8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival Round-Up

Fast becoming one of the UK’s leading film festivals, Glasgow Film Festival’s eighth year has proven to be one of its best yet.

Selling over 30,000 tickets and attracting some top name guests, there was no better place to be this February than flitting between the marvellous Glasgow Film Theatre and the tallest cinema in Europe, Cineworld Renfrew Street.

Small on scale, yet big on ideas, co-directors Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner Continue reading “8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival Round-Up”

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Review: Babycall (2011)

Anna (Noomi Rapace) and her eight year old son, Anders (Velte Qvenild Werring), are moved to a modest apartment block on the outskirts of Oslo as part of the witness protection program. Scared to death by the violent past she’s escaped, Anna takes no risks with Anders, protecting him from all elements, even the draft.

As she starts to warm to her surroundings, she purchases a baby monitor from a friendly salesman, Helge (Kristoffer Joner), as a way of allowing Anders Continue reading “Review: Babycall (2011)”

Review: Natural Selection (2011)

Loyal Christian housewife Linda (Rachael Harris) enters into panic mode when her husband, Peter (Jon Gries), suffers a stroke. Discovering that he’s been donating sperm in secret, she sets off to find his eldest “son”, Raymond (Matt O’Leary), a foul-mouthed ex-con. Realising she’s worlds apart from Raymond in terms of beliefs and values, Linda has a mammoth task ahead of her to ensure Raymond is able to reunite with his biological father before it’s too late.

A road film of sorts, Natural Selection bathes in the encumbrances of the clashing of Linda and Raymond’s personalities, pointed out early on when Raymond Continue reading “Review: Natural Selection (2011)”

Review: Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

Unable to recover from the untimely death of his brother, Jack (Mark Duplass) is sent to a picturesque cabin on a tiny island by best friend Iris (Emily Blunt). Arriving at the cabin, Jack runs into Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), Iris’ half-sister, who’s taken shelter there after running out on a seven-year-long relationship.

Nursing their respective troubles over a bottle of tequila, Jack and Hannah find themselves sharing a night of passion, only to be rudely awoken by the unexpected arrival of Iris, who’s come to keep Jack company.

Utilising a part-scripted, part-improvised approach, Your Sister’s Sister boasts a Continue reading “Review: Your Sister’s Sister (2011)”

Review: The Raid (2011)

Hollywood action films are increasingly becoming paint-by-numbers fare with uninteresting characters and unbelievable scenarios. The Raid, Welsh born writer and director Gareth Evans’ third feature film, hits hard due to its no-holds-barred coercion, unfaltering intensity and desire to do what most action films don’t: surprise its audience from the opening moments to the final fade to black.

Tasked with taking out Tama (Ray Sahetapy), landlord and kingpin to the scum of Jakarta, a SWAT team enter the building complex in which they believe he and Continue reading “Review: The Raid (2011)”

Is Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Part 2 In Disguise?

Hailed by many critics as a taut, suspenseful Norwegian thriller, Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival over the weekend.

And, based on the newly released UK quad’s eerie similarities with Shane Black’s seminal cult classic (they’re almost identical), Headhunters promises to be the sequel to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang you, or I, were unaware of.

While there’s no immediate problem with the marketing teams plan Continue reading “Is Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Part 2 In Disguise?”

Natural Selection

Natural Selection is a darkly funny road movie of sorts aided by terrific performances from Rachael Harris (The Hangover) and Matt O’Leary (Brick).

After watching the film at the Glasgow Film Festival and writing my review for HeyUGuys, this happened:

How cool is that?

8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival: Top Ten Picks

The official programme for the 8th annual Glasgow Film Festival was revealed last night and, much to everyone’s excitement, it contained an eclectic array of some 239 films from countries around the world.

After an initial glance, I went back to take a longer, harder look at the wide range of films on offer and was struck by ten in particular that I simply had to write about.

In no particular order, my ten picks are listed below: Continue reading “8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival: Top Ten Picks”

8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival Programme Announced

The official programme for the 8th annual Glasgow Film Festival was announced earlier today, featuring a total of 239 films and special events.

Not only does the programme include more European and UK premieres than ever, but it also represents the fact that Glasgow Film Festival is fast becoming a staple in the UK festival calendar – one that showcases “the very best of world cinema without any prejudice or snobbery.”

Lynn Shelton’s emotionally twisted tale Continue reading “8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival Programme Announced”