Under Southern Eyes

Under Southern Eyes – What Is It About?

Under Southern Eyes is my personal blog of reviews of films I’ve seen which I find interesting or significant. What I look for can vary from one movie to the next but what I look for in a movie will usually involve any of the following:

  • themes: what is the movie trying to address? what issues is the movie trying to raise awareness of?
  • plot: what is the story? how is it structured (eg linear / linear with flashbacks / going backwards)?
  • acting: how do the actors carry out the action of the plot? how successful are they in performing the plot? if they’re not successful, why not?
  • format: if the movie format is anything other than live-action, why might the director have chosen a different format? how does the format match or enhance the plot and the themes?
  • genre: if the movie is a genre movie, how well does it stick to the genre conventions? and if not, why not?

I try to keep my reviews succinct and to get them to come to the point quickly and not dwell too much on one particular aspect of the movie.  But as some readers will know, it’s easy to get carried away on things that strike a chord with your feelings and beliefs and to end up with a review that resembles an academic essay more than a review! There’s no compulsion though on readers to read the entire review if they don’t wish to and I may consider with very long reviews (more than 2,500 words) to structure them with sub-headings.

About Nausika 

I write music reviews for The Sound Projector, a music fanzine established by UK comic artist and music aficionado Ed Pinsent based in London. From 2007 to 2011 I was also writing music reviews for Encyclopedia Metallum, an online database for heavy metal music genres based in Canada. I did suffer review burn-out in mid-2011 so for the time being I have stopped sending reviews to www.metal-archives.com.

My interests include reading, listening to experimental music, watching interesting films (and writing about them!), perusing news and current affairs websites and blogs (and sowing sedition and upsetting people on them) and trying to fit in some drawing practice. The sites I favour at present include Rense.com, World Socialist Web Site, US news commentator Stephen J Lendman’s blog, UK documentary-maker Adam Curtis’s blog and Sublime Oblivion. At present I’m also trying to upload various short stories I wrote from 1998 to 2007 to Scribd.com so I can keep my manuscripts in the cloud and not have to rely on hard copies.

Hope you enjoy reading my movie review posts!


Jennifer Hor aka Nausika Dalaz Blindaz (my black metal name brought over from www.metal-archives.com – it’s Proto-Germanic for “Nausikaa of the Valley of Winds”, after the Hayao Miyazaki film)

3 thoughts on “Under Southern Eyes

  1. Hi, I wanted to send you a message but couldn’t find your email address or anything. Just wanted to say thanks for your thoughtful review about my music project (Laws of Nature) on MA! It was great feedback. I’m glad you thought it was halfway OK. I know it was lacking a lot (I didn’t even use a guitar, just bass, and the electronic parts were extremely amateur). I love electronic/house music as well as black/death/doom metal so when I was hiking, those two worlds kept blending in my head in an interesting way and I wanted to make some attempt at presenting that idea, with the hope that someone else (like actual musicians) would be inspired to make a better version of the style than I did. I’m pleased that I spliced it as well as I did in certain parts, but there’s a hell of a lot of room for improvement. Anyway. Thanks again. You seem like a thoughtful person and prolific writer so I want to be friends with you haha

    1. No problem, I like reviewing something unusual and your recording was good.

      No-one is perfect of course, and when reviewing I try to be fair and give some positive criticism. Yeah, I’d have liked the singing and lyrics to be clearer. Don’t worry, loads of vocalists have crap singing voices. I actually prefer to hear bad singing than singing cleaned up with autotuning.

  2. You might enjoy critiquing The Counselor.

    McCarthy tries so hard to be bleak. No one is that bleak forever.

    The movie itself is interesting simply because it is so deeply and obviously technically flawed and self-dissonant.

    It would be interesting hear your take on the characterisation.

    Your reviews are interesting because they are individual and reject the aesthetic of criticism. Sort of opens them up to comment on things that other reviewers can’t.

    I suppose opinion is more illuminating than criticism.

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