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  • EIFF 2014: Snowpiercer | Thoughts On Film
    fascinating look at a society in microcosm exploring how even in such an apocalyptic situation in which literally billions of people have been wiped out that there is still a tiered society that emerges where the rich and powerful beforehand remain so Why Because they have physical power including guns and control over food water and the locks and keys that seclude everyone as well as psychological power over those deprived and in need Even when the poor folk try to fight back and met with brute force there s still an underlying feeling that this society functions for the sake of there being a society and order As Mason a head mistress esque authoritative spokeswoman for the front of the train played magnificently by Tilda Swinton says I belong to the front You belong to the tail Keep your place Bong s film provides something for just about everyone with things segmented both literally and the type of entertainment it provides There s as much deliberately paced character building and exploration of their individual motivations given impact by impressive performances from the likes of Evans Jamie Bell Octavia Spencer and Song Kang ho one of Bong s regular collaborators as there is stunning action the latter made all the more impressive by the close quarters nature of it all One centrepiece sequence in which the revolting population face off against the small army of armed soldiers is particularly impressive stylishly visceral as it recalls both the graphic novel upon which it s based and Park Chan wook s hallway fight scene from Oldboy As the revolt begins and we start moving from the harsh tail section we begin to see the various areas of the constricted world in which the remaining human population lives Almost every segment brings a new flavour and atmosphere to the film as a whole perpetually revealing new layers to the society whether it be the creepily compliant brainwashed schoolchildren in the classroom carriage or the surprising addition of an actual nightclub where the carefree rich can enjoy themselves while the poor try their best to survive just a dozen segments away Bong s debut English language feature is an impressive machine indeed as well oiled intellectually as it is thoroughly entertaining and compelling It s a film that deftly explores the themes of everyday society but taken to the extreme and heightened in a restricted setting punctuating its narrative with bouts of thrilling and expertly choreographed action alongside moments of welcome humour Ironically in spite of its seemingly disjointed plot where things are literally segmented it adds up to more than the sum of its parts making for a rich and audacious cinematic experience that fuses arthouse thinking with blockbuster heart Overall it s simply a killer concept brilliantly executed alison pill chris evans ed harris eiff 2014 ewen bremner featured festivals jamie bell john hurt kelly masterson ko ah sung movie reviews octavia spencer snowpiercer song kang ho tilda swinton About the Author

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  • EIFF 2014: We Are Monster | Thoughts On Film
    inside the mind of this troubled and violent inmate by not beating around the bush At the same time this can and does make the film feel somewhat repetitive both in how it keeps reverting to the back and forth monologue Robert is essentially having with himself and how it beats you over the head with its messages As the requisite info during the end credits letting you know what ultimately became of the real story beyond what we see portrayed on screen states the fault for Zahid s death something which is revealed in the first few minutes may partly lie with the guards who did nothing to separate Robert from someone against whom he was clearly prejudiced However the film only lightly touches on this aspect with a couple of throwaway lines about how the senior guard tells his men not to worry about every little racial slur said by an inmate or being too tired to care Exploring that in greater detail might have helped it present a more satisfying better rounded look at the issue s than the more limited focus it presents The film then falls onto the shoulders of its writer and lead actor and Alexander is thankfully more than up to the task His dual performance split across two personalities the domineering one controlling the compliant one is powerful and scarily convincing even when the film lacks some crucial nuance In a hackneyed and clunky attempt at back story and motivation we see Robert s childhood literally projected onto his cell wall in which his father beat him and his mother was apathetic and it s a testament to Alexander s committed performance that he still sells it It s the lack of subtlety and repetitive nature of the central split personality conceit that ultimately holds We Are Monster back from being the vital and important exploration of hatred and monstrous actions that it so clearly wants it to be Nevertheless it s an admirably audacious and ambitious effort made by a passionate director and writer that at the very least is a real conversation starter antony petrou aymen hamdouchi eiff 2014 featured festivals gethin anthony leeshon alexander movie reviews we are monster 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 DocShort SmokeyB Emfounda CinemaCo

