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  • GFF 2014: Mood Indigo | Thoughts On Film
    There are two versions of the film out there one being the longer 130 minute cut and the other the shorter undoubtedly snappier 90 odd minute one I saw the latter and it struggles to maintain the initial momentum for that length never mind adding another 40 minutes In spite of it dealing head on with the rather solemn turn of events it presents and Gondry deserves at least some kudos for doing that making for what ultimately becomes his darkest film yet it s lacks a certain emotional impact By the time it gets to its biggest dramatic moments it doesn t have the desired effect because the road there has been so unfocused Unlike say Gondry s own Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind it doesn t marry the emotional character drama with the fanciful eccentricity well at all leading to a curiously emotionally unengaging watch by film s end Mood Indigo s free wheeling whimsical nature where nothing makes much of any sense and emotional resonance is pushed aside in favour of idiosyncratic digressions made up of felt and pop music led set pieces won t be for everyone but those with a high threshold for quirkiness will find worth here It s ultimately frothy inconsequential nonsense but enjoyable if you re willing to throw up your hands and just go with it audrey tautou featured gff 2014 glasgow film festival mood indigo movie reviews omar sy romain duris About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema

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  • GFF 2014: Night Moves | Thoughts On Film
    found the former as the latter sees the plot ever exceed the grasp of its director buying time until a ridiculous and muddled ending So as a political activism thriller fails in creating any sort of feeling of unease about whether or not they ll get away with it And as a character study it doesn t work because it never does anything to make us truly care about them never getting beneath the surface of why the characters are doing what they re doing or what it means to them on a personal level when the consequences of their actions suddenly become clear to them I think you either like Reichardt s movies or you don t and fans will probably know what to expect going into this one I found it an initially intriguing but ultimately slow and a curiously unsatisfying film that goes absolutely nowhere preachy with its environmental messages and self indulgent with how it goes about exploring them Even the solid performances from Jesse Eisenberg Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard aren t enough to sustain what is essential half an hour of drama elongated across a far too lengthy 110 minute runtime alia shawkat dakota fanning featured festivals gff 2014 glasgow film festival james le gros jesse eisenberg jonathan raymond kelly reichardt movie reviews night moves peter sarsgaard About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The

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  • GFF 2014: Starred Up | Thoughts On Film
    away from showing the harsh realities of the situation at hand It s a film as I said about masculinity but also shrewdly explores themes of self control familial loyalty and recovery from deep seated trauma and what that means in a prison environment where freedom is all but eradicated and tensions run high between prisoners Is the enormous emotional trauma as Rupert Friend s concerned counsellor states a justifiable reason for Eric s violent actions Can it be stamped out so to speak The film intelligently explores all of these issues while at the same time never feeling preachy about it nor does it ever tip over into glorifying the horrendous behaviour on display Director David Mackenzie who previous made the likes of Hallam Foe Young Adam and the underrated Perfect Sense conjures a feeling of claustrophobia and a heightened sense of tension throughout a feeling that danger is around every corner and it often is that keeps you on your toes Add to that the gritty cinematography by Michael McDonough Winter s Bone Albert Nobbs and you have a film that feels unreservedly raw and scarily real There s also a fascinating father son relationship at the centre of the film Fantastically played by O Connell who has screen presence and charisma to spare and Mendelsohn a consistently reliable character actor with a talent for pitch perfect accents it provides for a complex and unpredictable dynamic around which the film revolves throwing up issues about how much blame lands at the feet of an absent father in how his violent son has turned out and whether it s possible to make amends especially in such a harsh environment Mackenzie takes a potentially clichéd prison story and injects some real life into it never taking the easy way out with how he handles its many complex issues This is a superbly acted expertly judged tough as nails drama that s absolutely brimming with tension and always riveting one that firmly establishes O Connell as one of British cinema s brightest young acting talents Starred Up is released in UK cinemas on March 21st ben mendelsohn featured festivals gff 2014 glasgow film festival jack o connell jonathan asser movie reviews rupert friend starred up About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet Leave A Response Click here to cancel reply Name required Email required Website Comment Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter TOF UK on Twitter Follow TOF UK 405 people follow TOF UK NadiaHon

