EIFF 2012: ‘Rent-a-Cat’ review

★★★★☆ Naoko Ogigami’s Rent-a-Cat (Rentaneko, 2011) is a delightfully twee story of self discovery which successfully blends elements of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie (2001) with the sweet sentiment of Studio Ghibli. One of the most simplistic and accessible offerings at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, Rent-a-Cat is a delightfully refreshing palate Continue Reading


EIFF 2012: ‘The Invader’ review

★★★☆☆ Belgium short filmmaker and visual artist Nicolas Provost brings his compelling and assured 2011 debut The Invader (L’envahisseur) to the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Acting as a refreshingly unbiased examination of illegal immigration and asylum seekers, Provost’s film is a surreal and demanding drama build around a sublime central Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Chernobyl Diaries’

★★★☆☆ The subject of a post-apocalyptic social meltdown is fast becoming the new direction for horror cinema – at least if films like Chernobyl Diaries (2012) are any indicator. This apocalyptic chiller by debut director Bradley Parker, starring Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Nathan Phillips, is truly Continue Reading

EIFF 2012: ‘Killer Joe’ review

★★★★☆ This year’s opening film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival is William Friedkin’s trashy, yet extremely provocative Killer Joe (2011). Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple, Friedkin’s latest feature is a surreal, absurd and incredibly nauseating Texan film noir which will not only reshape your perception of Continue Reading