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  • EIFF 2014: The Green Inferno | Thoughts On Film
    horror films want and expect It s indeed a brutal watch that s often tough to endure most definitely not for those with a weak disposition and stomach This is not the type of film to hint at the gruesome details and cut away at the last minute something other safer horrors have been guilty of in order to obtain that wider audience friendly age rating This is helped by some truly terrific gore effects entirely convincing on screen and affecting because of the often matter of fact way the tribe go about their cannibalistic customs Roth is obviously taking great pleasure in attempting to gross out his audience and while that can often lead to offense or disgust without substance or reason indeed I have found that to be the case with some of his previous work namely his two Hostel flicks it seeks shock while making a point That point is multi pronged whether it be its exploration of cultural misunderstanding taken to the extreme here by throwing privileged white Americans into the deep end with a polar opposite culture or the idea of people projecting a helpfulness but being ill equipped when it comes to actually doing something Roth s film skilfully approaches these and other subjects without hammering it home never forgetting that at the end of the day this is an over the top horror movie that needs to deliver on that level most of all It s hard not to watch Roth s latest and best film without thinking of Cannibal Holocaust the seminal horror that influenced so many films since including ushering in the over used found footage style A lot of the imagery found here is practically lifted straight from that classic chief among them the unforgettable sight of bodies spiked on poles through their mouth But it comes across as a respectful homage rather than any sort of rip off particularly because it s made by someone who knows and loves their horror movies and is doing his best here to provide that with as much kick as possible and just enough of a weighty message to make it mean something Roth s film is ultimately an entertaining blissfully violent watch for those who like their horrors with a bite as bad as their bark ariel levy daryl sabara eiff 2014 eli roth featured festivals guillermo amoedo kirby bliss blanton lorenzo izzo movie reviews sky ferreira the green inferno 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

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  • EIFF 2014: Scintilla | Thoughts On Film
    long in their company and is down to the wet noodle of a script that s littered with failed attempts at comic relief overly expository dialogue and a lack of any sort of central theme onto which the viewer can grab The film feels like it goes on for way longer than it s relatively brisk 90 minute runtime due to its surprisingly lethargic pace uninspired action and lackadaisical attempts at scares There s simply no momentum to any of it lacking a much needed sense of anticipatory anxiousness about what s around the next corner or how this ill fated mission may turn out To be fair the film does show a more creative hand in the latter stages raising potential interesting ideas when it finally gets around to dealing with its questions of morality surrounding illegal and hideous experiments However it s a case of far too little too late and it signs off on an intriguing note that makes you wish the whole movie had been about that rather than the utterly derivative military mission shenanigans that takes up most of it Avoid antonia thomas beth winslet billy o brien craig conway eiff 2014 featured festivals john lynch morjana alaoui movie reviews ned dennehy scintilla 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

    Original URL path: http://thoughtsonfilm.co.uk/movie-reviews/eiff-2014-scintilla/ (2016-04-26)
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  • EIFF 2014: The Anomaly | Thoughts On Film
    rather than becoming repetitive The actual plot itself in which we find the basic structural concept does become far fetched even by the film s obvious fantastical approach often relying on expository dialogue merely there to spoon feed the audience when there s simply no need and grinding the action to a halt in the meantime And speaking of action Clarke has chosen to present the fist fights in a sort of John Woo meets The Raid type fashion with clearly choreographed moves set to sudden jolts of slow motion It works up until a point but sometimes comes across as being a little indulgent and purely there because it looks cool rather than serving any sort of real purpose in the plot Clarke s latest film is an admirably ambitious effort to meld together different forms of sci fi action set far enough into the future so as to be slightly alien to us but without going overboard with tons of fancy gadget or giant spaceships building a believably constructed world where advertising still rules the streets and whatnot Some of the dialogue and acting isn t great and its reach may ultimately exceeds its grasp but there s something to be said for a film that has a killer concept and just runs with it wherever it may take it alexis knapp brian cox eiff 2014 featured festivals ian somerhalder movie reviews noel clarke the anomaly 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