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  • GFF 2014: Blue Ruin Movie Review | Thoughts On Film
    out of his depth It never falls into the trap of making Dwight a two dimensional indestructible killing machine and Blair s performance brings humanity to a harsh and uncompromising film It s a film that can be enjoyed as a straight up revenge thriller with a gleefully dark sense of humour or one that looks at the effect such an endeavor can have on a damaged individual and at the age old theme that violence merely begets more violence Either way it s a finely crafted piece of cinema compelling from the outset and thanks to its penchant for sudden bloody violence constantly keeps you on your toes Schlocky as its set up and some of its more absurdly violent moments may suggest the accomplished direction elevates this beyond cheap thrills and shocks Evoking the work of the Coen bros as well as the likes of Animal Kingdom Snowtown and Kill List Blue Ruin is a bold brutal and tense film that won t be soon forgotten and marks its director out as a talent to watch Blue Ruin is released in UK cinemas on May 2nd blue ruin devin ratray featured gff 2014 glasgow film festival macon blair movie reviews About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet Leave A Response Click here to cancel

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  • GFF 2014: The Double | Thoughts On Film
    Noah Baumbach it also felt very much like its own brand of idiosyncratic The Double feels caught between a mass of ideas and never quite settles on a through line to make it truly satisfying as an overall cinematic experience Is it a film truly about isolation Paranoia Self destruction It hints at all of these things but often sorely lacks subtlety such as when a character explicitly states to Simon that he s pretty unnoticeable a bit of a non person and never quite puts its finger on any of them during its increasingly perplexing plot There s definite worth to be found throughout however not least in the cast While perhaps the doppelgänger character may have required an actor with more gravitas than Eisenberg to pull off the overbearing sinister qualities the role demands he s brilliant in the lead role Mia Wasikowska is also very good as Simon s would be girlfriend who like most of the cast we re never quite sure of her agenda or even if she s real and not just a figment of our put upon hero s imagination There s a joy to be had in simply spotting the character actors that turn up throughout including Noah Taylor Sally Hawkins Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige all of whom appeared in his previous film Ayoade employs some eclectic methods to unnerve the audience the split screen doubling effect is particularly clever and utterly seamless and he succeeds overall at creating a palpable sense of menace and atmosphere setting his follow up feature in a world that sits somewhere between the aforementioned Brazil and David Lynch s Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive The latter even carries through to its plot that like both of Lynch s film culminates in a way that will leave you scratching your head but unlike them in that it never has any sort of emotional impact The simultaneously futuristic and vintage production design performances and surreal other worldly atmosphere are just about enough sustain a film that never feels sure of what it wants to be what it wants to say or how it wants to say it The Double is released in UK cinemas on April 4th chris o dowd craig roberts featured gff 2014 glasgow film festival jesse eisenberg mia wasikowska movie reviews noah taylor paddy considine richard ayoade sally hawkins shawn fox the double tim key wallace shawn yasmin paige About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet Leave A Response Click here

    Original URL path: http://thoughtsonfilm.co.uk/movie-reviews/gff-2014-the-double/ (2016-04-26)
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  • GFF 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel Movie Review | Thoughts On Film
    and visual level the film is exquisite from its eclectic pastel shaded colour palette to the costumes and sets all of which make it seem like some sort of idiosyncratic painting come to life But there s also more to it than surface level perfectionism The script is beautifully structured with this three tiered flashback approach that ties into its themes of legacy and looking back with fondness and longing The dialogue is zippy funny and eminently quotable the humour pitched just at the right level of wry and knowing without tipping over into pretentiousness And while it s not as emotionally engaging as something like Moonrise Kingdom there is still some emotional resonance to be found particularly in a scene in which Gustav realises the error of his his passive rude behaviour towards Zero It s populated by an absolute stellar cast some of whom will be welcome and familiar faces to Anderson fans like Jason Schwartzman Bill Murray and Owen Wilson while the likes of Fiennes Abraham Saoirse Ronan and newcomer Revolori inject fresh blood into the director s inimitable world creation which in this case feels at once knowingly manufactured and entirely believable in its own right Fiennes is particularly great here giving a nuanced performance that brings a humanity to a potentially unlikeable character Even when he does something stupid or says something rude and mean we re still right along with him Part comedic character study part farcical adventure The Grand Budapest Hotel is another charmer from a director who is like him or a not a truly unique cinematic voice While the multiple narration throughout as we jump between each of the time periods is a little unnecessary and distracting it doesn t take away too much from what is otherwise a beautifully designed delight filled with great performances of characters that are a joy to be around I m not sure it will convert anyone who isn t already an Anderson fan but it s made with admirable affection and feels as much like a film made to satisfy the director s own artistic ambitions as it does those who wait with bated breath for each and every one of his projects The Grand Budapest Hotel is released in UK cinemas on March 7th adrien brody bill murray bob balaban edward norton f murray abraham featured festivals gff 2014 glasgow film festival hugo guinness jeff goldblum jude law lea seydoux mathieu amalric movie reviews owen wilson ralph fiennes saoirse ronan tilda swinton tom wilkinson tony revolori wes anderson willem dafoe About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema

