Category archives: Film

Film Review: Finsterworld (2013)

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Finsterworld is a strange film that can hold its own, but uses a plot device that many have seen before. I wonder where you draw the line of comparisons of movies when using these techniques? It would be understandable if they were using the same subject matter, or even set in the same country, or creating the same vibe, but just because it uses multiple sto[...]

Film Review: Brotherhood: Taegukgi (2004)

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"Brotherhood: Taegukgi” shows the horrendous events that took place on the front line during the Korean War. Spawned out of Cold War tensions, divisions created post-World War II and included three of the worlds military heavyweights (US, Russia & China), this was a brutal, unforgiving and costly war. Just under 200,000 died in total, and over 500,000 wo[...]

Film Review: The New Girlfriend (2015)

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I had been holding off writing a review of The New Girlfriend for a while now, because I don’t think I can do it justice. This will surely rank as one of the top films of the year for me and I don’t want to do it a disservice. I’m not a professional film critic, I hadn’t even heard of François Ozon until my friend asked me to come and see this film. The firs[...]

Film Review: Play (2011)

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Clicking throughout Amazon looking for more DVDs to add to the collection, I catch a glimpse of Play. An indie looking film from Sweden, directed by Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure / De ofrivilliga) based on a series of actual crimes consisting of stealing via bullying and intimidation that occurred in central Gothenberg. Sold. I've always been intrigued in [...]

Film Review: I Am Yours (2013)

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After initially doing the rounds at a number of film festivals, then circulated by Film Movement and subsequently picked up on Netflix, “I Am Yours” is one of those films you are truly thankful was able to find its way onto your screen. Holding 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and serving as the Norwegian Oscar Submission in 2013, it is clear I am not alone in rat[...]

Funding Calais

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On 2nd September an image of three year old Aylan Kurdi washed up dead in a beach in Turkey after the boat he was travelling on with his family capsized was published online and caused huge international uproar. The response was astounding, and despite how the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, that image alone was enough to shock people into action. A simple [...]

Film Review: Oslo, 31st August (2011)

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Writer and director Joachim Trier reunites with Anders Danielson Lie in the quiet, subdued and contemplative Oslo, 31st August. We first meet Anders as a former addict in rehab, displaying suicidal tendencies in the opening scene only to pick himself back up to an extent, and spend a day in Oslo. He is granted a day release, tells the rehab clinic that i[...]

Film Review: Ilo Ilo (2013)

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From Director Anthony Chen is his award-winning debut feature film titled, ‘Ilo Ilo‘, an engaging and honest drama about a Singaporean family, and their struggle in the financial crisis of the late 1990’s. It’s initially a highly relatable story, not one obviously set to the financial crisis, either. A fairly standard portrait of a middle-class family; bot[...]

The Scared is Scared: A Child's Life Advice

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As adults we often overcomplicate things, which is why this short film by Bianca Giaever is so refreshing. The Scared is Scared is a beautiful, simple look at the world through the eyes of a young child. Bianca asks six year old, Asa Baker-Rouse, "do you have any stories that you'd want to be a movie" to which Asa responds with a heart-warming story creat[...]

Film Review: Marshland (2014)

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Set in Spain in 1980, the sixth feature from director Alberto Rodriguez chronicles the arrival in rural Andalusia of two detectives from Madrid in search of a couple of missing girls. From there the film grows into something larger, darker, and endlessly riveting. Marshland, known by its Spanish title "La Isla Minima" is a film that should (deservedly) fit [...]

Film Review: Dreams of a Life (2011)

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Whilst making the Dreams of a Life, Morely spent years collecting and piecing together testimonials recounted by Joyce's now guilt-ridden friends and ex-lovers. These stories describe her as being a drifter. She is portrayed as enigmatic; both the life and soul of the party, and mysterious, almost secretive all at once. Those telling the stories seemed to ha[...]

The Puppeteer and the Activist: A New York Friendship

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Ricky Syers is a musician and puppeteer who states he used to live his life as an artist on the side, but after realising his true calling was creating beautiful and complex marionettes, began pursuing his passions permanently. A few years ago Ricky went to Washington Square Park to perform with his hand-made marionettes where he met former journalist and la[...]

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