Film Review

Film Review

Set Fire To The Stars (2014)

Based on the time, in the 1950s, when an aspiring poet, John M. Brinnin (played by Elijah Wood), brought Dylan Thomas (played here by Celyn Jones) to America, Set Fire To The Stars is a damn sight better than you might expect it to be. Shot in gorgeous black and white, […]

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The Fat and The Angry (2014)

As one of the unintentional blunders of Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014, director Johan Renck’s Swedish language television epic The Fat and The Angry became lost in translation after a subtitle problem left dissatisfied punters leaving in droves. However, as testament to Renck’s gritty noir, several people (including myself) returned […]

Film Review

Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

AKA Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky. I’m a big fan of director Michel Gondry. His imagination and visual style may not always lead to perfect results, but his work is always interesting. In this documentary he chats away to Noam Chomsky, the celebrated […]

Film Review

Life After Beth (2014)

Life After Beth is a film that very much feels as if it wants to have its cake and eat it. Or, perhaps, replace cake with brains. It will end up tagged as yet another zom-rom-com when it doesn’t really deserve to be lumped in with others of that ilk. […]

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Greyhawk (2014)

Alec Newman stars as a blind veteran, Mal, in this interesting, tense drama that shows just what can be done with a simple premise and one or two memorable characters. When I first heard about Greyhawk I also heard that it had a bit of a Harry Brown vibe to it. While […]

Film Review

Uncertain Terms (2014)

Director Nathan Silver has been doing some good work for a few years now. I was impressed by Exit Elena back in 2012, which meant that I was looking forward to seeing how he’d developed with Uncertain Terms. Unfortunately, this feels like a bit of a step back. It’s not that it’s […]

Feature, Film Review

The Japanese Dog (2013)

Victor Rebengiuc is Costache, a slightly stubborn old man trying to rebuild his life after a flood has ruined his home. He’s also recently lost his wife. People try to help guide him in different directions, with some wanting him to sell his land and allow work to star on […]

Film Review

Castles In The Sky (2014)

As harmless and inoffensive as they come, Castles In The Sky is also an undeniably entertaining movie, anchored by a fine performance from Eddie Izzard, wobbly Scottish accent aside. It’s set in some fine British countryside, utilises some fine British actors, and even seems to centre on that favourite British topic […]

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I Believe In Unicorns (2014)

Mixing some fleeting moments of stop-motion animation with more traditional film-making techniques, I Believe In Unicorns manages to keep things impressively dream-like throughout, making even the more unpleasant moments palatable. Writer-director Leah Meyerhoff uses escapism to look at escapism, on different levels, and the end result is a small film that […]