adultery – pick pretty much anything at random and there’s likely a bit of secret sex going on. And that’s usually the thing; it’s employed, often a little cheaply, as motivation for all kinds of plot-advancing shenanigans, from murder, to burglary, through fist fights, shootouts, bloody revenge – the lot. Infidelity is at the ground floor of many a narrative structure and for the characters, more often than not, it’s all about the sex.

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Harmony Korine, ‘A Crackup at the Race Riots’

First published on The Quietus (April 21st 2013) //

Nothing New For Trash Like You:
On Harmony Korine’s Debut Novel

While mimicry is often the sincerest form of flattery,
Declan Tan examines the ins and outs of Harmony Korine’s
‘Great American Choose Your Own Adventure novel’ by way of emulation

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) Review

First published on Spike Magazine (8th November 2011) //

Lynne Ramsay’s deranged adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s equally deranged novel (which Shriver quite garishly lauds on the film’s poster) is a decent stretch of film that concentrates more on the director’s ambition than it does on the novel’s. The result is a sometimes over-stylised but darkly entertaining genre-mix of gallows humour, psychological horror and suspense; likely to resonate more with shit-scared parents out on ‘date night’ than with their demonic kids, who have probably seen it all before, in more detail, and probably with gory special effects.Read More »

Lint The Movie (2011) Review

First published on Don’t Panic (23rd October 2011) //

Until recently, the promise of Steve Aylett’s £750 foray into feature-length film productions had seemingly been wandering desultorily around the Internet for quite some time, indulging in some shallow vanishing since 2009, popping up here and there on blogs, before triumphantly reappearing for its premiere in Brighton earlier this year. Followed closely by a London screening, it has since been saddled up for a couple more dates, in Northampton (October) and Portland at Bizarro Con 2011 (November).Read More »