Searching (2018)

A first-person Internet thriller, told entirely from the vantage point of a computer screen (the film commits impressively to this, never abandoning the conceit at all, even if it means the trope of “watching news footage on a website” is overused at times), and told with unusual detail and care. As a kind of cousin…

Mandy (2018)

A glorious, facemelting psychedelic rock and roll descent into horror. As much crazy dream as unforgettable trip. Gonzo and surreal, and made with awe-inspiring amounts of style. A screed against the might of cosmic destructive forces (the film opens with deforestation but it’s a memorable monologue about Jupiter, as well as space landscapes, that make…

Torchwood: Another Life (2007) by Peter Anghelides

Peter Anghelides writes what you’d expect from this range, at the time three novels published a week after the first series finale of Torchwood, set between the third and fourth episodes of that series. As the raunchier, gorier, ostensibly darker and more mature post-watershed spin-off of Doctor Who, perhaps one could reasonably assume its tie-in…

Neoreaction a Basilisk (2017) by Elizabeth Sandifer

An astonishingly thorough examination of neoreactionism, the strands of thought that led to it, its specific manifestations and ideologies, three men and various media that provide fascinating windows into understanding it, often filtered through other thinkers and media Sandifer herself finds relevant. Sandifer, a doctor who cut her teeth on her unique longform psychochronographic examination…

Jobs (2013)

A limp, by-the-numbers biopic that looks all the worse for Danny Boyle’s masterful film take on the title character having come out only two years after it. Perhaps this one was rushed into production after Steve Jobs’ death? The film coasts off actor similarity to real-life figures, the parade of photo contrasts between the actors…