Here & now: Oliver Tomkins
Oliver Tomkins looks for a way out of Groundhog Day
It’s February 2020, and I’m on my annual Groundhog Day movies marathon. If you don’t know it, Groundhog Day is about a man stuck in a time-loop on 2 February, where every day is the exact same as the day before. In recent years it has spawned a whole subgenre of similar movies with varying spins on that central time-loop premise: The Edge of Tomorrow is Groundhog Day in space; Happy Death Day is Groundhog Day as a horror slasher. I find these films absolutely fascinating in comparison with one another – what is preserved and what is changed in each iteration, each just a little bit different from the film before it, repeated and reimagined without end….
Oliver Tomkins is studying film at York University
This is an extract from an article published in the March 2022 edition of Reform