Film Review

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 […]

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I’m Not Him (2014)

A very interesting film that blends a Vertigo-like vibe with something else, something pertaining specifically to Turkey and some general ideas about how people define themselves in different company, I’m Not Him is a movie that creeps along behind you, gets into your head and then won’t leave long after you’ve seen […]

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Korso (2014)

Teenage dreams, delusion and denial are often at the heart of Edinburgh International’s ‘Teen Spirit’ strand and Akseli Tuomivaara directed Korso is no exception, as a film about small – town dreams and harsh realities in Finland. The film follows the path of 20 year old Marcus and his plans […]

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Miss Zombie (2013)

Displayed, for the most part, in black and white, with a lot of very quiet moments before the inevitable storm breaks, Miss Zombie manages to both play out as a zombie movie, and also something very different. Fans of more bizarre Japanese cinema will know what they’re getting into while newcomers […]

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Something, Anything (2014)

It amused me no end to tell people the other day that I’d seen a film called Something, Anything that was about nothing. That’s not strictly true, but many viewers may end up feeling that way. Ashley Shelton stars as a woman named Margaret, who also sometimes goes by the name […]

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Hide And Seek (2014)

Four young people (two men and two women) head off to a house in the countryside to life an idyllic life, hoping to keep themselves away from the outside world and to create their own little utopia. There’s a rota for activities, including who gets to spend a night together […]

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Bannan (2014)

Edinburgh International is a harsh mistress sometimes. One minute you are knee deep in a cannibal genre picture and the next you find yourself in a Gaelic soap – opera on the island of Skye. Bannan was my wildcard this year, the first Gaelic language drama released through BBC Alba, […]

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We’ll Never Have Paris (2014)

Written by, and starring, Simon Helberg (who also co-directed the movie), We’ll Never Have Paris is a romantic comedy based on the true life disaster that happened to Helberg and his partner, Jocelyn Towne (the other person directing the film). Helberg plays Quinn, a young man not entirely dissimilar to the […]

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My Accomplice (2013)

If My Accomplice was a human being then it would be a nice, friendly person. The sort of person desperate to please everyone. It would know people everywhere. When you bumped into it in the street it would introduce you to everyone else around, with no thought to your schedule, or […]