Film reviews and more

Day: 23 June 2015

#John Bleasdale #Reviews

Film Review: ‘Going Clear’

★★★★☆ Paul Haggis, director of the Oscar-winning Crash (2004), was a struggling young writer in a failing relationship when he first came across a man on a street corner offering self-help advice via a book called Dianetics. Written by pulp sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard, the book had been a massive bestseller and […]

#Ben Nicholson #Reviews

Film Review: ‘Concrete Clouds’

★★☆☆☆ Lee Chatametikool’s debut feature, Concrete Clouds is something of a cautionary tale couched in a portrait of two brothers cast adrift during Thailand’s economic crisis in 1997. Made in 2013, with the society on the brink of another collapse, it is easy to read the allegorical warning in this elliptical narrative that […]

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Edinburgh 2015: ‘Chicken’ review

★★★☆☆ The debut feature from Joe Stephenson, Chicken (2015) – premièring at the Edinburgh International Film Festival – is based on the stage play of the same name with an adapted screenplay co-written by original author Freddie Machin and Weekend (2011) actor Chris New. After a shaky start, this British drama set against […]

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Edinburgh 2015: ‘Big Gold Dream’ review

★★★☆☆ All set to find an appreciative audience on BBC Four’s long-running Storyville strand, Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream (2015) – which premièred at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival – takes a pleasant and interesting trip down memory lane, specifically to the late 1970s where punk and post-punk where […]