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Review: Scream For Me Sarajevo Rating 85%

Review: Scream For Me Sarajevo

Scream for Me Sarajevo is a documentary regarding Bruce Dickinson’s (of Iron Maiden fame) attempts to make it through war torn Bosnia to put on a heavy metal gig in the under siege city of Sarajevo. It is Bosnian directors Tarik Hodzic’s first feature length film and it offers a different slant on longest siege of a capital city in modern times. It eschews politics and, for the most part, even backstory and instead concentrates on what life was like for the city’s residents in the run up to the concert

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Review: Ready Player One Rating 65%

Review: Ready Player One

Ernest Cline’s pop culture love letter/empty geek pandering is brought from book to screen by the man who, if Peter Biskind is to be believed, probably started the plasticity of modern cinema and culture in general: Steven Spielberg.

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Review: You Were Never Really Here Rating 89%

Review: You Were Never Really Here

To say I’ve seen Lynne Ramsay’s entire oeuvre is no great claim: she’s not the most prolific film-maker. Her early short films led to her poignant debut feature, Ratcatcher, which should have placed her as one of Scotland’s foremost emerging (female) directors. But it hasn’t been an easy path. You may ask why I put the word ‘female’ in parenthesis in the previous sentence… a point I will elaborate on, if not perhaps for the obvious reason.

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Review: Super November, Glasgow Film Fest 2018 Rating 63%

Review: Super November, Glasgow Film Fest 2018

With elements of Attack the Block and 28 Days Later, Super November is an ambitious project considering it’s micro, micro-budget. Exploring the impact that politics can have on a personal level, Douglas King and Josie Long has collaborated on a feature film which begins somewhat of a whimsical tale about a loved-up librarian who is adamant she has found her soul mate, and then with the impact of the right-wing government six months later we see her poised in a political crisis.

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Alison Strauss: The programme seeks to appeal to folk that might be new to silent film

The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival 2018 is fast approaching, kicking off on 21st March right through until 24th, bringing the joy of sound and silent film to the community of Bo’ness.
Alison Strauss, Director of the Festival, spoke to The Fountain about her anticipated highlights, what makes HippFest different and the appeal of a film festival as specialist as this one.

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Review: Neu! Reekie!’s February Fling Rating 65%

Review: Neu! Reekie!’s February Fling

Neu! Reekie! at the St Andrews Church in Leith was a versatile evening mixing poetry, film and music. Although Neu! Reekie! is an established evening, as a newbie to the Reekie! experience I really did not know what to expect and was bemused at arriving to catch the middle section of a popular animated film.

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Review: Lady Bird Rating 85%

Review: Lady Bird

Every so often I challenge myself to watch a film that I might not usually go to. An American High School coming-of-age movie would not be my first choice, but since Lady Bird seemed to be dividing opinion between critics and audience, I thought I’d review it before it either did or didn’t win an Oscar.
First off, I was wrong-footed by the title, as I thought of the nursery rhyme: “Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly away home.” It was a far-cry from Ken Loach’s harrowing Ladybird, Ladybird, and Carroll Ballard’s sweet film, Fly Away Home with Anna Paquin – who also plays in Kenneth Lonergan’s sadly misfired masterpiece, Margaret. I’ll return to this film presently. Lady Bird seems a more straight-forward film at first, following the eponymous (albeit, self-named) character on her ‘voyage of self-discovery.’ And, yes, that’s a cliché.

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Review: Journeyman, Glasgow Film Fest 2018 Rating 85%

Review: Journeyman, Glasgow Film Fest 2018

Second feature, following the acclaimed and powerful Tyrannosaur, there were many bets hedged with this Paddy Considine film. Written and directed as well as starring him, there is much of Considine thrown into this movie, one that he began writing before we saw Peter Mullan and Olivia Coleman emerge in his debut feature, following the short, Dog Altogether. Clearly a personal project, which involves the producer of Tyrannosaur, Diarmid Scrimshaw, and actors Jodie Whittaker, who was in Attack the Block, and about to star in Doctor Who, as well as Paul Popplewell, who has been in ’71 and Shameless, this is more than a boxing film, there is tenderness, psyche and emotion within this Considine feature.

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Review: Written on the Body Rating 79%

Review: Written on the Body

Sometimes as a reviewer I’m not sure if I should be writing up an event or its content. A book-launch review, for example, needn’t be about the book itself, but what the writer has to say about the writing process (see, for example, my review of Alan Hollinghurst).
A similar case ensued when I saw an event at the Filmhouse titled Written on the Body. I immediately thought of Jeanette Winterson’s 1992 book… possibly for the right reasons. This selection of short films was presented in response to Scotland’s LGBT History Month. The titles of the films alone drew me in; who could resist names like Spermwhore and Mamihlapinatapai! This sort of fare has, perhaps, a niche market – and therefore just what Filmhouse does best.

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Review: The Third Murder, Glasgow Film Fest 2018 Rating 80%

Review: The Third Murder, Glasgow Film Fest 2018

Over the past two decades, Hirokazu Kore-Eda has quietly established himself as a director with an exceptional grasp of portraying interpersonal relationships. After a number of documentaries (and one drama, Maborosi) his feature After Life, released in 1998 and also written and edited by Kore-Eda himself, began a career that has featured wonderful pieces of human drama in the forms of Still Walking, I Wish, Nobody Knows and more.

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Ida Panahandeh: As a female filmmaker, I would like to speak of the femininity of women in my country

It’s International Women’s Day yet again, whereby we rightly celebrate the work and influence from women across the globe, and it’s wonderful on such a day to introduce Iranian filmmaker Ida Panahandeh, who has been over recently to Edinburgh as part of the Iranian Festival to introduce her films, Nahid and Israfil.
Ida spoke to The Fountain about the natural process for her to speak of femininity, being a female filmmaker and her reasons for being part of the Edinburgh Iranian Festival.

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