Film Review

Film Review

Excuse My French (2014)

The perils of childhood can easily make or break someone’s life, especially as he or she venture into the scary world of full-time education.  The latest film by director Amr Salama was surprise success in the Egyptian box office and brings the classic ‘fish out of water’ tale with an […]

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LFF Dispatch #1: The Blue Room, A Blast

Like Godard’s Une Femme Mariée (1964), Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room (Le chambre bleue) begins with fragments of an unknown woman; her post-coital torso, breasts and thighs captured in a series of intimate, lover’s-eye close-ups. But these fragments are stolen from the past, quick-cut and half-remembered like a lost memory recalled while […]

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Wish I Was Here (2014)

Ten years ago, Scrubs actor Zach Braff followed in George Clooney’s footsteps in becoming an actor-turned-director.  His debut feature, Garden State, premiered in Sundance Film Festival and became a cult hit due to its increased popularity on home media.  Now, he is taking up the director’s chair once more with […]

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The Boxtrolls (2014)

They say a picture tells a thousand words, so really this review should be a picture of my face as the credits rolled on The Boxtrolls. However, I don’t know how acceptable that would be to my editor, or the readers, so around a thousand words will have to do. […]

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In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) 2014

“In Order of Disappearance” is not a memorable title for a movie, but it’s  a better one than “Prize Idiot”, which is the literal Norwegian translation of “Kraftidioten”. It is a film-maker’s in-joke, of course, and director Hans Petter Moland certainly has some fun with it as the credits roll. Moland […]

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The Postman’s White Nights (2014)

What happens when the only lifestyle you’ve ever known no longer offers much in the way of a life? Delivered through a series of gently rolling vignettes, The Postman’s White Nights (Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna) is a heart-breaking lament for a dying community, and the individuals trapped within it. Andrei […]

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Perez. (2014)

Few professions offer the same scope for moral ambiguity as law. Practitioners range from gallant defenders of the innocent to shady mob lawyers with just about everything else in between. Demetrio Perez, working as a court appointed Counsel in Naples, sits somewhere in the middle until he finds himself going […]

Good Kill (2014)
Film Review

Good Kill (2014)

Military Language has long been a battleground. In a calculated attempt to sanitise the image of death and reduce culpability, euphemisms are employed aggressively. In the world of drone warfare, a successful strike is denoted by the simple phrase good kill. Andrew Niccol’s intelligent drama suggests there is every reason […]

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The Samurai (2014)

As one of the more recent horrors to come out of Germany, The Samurai was one of Frightfest’s standout films for many reasons, whether it be its metaphorical exploration of sexual lycanthropy, its surreal dance with structure of the fairy-tale or it’s bizarre antagonist who resembles a katana wielding, cross dressing Woody […]

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Housebound (2014)

As a marvelously entertaining combination of murder mystery, black comedy and domestic drama, Housebound marks an impressive feature debut by director / writer Gerard Johnstone. Unlike many horror comedies it has complete confidence in its tonal control, flicking between different sub – genres and sub – plots while throwing curveball after curveball […]