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BEYOND THE LIGHTS

BEYOND THE LIGHTS

South London, 1998. A talent contest starring a naturally beautiful and angelic-looking young girl called Noni: she stands alone with her big curly hair up in two bushy pig tales, upon on a stage and behind a microphone. Her flawless acapella rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Blackbird’ is innocently heartfelt and sees her win second place...
BLIND

BLIND

Set in Norway, Blind lets us enter the world of Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Petersen), a woman who is losing her sight. She succumbs to it, and instead of carrying on with her life as normal, she becomes an extra piece of furniture in her flat which she shares with her husband. She remembers her favourite...
Stonehearst Asylum

Stonehearst Asylum

Do not be fooled by trailers. They often misrepresent films in those miniscule two minutes and twenty-two seconds, and in the case of Stonehearst Asylum‘s one, it merely shows the nutshell of a deeply moving creative piece of film with twists, turns, incredible performances and a shed load of comical humour that you wouldn’t necessarily...
ACCIDENTAL LOVE

ACCIDENTAL LOVE

For some 7 years, David O’ Russell’s aborted satire Accidental Love sat jittering in the Hollywood incubator, nervously waiting to find out if it would ever see the cinematic light of day. Plagued with numerous production halts, financial problems and O’ Russell actively disowning the project in 2010, the film has received its fair share...
PAPER SOULS

PAPER SOULS

A slow burn of a narrative rooted in the midst of a caricatured version of reality, Paper Souls (Les âmes de papier, 2013) follows the delicate story of a series of quirky individuals with lost souls, searching for the something their late loves left behind. Paul (Stéphane Guillon), an obituary writer gets an unexpected knock...
HIDDEN AWAY

HIDDEN AWAY

LGBT-themed film festivals are something to treasure and experience not just to give voice to stories that might have a hard time finding a mainstream audience, especially in international markets, but most importantly to discover filmmakers with talent and sensibility capable of transcending the limits of that genre and making it soar above its typical...
Far From The Madding Crowd (1967)

Far From The Madding Crowd (1967)

Following a widely positive reception towards Thomas Vinterberg’s recent re-up of Far From the Madding Crowd, John Schlesinger’s original 1967 film has been digitally re-mastered and after a limited theatrical re-relase, it is now available on DVD/Blu-ray. Scanned at 4K and restored at 2K from the original 35mm negatives, the digital film restoration was funded...
ARGERICH

ARGERICH

Argerich, alternately titled Bloody Daughter, evades easy definition in terms of both genre and plot synopsis. The film is a documentary, a biopic of celebrated concert pianist Martha Argerich, but also a family movie, directed by her daughter Stephanie Argerich, the eponymous ‘bloody daughter’, comprised of home videos and intimate settings. Similarly, the plot synopsis...
WHAT'S LEFT OF US

WHAT’S LEFT OF US

In his first feature length film director Christoph Behl explores the very essence of what it is that makes us human when civilization has crumbled and all we are left with is our own desires and moral code. The set-up for What’s Left of Us, is fairly familiar. We follow a group of survivors in...
ELSA AND FRED

ELSA AND FRED

A lovable screenplay adaptation originally written by Anna Pavignano and I have to say, I very much admire Oscar nominated director and co-writer Michael Radford (Il Postino, 1994) for his courage and skill in giving this darling of a rom-com a good go. I mean, why should this genre mainly focus on young love and...
SILENT YOUTH

SILENT YOUTH

Within the vastly exploited territory of coming of age stories and even more specifically of coming out stories in LGBT cinema, it’s probably unrealistic to expect wildly surprising innovation but there’s always room for filmmakers to give their personal spin to that kind of storytelling, especially on a stylistic level, although even that aspect can...
WINTER SLEEP

WINTER SLEEP

Winner of the Palme d’Or and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Turkish delight Winter Sleep is as poignant as it is enigmatic. Though after being selected to represent Turkey at the Oscars, it failed to score a nomination for best foreign language films. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and adapted from...
A GOOD MARRIAGE

A GOOD MARRIAGE

Interestingly enough, what stands out in Stephen King movies is the ability to establish scenes in unison with characters, within the opening five minutes. But, how does this film compare with other films of the genre? It must be immediately clarified that this isn’t the usual adaptation from one of the prolific novelist’s books. It’s...
MY NAME IS HMMM

MY NAME IS HMMM

Making movies is a hard business and it takes more than just telling a compelling story to be successful. Attention to realism and point of view are key so taking that into consideration, My Name Is Hmmm fails completely. Directed by French fashion designer Agnès B., her debut feature film unfortunately lacks credibility, style and...
THE SAMURAI

THE SAMURAI

Til Kleinert’s The Samurai (Der Samurai) might just be the first queer nightmarish horror samurai film you’ll see, but that’s what this film is all about, stretching the boundaries, shining new light and freshening up tired clichés – all with a bit of theatrical gore and dreamy surreal sequences. When a wolf is rumoured to...
LET'S KILL WARD'S WIFE

