EIFF 2013 Review: Stories We Tell (2012)

Stories We Tell

Actress-turned-director Sarah Polley turns her attention away from death and adultery as surveyed through her previous two narrative features Away From Her and Take This Waltz and onto her family history with unconventional documentary Stories We Tell. Using her talent as both a filmmaker and as a storyteller to tell her family’s story may seem self-indulgent and unnecessary to be aired in public, yet the warmth in which Polley infuses into the film ensures it carries with it a more deeper, universal value. Continue reading “EIFF 2013 Review: Stories We Tell (2012)”

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Review: Take This Waltz (2011)

Freelance writer Margot (Michelle Williams) is married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook author who specialises in inventive chicken recipes. Their relationship is cosy and tender, yet uninspiring and routine, though neither seem interested in confronting those marital issues that bubble under the silken surface. But, when Margot unexpectedly crosses paths with handsome neighbour Daniel (Luke Kirby) on a writing trip, her heart is pushed and pulled to the limit Continue reading “Review: Take This Waltz (2011)”

EIFF 2012: My Fifty Film Wish List

In light of my recent post where I strategically picked out ten films that could be included in this year’s 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival, I’ve expanded it to include another forty films I would like to see hit the cinema screens in Edinburgh between June 20 – July 1.

From Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike to Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts and Stephen Elliot’s Cherry, this list is purely a dream of mine and by no means Continue reading “EIFF 2012: My Fifty Film Wish List”

EIFF 2012: My Ten Picks

Last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival was, for all intents and purposes, a complete shambles. Festival director James Mullighan was roped in at the last minute when the search to replace Hannah McGill went sour and the festival had a distinct lack of energy compared to previous years. Whether that was down to the poorly run press department, absurd choice of venues or Mullighan himself is anyone’s guess.

This year, however, things seem to be looking up for the world’s oldest continually running film festival. Not to sound too optimistic or anything but, Continue reading “EIFF 2012: My Ten Picks”