Best Ten Films Of 2012

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2012 may not have been a landmark year for cinema in the same way 1999 was, but it’s certainly seen its fair share of outstanding releases challenge, captivate and move audiences in remarkable ways. The first half was arguably somewhat of a write-off, with only the left-over Academy Award releases and a sprinkling of surprising successes – 21 Jump Street (arguably the best comedy of the year), The Cabin In The Woods, The Hunger Games and Pirates! In An Adventure With Continue reading “Best Ten Films Of 2012”

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Review: The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) have been blissfully in love ever since they met at a DIY superhero New Year’s party. Wanting to spend the rest of his life with her, Tom proposes on their one year anniversary. But, despite their best intentions, life – new jobs, adultery and mid-life crises – keeps putting off their plans – something they can only take on the chin for a certain amount of time.

Produced by Judd Apatow and co-written by director Nicholas Stoller and Segel himself, The Five-Year Engagement boasts some excellent credentials, and Continue reading “Review: The Five-Year Engagement (2012)”

Debut Trailer And Poster For Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister

IFC Films have debuted an entrancingly heartwarming US trailer for their new romance-drama Your Sister’s Sister.

Directed by Seattle-based filmmaker and mumblecore advocator Lynn Shelton (Humpday), Your Sister’s Sister stars Mark Duplass (Cyrus), Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada).

Struggling to overcome the death of his brother, Jack is sent to a remote cabin by Continue reading “Debut Trailer And Poster For Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister”

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”

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)”

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”