LET’S KILL WARD’S WIFE

Perhaps it was spending one too many days on-set of the famous horror film Scream 3, combined with his swift appearances on Grey’s Anatomy that led actor Scott Foley to write and direct Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife, this light-hearted, comedic ‘let’s kill and perform knife surgery’ horror type of flick. Casting himself as the cool,...
THE HOMESMAN

THE HOMESMAN

Being no stranger to the genre, Tommy Lee Jones has appeared in westerns of many styles and formats, from the traditional (Lonesome Dove, 1989), to the contemporary (No Country for Old Men, 2007), to the astronomical (um, Space Cowboys, 2000) In his second feature film behind the camera, he takes on the little-seen feminist western,...
GIRL IN PROGRESS

GIRL IN PROGRESS

Every person goes through some sort of transition from child to adult. That is fact. What is not a certainty is the pin pointed time when a person matures to adulthood. There have been countless films that follow the moment when something clicks inside an unsuspecting teenager’s brain. It is usually during high school with...
THIRD PERSON

THIRD PERSON

After watching Third Person for the first time, a series of emotions and feelings hit: shock, wonder, awe being just a limited few of them. Some people will definitely be let down by the ending but I think that it was delicately done. Writer/director Paul Haggis (whose Crash won three Oscars in 2006 including Best...
THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

If the fight for freedom of information or “hacktivism” has never been something that’s boiled your blood or raised your curiosity, then you might feel very differently after watching the moving documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy. Director Brian Knappenberger of We are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012), captures this true-story sensitively and with...
CONTINUUM

CONTINUUM

What if the kid who sees dead people, special agent Dana Scully and Sidney Bristow’s dad were to be in a movie together? No, this isn’t a joke waiting for the punch-line, it’s the cast of Canadian sci-fi drama Continuum, formerly known by the evident Alice-In-Wonderland-esque title I’ll Follow You Down, though actually for the...
WOLVES

WOLVES

David Hayter’s directorial debut Wolves follows the story of Cayden Richards (Lucas Till), as he discovers his hidden werewolf identity and the even more secret past behind his origins. This takes the young protagonist from popular high school student, to runaway, to apprentice, to eventual hero of a small American town plagued by the curse...
DYING OF THE LIGHT

DYING OF THE LIGHT

Once upon a time, there was a film called Dying of the Light. Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive – Only God Forgives) was supposed to direct it, from a script written by Paul Schrader, and the lead actors should have been Harrison Ford and Channing Tatum. The story revolved around the revenge quest of a terminally...
BLACKWOOD

BLACKWOOD

  A ghost story like no other. In an attempt to leave their swarded past behind, Blackwood (2014) follows a dysfunctional family’s move to rural Surrey as they start their new life in an eerily-sized Manor House for just the three of them. Protagonist and college professor Ben Marshall (Ed Stoppard) attempts to rid himself...
The Maze Runner gets the foodscape treatment

The Maze Runner gets the foodscape treatment

Fans are a strange beast. Their passion for films, music and the talent involved often pushes them beyond the norm and finds them engaged in obsessive behaviour over their preferred object of fandom. However, there are also those who come up with interesting initiatives, tapping into their creativity in order to deliver the ultimate demonstration...
DATE AND SWITCH

DATE AND SWITCH

Films about kids bonking someone before high-school graduation aren’t going anywhere any time soon. From the good (Superbad) to the okay (Sex Drive) to the terrible (I Love You Beth Cooper), the seminal coming-of-age sex tale is one that is clearly too easy to write. There’s an abundance of them, and in a time where...
THE REWRITE

THE REWRITE

Many of us would like to write something – poetry, a film, a novel, music – and be successful in that vocation but how often do we think about what it’s like to be someone who has had it all and lost it? And not lost it due to unforeseen, dramatic circumstance (which usually makes...
THE TURNING

THE TURNING

The Australian anthology of short films, The Turning, all based on Tim Winton’s short stories collection, is an unapologetic look at obsession, regret and how past digs into the present, latches on, trips us up and changes us forever. As with any collection of short films, some soar and shine, notably Mia Wasikowska’s directorial debut...
THE CIRCLE - Der Kreis

THE CIRCLE – Der Kreis

Stefan Haupt’s latest documentary tells the story of the titular underground gay organisation and magazine ‘The Circle’, centred in Zurich during the 1950s and 1960s. The film focuses in particular on two former members of this organisation, Ernst Ostertag and Robi Rapp, who became Switzerland’s first married gay couple. The ‘underground’ gay scene and gay...
CONCERNING VIOLENCE

CONCERNING VIOLENCE

Powerful poetic narration duplicated by subtitles that walk their way un-aggressively into the audience’s subconscious, in a distinctly Western white Serif font. Simultaneously, and despite this profoundly pronounced attempt at hitting home, excerpts from Frantz Fanon’s book The Wretched of the Earth (1961) deftly narrate themselves in the marrying of distressing imagery of pure, unadulterated...



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