Film reviews and more

Month: June 2012

Interview: Todd Solondz, director of ‘Dark Horse’

Director Todd Solondz has always been know for controversial themes in his films such as Life During Wartime (2009), Palindromes (2004) and Storytelling (2001), but in his latest film Dark Horse (2011), starring Jordan Gelber and Selma Blair, he has taken a more heart warming approach. CineVue met up with the US filmmaker to discuss his latest feature, which premiered at […]

Interview: William Friedkin, director of ‘Killer Joe’

American director William Friedkin has made a triumphant return with his latest feature Killer Joe (2011), starring Matthew Mcconaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple. Surrounding a group of morally warped characters, Killer Joe is the story of Joe Cooper, a corrupt cop who moonlights as a hitman. CineVue met up with William Friedkin to discuss his new film.Joe Walsh: Killer Joe is your […]

DVD Review: ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

★★★★☆ A sterling British cast, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson, ensure that John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) has the feel-good factor without the cloying sentimentality of some romantic comedies. Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, six English OAPs arrive in the Indian city of Jaipur in a bid to […]

EIFF 2012: ‘The Unspeakable Act’ review

★★★★☆ Directed by former Los Angeles Reader film critic Dan Sallitt, The Unspeakable Act (2012) takes one of the few remaining social taboos in the western world and presents it in an earnest and incredibly charming way. Dealing with the controversial theme of incest within a close knit, yet strangely detached family dynamic, Sallitt’s film relies far more on […]

Film Review: ‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’

★★★★★ Made by Spanish-born director Luis Buñuel in 1972, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a deliciously surreal comedy rereleased by StudioCanal and the ICA for the film’s 40th Anniversary. The plot is an inversion of Buñuel’s earlier work The Exterminating Angel (1962) where a group of friends are unable to leave a dinner party despite having every […]

Film Review: ‘Glastonbury the Movie (in Flashback)’

★★★★☆ Beautifully shot in both CinemaScope and 16mm, Glastonbury the Movie (in Flashback) (2012) puts audiences right in the middle of the world’s greatest music festival. Robin Mahoney, the film’s director, has recreated the original 1995 film from scratch, moving sequences around, improving the sound and visuals and adding on over thirty minutes of compelling unseen material.Glastonbury has an […]

Film Review: ‘The Fairy’

★★★☆☆ Flawed, modern day fairytale The Fairy (La fée, 2011) is the third film from comic-collaborators Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy. Dom works in a small hotel just outside of Le Havre. One night a barefoot, luggage-less woman named Fiona walks in claiming to be a fairy and offers Dom three wishes. After asking for two (he is unable to […]

EIFF 2012: ‘The Search for Emak Bakia’ review

★★★★☆ Oskar Alegria’s The Search for Emak Bakia (Emak Bakia Baita, 2012) plays out as an impassioned pilgrimage to find the filming location of Man Ray’s experimental 1926 film Emak Bakia (which literally translates as “Leave me alone!” – a message Alegria is reluctant to observe). Here, the journey is certainly more important than the destination, taking numerous diversions […]

EIFF 2012: ‘Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal’ review

★★★☆☆ Boris Rodriguez’s Canadian/Danish collaboration Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012) is the epitome of everything a midnight movie should be – entertaining, gory and a hell of a lot of fun. Struggling to find his inspiration, formerly-famous Danish painter Lars (Thure Lindhardt) takes a creative sabbatical to work as an art teacher in a remote Canadian town. He finds […]

EIFF 2012: ‘V/H/S’ review

★★★☆☆ Bringing together a wealth of American filmmakers including Ti West and Joe Swanberg, V/H/S (2012) is an experimental horror anthology that looks to have the last word on the topic of ‘found footage’. The cinematic collage follows a group of detestable young men make their living by accosting women and gratuitously making them reveal themselves to the camera. […]

EIFF 2012: ‘Pusher’ (2012) review

★★☆☆☆ Luis Prieto’s Pusher (2012) is a vigorous British remake of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 breakthrough hit of the same name. Starring Richard Coyle (his second appearance at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival – the other being the warmly-received Irish horror Grabbers) Prieto’s visually boisterous film takes the gritty social realism of a British gangster film […]

EIFF 2012: ‘Lovely Molly’ review

★★★☆☆ From one half of the team that brought us The Blair Witch Project (1999) comes Eduardo Sanchez’s Lovely Molly (2011) – a severely unnerving yet utterly absurd horror which whilst an incoherent mess, is an undeniably harrowing piece of extreme cinema.When Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and her new husband Tim (Johnny Lewis) move into her late father’s countryside home, […]