    Original URL path: http://thoughtsonfilm.co.uk/movie-reviews/gff-2014-the-grand-budapest-hotel/ (2016-04-26)
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  • EIFF 2014: We'll Never Have Paris | Thoughts On Film
    like Woody Allen and every fibre of its being throughout stretches to capture the chatty narcissism and light hearted charm of the incomparable director s comedic work namely Annie Hall It doesn t quite get to that level not even close actually and has a distinctive whiff of Diet Allen about it How much you connect to and believe in the film will largely come down to how sufferable you find the lead character as well as how much leeway you re willing to give the various interactions On paper Quinn is an unlikeable and selfish idiot who doesn t deserve to be with the inexplicably loyal Devon and his repeated relationship faux pas sometimes seem forced rather than realistic in the way the based on a true story notice at the beginning suggests It s mostly down to the performances then by Heldberg and Lynskey that the film just about works However fussy and stupid Quinn acts Heldberg has an inherent likeability about him and to his credit he gives the role his all to sell it Lynskey is laid back and charming bringing the sense and sensibility to this mis matched on off couple The same can t be said for some of the supporting cast not so much in their performances which are perfectly fine but how their characters are drawn Grace is two dimensional in the extreme fulfilling the role of the good looking girl who unaccountably becomes obsessed with a bumbling neurotic in a side plot that comes off as self aggrandizing on behalf of Heldberg more than anything else While Quinto s best friend character Jameson simply makes no sense a privileged know it all who appears to simply live off exotic vegetable drinks and doesn t care when he loses 1000 when gambling online merely there as a sounding board for Quinn s complaints and ramblings It s a prime example of how the film features caricatures rather than actual fully fleshed characters We ll Never Have Paris is a deeply flawed and entirely been there done that romantic comedy derivative of Woody Allen and a million other knowing films of years past Nevertheless there is a charm however slight to it that makes it an affable watch It s just about enough to recommend it for fans of breezy rom coms that thrive on amiability even if it doesn t tell us anything particularly new about men women or the relationships between them featured maggie grace melanie lynskey movie reviews simon heldberg we ll never have paris zachary quinto About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema

    Original URL path: http://thoughtsonfilm.co.uk/movie-reviews/eiff-2014-well-never-have-paris/ (2016-04-26)
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  • EIFF 2014: Han Gong-ju | Thoughts On Film
    the more we find out It s something of a cinematic puzzle but one that becomes less and less appealing to try and work it out because just like its meek protagonist it s too horrific to contemplate especially when we re dealing with such a likeable character for whom we only want the best Along the complex and progressively tragic narrative the film also tackles relatable themes for anyone who didn t find high school a walk in the park which is probably most people These include issues of judgement acceptance friendship fulfilling one s potential and trying your best to escape your past even as it clings onto every fibre of your being Director Lee Su jin making a mightily impressive debut deftly and meaningfully explores these and other themes without it ever feeling like it s banging you over the head On top of its nuanced yet powerful handling of the story the whole thing is bolstered even further by some fantastic performances Relative newcomer Chun Woo hee is exceptional in the lead role capturing all the tortured emotions of a girl trying her best to escape her past both alienated by her new surroundings and using it as a springboard to move on Lee Young Lan brings a warmth to the initially hard nosed and even mean spirited grocer who takes in Gong ju despite her efforts to find love and settle down with someone again in her later years The film even manages to shed a refreshing new light on the high school scenes particularly when it comes to the group of girls headed by Eun Hee Jeong In seon who try their best to welcome Gong ju and encourage her evident vocal talent even as she protests And why exactly Gong ju protests is the crux of the mystery surrounding what happened to her before her arrival and from there the truth slowly begins to spiral out into the open I won t reveal what that truth is here but needless to say it delivers several gut punch moments of emotion that takes the film from an intriguing character piece into a supremely effective drama about how the past can not only stay with you but shape who you are for better or worse chun woo hee featured han gong ju lee su jin lee young lan movie reviews About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet Leave A Response Click here to cancel reply Name required Email required Website Comment

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