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Review: Gods of Molenbeek Rating 80%

Review: Gods of Molenbeek

Right from the beginning of Gods of Molenbeek the audience is conscious regarding the danger of Molenbeek district described as a ‘Jihadi Hotbed.’ However, the main theme of the film is not terrorism but rather the search of God from the eyes of child, Aatos.

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Review: Phoenix, Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2019 Rating 70%

Review: Phoenix, Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2019

Norwegian writer-director Camilla Strøm Henriksen admits that she appreciates “things that are not too much in your face”. For her understated but visceral debut Phoenix, she brings her own experience about growing up too early among inept artistic parents to the cinema with unsentimental skill. Screened during the Glasgow Youth Film Festival along with a live Q&A with Henriksen and lead actress Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin in her first role, this was definitely one of the highlights of the festival. Responding to a moved audience with humility and passion, the pair rounded off the intimate experience of the film with a spark that remained palpable on your way home through moody Glasgow.

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Review: The Souvenir Rating 20%

Review: The Souvenir

Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir shows that not every bad relationship makes good cinema. Introduced for selected screenings in Glasgow by the charity-funded project Reclaim the Frame, which supports female-directed works, this widely acclaimed film teases with an exciting cast and artistic sensitivity. But while watching the film, I found the awkward script, uncritical depiction of class and static characterisation hard to chew and left the cinema with an upset stomach full of second-hand embarrassments.

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Review: Right In The Eye – Live Movie-Concert of Georges Méliès’ Films, Fringe 2019 Rating 80%

Review: Right In The Eye – Live Movie-Concert of Georges Méliès’ Films, Fringe 2019

Entering the dimly lit, black-curtained performance room with its ceiling muffled in rococo stone roses and pomegranates in Edinburgh’s French Institute feels like creeping into an old jewellery box to escape the Fringe’s buzz. But the performance that is about to take place is everything but dusty: French multi-instrumentalist Jean-François Alcoléa’s musical brainchild Right in the Eye, a live concert designed as a soundtrack to a series of silent films by the father of special effects, Georges Méliès, is an exuberant mixed-media feast full of experimental verve.

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Review: Pain and Glory Rating 65%

Review: Pain and Glory

Every Almodóvar film is emblematic of the filmmaker’s age: his early work with its cross-dressing, joyful kitsch and burlesque antics (ladies getting horny when they see urine, anyone?) is definitely a young man’s curious take on the world, while more mature masterpieces like Volver (2006) or the director’s own favourite Talk to Her (2002) show Almodóvar at his golden prime. Being his 21st film now – and his most openly autobiographical one to date – Pain and Glory doesn’t show the filmmaker’s skills waning but smooths down some potentially eccentric narrative edges while still using those rich and creamy Almodóvar ingredients we all love.

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Review: Bill Drummond – Best Before Death Rating 75%

Review: Bill Drummond – Best Before Death

Avant-garde Scottish artist Bill Drummond, best known for his work with 1980s electronic outfit The KLF, brought his new documentary film Best Before Death to Stonehaven Town Hall recently. Directed by Paul Duane, it documents two years of the 12-year World Tour, which he intends to be his final project. Beginning in Kolkata, India, then moving on to Memphis, Tennessee, Drummond spends his time in these areas building beds, making soup and baking cakes, among other seemingly mundane tasks – to mixed reactions from those he meets on his travels. Apart from the film crew, Drummond is accompanied on this journey by Tracy Moberly, and towards the end we are shown his efforts to bring the story to the stage, with Tam Dean Burn playing Drummond and Moberly being portrayed by Charlie Sellers.

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Review: Armstrong Rating 75%

Review: Armstrong

Sat down with my boyfriend, I put on a space documentary, the first I had watched in a while. A little background about me; my space knowledge is next to nothing, and my boyfriend’s more than average. I was looking forward to learning at least a little bit more about the first man on the moon, so when it came to talking about it with him I could give more than the occasional ‘hmm’ and ‘ahh yes’.

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