Glasgow Film Festival 2015
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The Falling

March 2, 2015

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The Falling

Written/directed by Carol Morley

Before I get into this review, let me get something off my chest.

I recently witnessed a debate on Facebook about how women are represented in cinema and how they are treated as artists in the industry. As a guy who is all about equal rights across all industries, I was immediately drawn to this debate. However, the girl who had initiated the debate was, in my humble opinion, arguing her case in the most diabolical manner ever.

’50 Shades of Grey’ has recently been released, and has made more money than James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ in their respective opening weekends. This fact alone was enough for the young woman hosting the debate to state that these numbers clearly proved that the world clearly wanted to see cinema that was created by and for women, dealing with women’s issues head on.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’

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Written/directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.

I have no idea where to start with this… An Iranian film about a forbidden romance between a girl and a boy. The boy, forced to sell drugs to make money to look after his addict father. The girl, a vampire who walks the streets at night, stalking and feeding off people who choose to live bad lives.

A very artistic take on romantic comedies, we’re treated to a black and white visual spectacle that is reminiscent of Robert Rodriguez’s ‘El Mariachi’ trilogy, helped along by the quirky soundtrack and intentionally obvious sound mix.

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Glasgow Film Festival Surprise Film 2015 (Review)

February 25, 2015

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I was sat in the cinema waiting for the ‘Surprise Film’ to begin. I had no idea what the film was or who was in it. I could’ve literally ended up watching anything.

In the opening scene, as Ryan Reynolds sauntered over, I thought: “Seriously? A Ryan Reynolds Film? This is going to be some middle-of-the-road Rom-Com where boy meets girl, blah blah blah.”

I could not have been more wrong.

This is one of the best films I have seen for a very long time. This is NOT a Ryan Reynolds film.

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Blind (Review)

February 21, 2015

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Written and directed by Eskil Vogt.

Ingrid is slowly coming to terms with having recently lost her sight. She’s accepted the affliction, but it seems her difficulty is in accepting her new self. Locking herself away in the new apartment where she lives with her husband, Ingrid fills her days drinking tea by the open window and working on her book.

At first glance, you’ll see a very light-hearted look at a life most of us could only try to imagine. But before long, you’ll start to question your own perceptions and attentiveness. Don’t worry! Yes, someone’s gender did just change. And no, they weren’t always having that conversation on a bus (this is vague and peculiar, but it’ll make sense when you see it.)

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Dark Souls (Review)

February 20, 2015

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Dark Souls (Anime Nere)

Based on the book by Gioacchino Criaco, screenplay written and directed by Francesco Munzi.

A brief summary of the plot could be this; Leo, having freshly entered his adult years, is fed up working for his Dad on the family goat farm in the Calabrian mountains. Against his father’s wishes, he decides to go to Milan and join his uncles’ little crime empire. But things go horribly wrong when they return to the goat farm to renew alliances with other local crime families.

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Wild Tales (Review)

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Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes)

Directed by Damian Szifron.

So, this review was supposed to be for the Spanish film ‘Marshland’ (La Isla Minima.) I must say, I was desparate to see this film. It’s been compared to ‘True Detective,’ which is probably one of my favourite shows. Ever! I ran from my home all the way into town to meet my man-date for the night, reaching the cinema roughly 10 minutes late, but fairly certain that we’d only be missing trailers.

Boy, were we in for a surprise.

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White Bird in a Blizzard (Review)

February 19, 2015

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Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic and haunted woman, disappears – just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from College, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it.

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While We’re Young (Review)

maxresdefaultA documentary filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) find their lives loosened up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried).

This film left me more angry than possibly any film I have ever seen before. That is no slight on this almost perfectly executed comedy. It is because it was almost perfectly executed that left me feeling this way.

Stiller (Josh) gives an accomplished performance as the stuck-in-a-rut 40-something with the freedom to do anything but lacking the imagination and spontaneity to make the most of this freedom. When he and his wife Cornelia (Watts) meet quirky young duo Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) they are inspired by the two hipsters to recapture their youth and remember what being young used to be like.

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