LFF – The Final Word: Amy Berg

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At this year’s LFF I had the opportunity to interview two time Emmy award winning documentarian Amy Berg, whose fourth film West of Memphis was screened in this year’s ‘Documentary Competition.’ As I sit down I notice a half-eaten sandwich on the table, and a newspaper spread open on the seat next to Amy. I feel as if I am interrupting her, but she is gracious, and tells me that… Read More »

LFF – The Final Word: Jeremy Teicher

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  For part seven of our LFF Final Word feature, we turn our focus to debut narrative director Jeremy Teicher. Screened in this year’s ‘Dare’ category, Tall as the Baobab Tree exudes an almost effortless quality. Visually and narratively uncomplicated, it conveys with simplicity the depiction of tradition versus transformation in rural Africa, of which education is the driving force. The film’s simple and unassuming presence will make it a… Read More »

Asia7070: The Spring River Flows East (1947)

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Dan continues his look at 70 years of Asian cinema with epic drama The Spring River Flows East, released in 1947 and now considered one of the classics of Chinese film THE SPRING RIVER FLOWS EAST Cai Chusheng/Zheng Junli, 1947, China The eight or so years leading to the start of the Japanese invasion of China in 1938 are largely considered to be the first Golden Age of Chinese cinema…. Read More »

The VoDFather: 2/11/2012

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MICHAEL CLAYTON (Tony Gilroy, 2007, USA) – Netflix – HD Signalling the emergence of an interesting directorial vision was Michael Clayton, the debut of long time screenwriter Tony Gilroy who crafted a superior mainstream thriller concerning a high-class corporate fixer, played by old gorgeous George Clooney himself, who gets out of his depth when called in to take over from an old mentor who appears to be losing the plot. Years after I’ve watched it,… Read More »

LFF – The Final Word: Ursula Meier

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LFF The Final Word: Ursula Meier. Four years after her successful feature film debut ‘Home’, I had an opportunity to talk with screenwriter and director Ursula Meier at this year’s LFF. She spoke to me a little about her new film Sister and her admiration for actresses Isabelle Huppert and Gillian Anderson, whilst confessing to a little white lie. You have had the fortune to work with Isabelle Huppert on… Read More »

Slim+Dave Ep#6: Young Q

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Review: Silent Hill – Revelation

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After being taken out of the twisted nightmare of Silent Hill, Heather (Adelaide Clemens) and her father Harry (Sean Bean) go on the run for several years, afraid that the a cult from the town will come for her. When her father goes missing, Heather has to return to Silent Hill to confront it, and along with new friend Vincent (Kit Harington), hopes to free her family and herself of the place which had… Read More »

The Optimistic Approach, Can Disney Give Star Wars Back its Wonder?

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A new Star Wars trilogy is announced. The internet melts. As the dust settles and our collective nerd minds re-gather after exploding all over our computer monitors, I think it’s worth the time to look into what, I believe, is a great moment for all Star Wars fans. Think about it, we get all the greatness of Star Wars without the limited talents of Mr Lucas. Of course, this is… Read More »

LFF – The Final Word: Charlie Paul

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For the last fifteen years artist turned filmmaker Charlie Paul has been working on his documentary For No Good Reason. It’s focus has been Charlie’s artistic influence Ralph Steadman, whose art work accompanied Hunter S. Thompson’s writings. For No Good Reason was screened in LFF’s ‘Documentary Competition’. How was making a documentary on Ralph Steadman, an artist who has influenced your own work, both changed your perspective of him, and… Read More »

Review: Call Me Kuchu

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Debates and arguments have always surrounded the homosexual community and no matter where you come from, you will always have religious and non-religious haters. We only recognise these arguments coming from places in America or Europe, it’s hard to imagine a third world country like Uganda worrying about these sorts of issues when it faces far harder times with poverty, war, and crime. However, with a religious country – still… Read More »