2013 In Film: A Summary

Frances Ha

2013 has brought with it a lot of things, both good and bad. But in this particular post I’ll be focusing on the film-related highlights that I’ve experienced over the past twelve months, from a mini adventure in London that included my first ever podcast appearance to a wine-soaked preview screening of Gravity at the newly converted IMAX cinema in Glasgow. I’ve interviewed idols, attended film festivals, and even walked a red carpet. Continue reading “2013 In Film: A Summary”

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GFF 2013 Review: Spring Breakers (2013)

Spring Breakers

Four college girls – Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez) – embark upon the ultimate spring break in Florida – sex, drugs and alcohol, included. However, when they find themselves locked up in jail and rapidly running out of money, they’re bailed out by rapper turned gangster Alien (James Franco) who promises to shower them with riches and make their wildest dreams come true. Continue reading “GFF 2013 Review: Spring Breakers (2013)”

GFF 2013 Review: Compliance (2013)

Compliance

Craig Zobel’s sophomore feature Compliance, based on the alarming reality of victimising prank calls, has built up a significant reputation since debuting at the Sundance Film Festival last year, not least due to its hard-hitting subject-matter and the significant protests that have befallen it; there were various reports of walk-outs and complaints were reported at screenings in the US. Continue reading “GFF 2013 Review: Compliance (2013)”

GFF 2013 Review: Side Effects (2013)

Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh’s swan song (his Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra will air on HBO later this year) sees the esteemed director re-team with Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns for a taut, artistic and unsettling psychological thriller set against the world of mental health. It is a place where abhorrent pharmaceutical industries are benefitting from modern societies increasing reliance on anti-depressants, regardless of their destructive and addictive side effects. Continue reading “GFF 2013 Review: Side Effects (2013)”

GFF 2013 Review: The Paperboy (2013)

The Paperboy

Set in the blistering, sweaty heat of 1960’s Florida, The Paperboy – Lee Daniels’ star-studded follow-up to the Academy Award winning Precious – is a pup-noir crime thriller wrapped in a web of intrigue that’s as trashy and provocative as it is alluring and enormously entertaining. Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey), a newspaper reporter, returns to his hometown with partner Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) to uncover a salacious story of murder. Continue reading “GFF 2013 Review: The Paperboy (2013)”

GFF 2013 Review: The Road: A Story Of Life And Death (2013)

TheRoad

Director Marc Isaac’s latest documentary The Road: A Story Of Life And Death exposes the relatively unexplored lives of those immigrants who, having abandoned their homes in search of richer lives in London, now live along the A5, an old road that runs all the way from Marble Arch, London to Holyhead, Wales. Rather than simply shoving facts and figures down our throats, Isaacs lets the characters to the talking, as they speak candidly about their lives now and the hardships they’ve faced along the way. Continue reading “GFF 2013 Review: The Road: A Story Of Life And Death (2013)”

GFF 2013 Review: Arbitrage (2013)

Arbitrage

Nicholas Jarecki directs Richard Gere in Arbitrage, a competent political thriller about how wealth and power often change people for the worse, regardless of who or what damage and pain this course of action inflicts on those close to them. It’s an intriguing, timely story, yet somehow lacks the necessary bite and emotional core to engage its audience and mask the many inconsistencies contained within Jarecki’s script. Continue reading “GFF 2013 Review: Arbitrage (2013)”