The Science of Ghosts explores musician Adrian Crowley and his life, exploring what a documentary of his life might look like, identifying the blurring between reality and documentary, considering his past, present and future. The film is part of the Glasgow Film Festival’s programme this year, and Adrian spoke with The Fountain about working with Niall McCann as well as its inclusion in the programme.Read More
When Logan saw the last breaths of a beloved character, there sprang a debate as to whether that film was the best comic book movie. It had a self-reflexive edge, as evidenced by the fact it was confident enough in the knowledge its audience had about its source material and influences to have its characters read comic books and watch Shane. In certain pop culturally-aware company, the question “Logan or The Dark Knight?” means bunkering down into a maelstrom of debate indicative of the hold the superhero genre has on modern cinema.Read More
There’s a flurry of films coming out at the moment with strong female characters at the centre: The Favourite, Colette, Disobedience and this one, Mary Queen of Scots. About time too. Perhaps Hollywood’s financiers are finally realising (post Weinstein), the value of allowing the stories and portrayals of remarkable women to come to the fore. This is not the first interpretation of Mary Stuart and her defiant Gaelic passion, but in the latest version written by Beau Willimon, the emphasis is on the similarities between Stuart, and her English reigning cousin, Elizabeth.Read More
Colette, a dramatisation of the life of Gabrielle Colette, who is one of France’s most celebrated female writers, focuses on her relationship with
writer Henry Gauthier-Villars, known commonly as “Willy.” With Keira Knightley and Dominic West as the key talent there is much to add to this film, including their performances, which conceivably convey the biography of the female ghost and then writer, who is known for her 1944 novella, Gigi.
Earlier this year I reviewed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s film The Third Murder. Departing from his traditional style, the main issue I had was that with this change, some of the greater emotional depth of his prior work did not quite make the transition. Now, within the same year (in the UK at least) he returns to familiar ground with Shoplifters, and with it comes the cementing of Kore-Eda as one of Japan’s greatest filmmakers, living or dead.Read More
When I first heard that there was to be a remake of 1977 cult sinister feature, Suspiria, I was dubious that it would live up to the name Dario Argento has given this grisly horror. However, you only have to consider two names attached to this remake to give you room to reconsider this scepticism, Tilda Swinton and Thom Yorke, two very much acclaimed in their fields. Considering the changes to the plot without any spoilers it is obvious that Luca Guadagnino is not one hundred per cent loyal to the original but that does not necessarily take anything away, if anything it seems to open the doors to surprise, surprise, a sequel.Read More
Just before D-Day, A US platoon is parachuted behind enemy lines to destroy a Nazi radio tower. Then they discover the French village near the target has both a secret laboratory and a touch of the occult running under it….Read More
This weekend The Dunoon Film Festival kicks off it’s sixth programme of events, in the Dunoon Burgh Hall as well as The Studio Cinema, the Pier building, local schools and communities. This includes classics such as The Women, an 80s disco alongside Gregory’s Girl and documentary, Nae Pasaran.
Festival Director, Corinne Ortin, spoke with The Fountain about the programme for the sixth Dunoon Film Festival as well as some of her personal highlights.
As I sat down to watch Mandy I wondered when the last time there’s been a Nicolas Cage film shown on the big screen. So much of his recent output had been direct to streaming sites and, mostly dreadful, that it never even made the silver screen. That said, I’m sure there are plenty of you who consider much of his work awful even when he was in his golden period.Read More
Having heard much about Take One Action, I had still yet to attend this film festival which has always intrigued me. It has empowering and questioning as it’s two core visions. Stepping into the Scottish Youth Theatre building in Glasgow, I had no more to expect but to witness precisely that, and I was certainly not disappointed with the screening of Swedish documentary, Silvana, which documents the LGBT activist and rapper, Silvana Imam.Read More
When their billionaire owner commands the multi-national crew of a reserach rig to breach the crust at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, they unleash a monster from the depths…and only one man can stop it.
Back in the early part of the century, a film magazine bestowed the mediocre 2003 remake of The Italian Job with a mere three out of ten, with the reason being that the sole redeeming feature was a former Commonwealth Games diver who had lit up Guy Ritchie’s early mockney efforts from a few years previously.
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