The Platform review “It may make you think of a COVID-19 world, but we’re not all that bad”

 

The Platform movie poster

Like something from American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000) and the film’s clever opening credits in which we see raspberry coulis dripping on a white dinner plate, looking a lot like blood. The Platform in a similar sense shows decadent cuisine that represents class structures and the violence that will prevail around these tiers. In its opening, e witness a high-class banquet preparation which is then contrasted by the people below, the ones who are imprisoned in a hole.

The hole is a strange high tech concept that is like solitary confinement but with changing inmates. We meet the main newcomer Goreng (Ivan Massagu√©) and an older grisly man, Trimagasi (Zorion Eguileor) who has nearly completed his journey and is no stranger to this setup. However, this is not a prison system as such, and we learn that Goreng has chosen to be here. As it is explained by the company’s Imoguiri, the familiar Spanish actor Antonia San Juan (All About My Mother), it is a “Vertical Self- Management Center”. Continue reading

Faulty Roots review “A sweet but important debut”

Faulty Roots posterIt is humbling going into a film knowing that there will be some kind of social message. As a horror enthusiast, I have always enjoyed this aspect of film. It only makes sense that taboo or harder to tackle subjects could easily be infused into the genre allowing for creativity or confrontational situations.

In this case, Faulty Roots, a short film written, directed and produced by 18-year-old Ella Greenwood has a message. Greenwood plays the main character of Lola who suffers from depression. She meets up with friend Zack (Sani Thabo) who has an incurable genetic illness and they form a bond. Continue reading