Posts tagged Film Festival
La La Land - LFF Review

I went to the cinema the other evening and I cried.  Not a terribly rare occurrence, easily sentimentally manipulated movie-goer that I am.  But this night, I saw something magical.  Film is in itself is a magic trick.  Twenty-four still images being shown to you a second that your brain interpenetrates as movement in the light.  The movement in the light that is La La Land reminded me of what cinema truly can be.

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Son of Saul - LFF Review

You never walk into a film cold.  You always carry something with you.  These days, with them interwebs, it is even harder not too.  Trailers tell every bit of a film, the days of mystery are gone.  Yet, when you walk into a film about the Holocaust, no matter what the film's pedigree, there is a sense of foreboding.  When you are walking into a Cannes Grand Prix winner and your fellow festival goers troop in with buckets of popcorn, frankly, I thought I was in the wrong cinema.  I'd opted for a beer, which, as it turns out, was not strong enough.

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Slow West

Having grown up with Westerns, you'd think I'd come to them predisposed to loving them.  Not so much.  For every good Western, there are a saddlebag of worthless entries to go alongside.  But, the Western is the one genre where, against the backdrop of a huge, never ending sky, just about any tale can be told.  The Western in itself has been around since before cinema and hold a place etched in the public's mind.  Given that the period depicted in most Westerns, normally called "The Old West", lasted only about four years, it has been a magnet for our imagination since the dime novel of the 19th Century.  The Western has evolved, slowly, from Cowboys and Indians, to White Hats versus Black Hats, to Revisionism and then to Realism. 

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The Keeping Room - LFF Review

The American Civil War in popular history is remembered as one of the "Good Wars".  The North fighting for emancipation and freedom, the South for slaves, cotton and molasses.  And to a greater and lesser degree, that was the case, the big picture.  The problem with any war is in the detail, there are no good wars.

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Monsters: Dark Continent - LFF World Premier Review

How do you write a review of a film that is still running around your mind?  Given that the film in question is the sequel-of-sorts to Gareth Edwards stunning 2010 Monsters, it may surprise you to hear that this film, marketed to an extent (the trailer is HERE), as a sci-fi actioner, asks some rather profound questions about the world we live in today.

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