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  • EIFF 2014: Let Us Prey Movie Review | Thoughts On Film
    Killers esque self righteous roles The exception is McIntosh s new and well meaning policewoman but that s likely down to her spirited performance than her character being particularly well written The film attempts to build tension and momentum with a strict three act structure each of which might might as well be signposted along the way While it s somewhat successful with an admittedly intriguing first segment it merely gets to the point of waiting around for something more interesting to happen not to mention to come along and interrupt the woeful dialogue Then we finally get to the third act which to the film s credit goes all out in an Evil Dead II meets Suspiria fashion but without the sense of knowing and anarchic funny of either of those How much you enjoy Let Us Prey will be down to if you re willing to just throw your hands up and go with the flow I didn t and thus found it a silly and frustrating horror only kept somewhat watchable because of the interesting visual style and the ever great Cunningham He is the only one to be in any way convincing bringing a certain gravitas to what is otherwise wannabe religious horror nonsense brian o malley bryan larkin douglas russell eiff 2014 featured festivals hanna stanbridge let us prey liam cunningham movie reviews pollyanna mcintosh 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

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  • EIFF 2014: Hyena Movie Review | Thoughts On Film
    effect it has on them It also throws up some interesting moral quandaries for a character so steeped in a criminal world that has taken hold of him in more ways than one such as when a girl under control of the Albanian brothers needs his help Many of the scenes here are very tough to watch indeed unashamed and uncompromising in its portrayal of its criminal underworld and all that entails It does slip carelessly into gratuitous and even sleazy on occasion a rape scene is particularly harrowing and problematic sometimes giving off the vibe that it s being shocking just for the sake of it That sort of thing often hinders the overall effect of the film getting in the way of certain more interesting subplots one in particular involving the possible reigniting of a friendship between Michael and David the always brilliant Stephen Graham that is glossed over Sadly the proclivity for the shock factor takes away from what is otherwise a powerful and supremely atmospheric film Nonetheless there s an uncompromising and admirable boldness to it both in style and what s shown on screen that makes it pretty much impossible not to sit up and take notice elisa lasowski featured gerard johnson hyena movie reviews myanna buring neil maskell peter ferdinando richard dormer stephen graham 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

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  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 Programme Announced | TOF
    anticipated Snowpiercer which is part of the Director s Showcase that aims to present work from both auteur directors and new talents Stake Land and We Are What We Are director Jim Mickle returns with already critically acclaimed Cold In July starring Dexter himself Michael C Hall and Anton Corbijn Control The American directs the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man one of the actors last ever films before he sadly passed away There s also James Franco and Emma Roberts who star in Palo Alto from director Gia Coppola Abel Ferrara s typically controversial new film Welcome to New York Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis star in the anticipated Hellion which makes it s International Premiere at the festival and there s the World Premiere of Castles in the Sky starring Eddie Izzard as radar inventor Robert Watson Watt Filling the eccentric quota we have the likes of Life After Beth a zombie romantic comedy that sports an impressive cast including Aubrey Plaza John C Reilly and Dane DeHaan Noel Clarke presents the World Premiere of his futuristic thriller The Anomaly featuring a cast that includes Ian Somerhalder Brian Cox and Luke Hemsworth and Eli Roth delivers his latest no doubt opinion dividing effort The Green Inferno On top of its usual Strands that include American Dreams New Perspectives and Black Box we also have two fresh country focuses for the long running festival Germany and Iran And there s also a new Strand entitled Teen Spirit which is part of the fest s devotion to encouraging and celebrating young talent Lastly and excitingly EIFF and has also teamed up with Empire Magazine for a special and rare theatrical screening of the film that was voted by the readers as The Greatest Movie of All Time for their 301st issue Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back Those are just some of the highlights of what this year s festival has to offer For the full programme you can view the interactive PDF on the official EIFF website where you can also book tickets The 68th annual Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from June 18 29 What are YOU looking forward to at this year s festival Let us know in the comments below And as always look out for our review coverage right here on the site a most wanted man castles in the sky cold in july edinburgh international film festival eiff 2014 featured festivals hellion hyena life after beth palo alto snowpiercer star wars episode v the empire strikes back the anomaly the green inferno we ll never have paris welcome to new york 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

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