Film bits and bobs

Partisan (2015)

First published by Real Crime Magazine Ariel Kleiman’s feature debut Partisan begins with a woman and child passing a man on the side of the road. The man is Gregori … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Don’t Grow Up (2015)

Longer version of piece published by Sight & Sound as part of coverage of the Cult programme at the London Film Festival 2015 “My future? I dunno.” Although it starts and … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Spirited Away (2001)

First published by Movie Gazette Here’s a recipe for an enchanting spell: carefully distil The Odyssey and Alice in Wonderland, add a dollop of Grimms’ fairy tales, a soupçon of The … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Tribe (2014)

Review first published by Little White Lies While recently Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist and Miguel Gomes’ Tabu have pastiched the mimetic motifs of Silent Era cinema, and other filmmakers (notably … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Girlhood (2014)

Review first published in a shorter version by Little White Lies Wearing a chain necklace bearing her new street name ‘Vic’, 16-year-old Marieme (Karidja Touré), together with three fellow gang … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Falling (2014)

First published by Grolsch FilmWorks It’s the late 60s, in the colourfully decaying months between Summer and Winter. As Britain teeters between postwar puritanism and sexual revolution, the pupils in … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Innocence (2004)

First published by EyeforFilm A hermetically sealed world, a hidden theatre, a mystifying narrative full of hauntingly beautiful images, an indefinable sense of menace and a soundtrack dominated by old … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

It Follows (2014)

Review first published by Little White Lies In a single, sinuous take, the camera circles a middle-class suburban street as panicky-looking-teenager Annie (Bailey Spry) runs out of her house, constantly looking over her shoulder … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy (2013)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, December 2014 Synopsis: Thailand, 2012. In their final term of high school, Mary Malony and her best friend Suri embark on a project … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

When Animals Dream (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Any other rashes?” asks ageing Dr Larsen (Stig Hoffmeyer) of 16-year-old Marie (Sonia Suhl). “Have you had other symptoms? Dizziness? Blurred vision?” The speaker, … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 1 Comment


Social media

My most scatterbrained rantings can be found on

Follow RantBit on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,854 other subscribers