Monthly Archives April 2014

Film Review: Chinese Puzzle

CPDirected by Cédric Klapisch

Starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou & Cecile De France

Writer/Director Cedric Klapisch and his Franco-English ensemble cast reteam to tell the next chapter in The Adventures of Xavier in the breezy and fun Chinese Puzzle.

2002’s Pot Luck introduced us to the romantic misadventures of postgraduate student Xavier (Duris) studying in Barcelona, we met up with him again in 2005’s Russian Dolls juggling work and romance in London, Paris and St Petersburg. We return to Xavier and his colourful gallery of friends, lovers, family and colleagues eight years later to find our euro-tripping romantic a fish-out-of-water in New York and in pursuit of his estranged wife (Kelly Reilly).

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DVD Review: Nymphomaniac Volumes 1 & 2

NymphDirected by Lars Von Trier

Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård & Stacy Martin

Lars Von Trier, official persona non grata of the 2011 Cannes film festival, keeps it lively with Nymphomaniac Vols. 1 & 2, out on DVD now. Nearing four hours of nasty sex, jail-baiting nudity and ruminations on the female submissiveness fantasies that have permanently screwed up the porntube generation.

He’s always had a gift for being provocative, but LVT has been slipping into his role as the indie film world’s persona non grata. More and more, his films become eccentricity over everything. Although his trademark zoom-lens-voiyerism is prevalent, the execution suffers at the hand of weirdness. To say Von Trier wrote Nymphomaniac with one hand in his trousers would be an understatement. That other hand was doing unthinkable things.

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DVD Review: Kiss the Water

KTWDirected by Eric Steel

Available on DVD now

I’m a sucker for documentaries, I admit, and I usually like mine weird. Kiss the Water was, however, almost too strange even for me; an ethereal fairy-tale of a film that shifts from talking heads to animation to archive footage in the blink of an eye. Directed and produced by Eric Steel of The Bridge fame, Kiss the Water is a film like few others; part tribute to Megan Boyd, one of the greatest artificial fly makers of all time. Part meditation on fishing, and part mysterious treatise on life itself, this odd little gem sticks in the mind for long afterwards, and like the best of fish flies, stubbornly refuses to dislodge itself.

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Competition: Win My Mad Fat Diary Series 2 on DVD

MMFDSeries 2 of the hit British TV series My Mad Fat Diary is now available to own and you could win the DVD by simply retweeting this tweet. The competition will close on Monday 14th April at 9pm

Excelling in her first major TV role, BAFTA nominated young actress Sharon Rooney returns as protagonist and diary creator Rae, leading a host of talented newcomers including Jodie Comer (Casualty) as popular best friend Chloe, Nico Mirallegro (Spike Island) as heartthrob Finn, Ciara Baxendale (Little Crackers) as kind-hearted Izzy, Dan Cohen (The Last Weekend) as newly gay friend Archie, Jordan Murphy (Shameless) as Chop and also featuring Claire Rushbrook (Whitechapel) as Rae’s embarrassing mother. Check out the trailer below.

Film Review: Rio 2

MV5BMTgzMDczMDYzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzk2MDIwMTE@._V1_SX214_Directed by Carlos Saldanhah

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway & Andy Garcia

Set at New Year, Blu (Eisenberg) Jewel (Hathaway) and their three children are catapulted into a new start as they leave their comfortable lives and head to the Amazon to investigate the rumours that they are not the only ones of their kind left. Blu is thrown completely out of his comfort zone as he struggles to adapt to the wild Amazon lifestyle as well as trying to impress his newly discovered Father-In-Law (Garcia) and stay out of the way of old enemy Nigel (Jemaine Clement).

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Film Review: The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (Will’s Take)

TSCDirected by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

Starring Klaus Tange , Ursula Bedena & Joe Koener

Directors Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani are no strangers to the sensual, sexualised violence of the giallo. Their first feature, Amer, draws heavily from that, and their segment in The ABCs of Death- the distinctive O for Orgasm- is also loosely inspired by that genre. For the uninitiated, the abundance of nasty Art Deco architecture, black leather gloves, and neon lights, might all seem a bit bizarre, but rest assured it’s perfectly normal. Well, as normal as giallo can be. It’s a relatively obscure genre in the UK and USA, but in Italy and to a lesser extent the rest of Europe it was huge in its 70s heyday. Named after cheap yellow detective books, giallo films typically follow a thriller format, and are characterised by high stylisation- think Hitchcock on acid- and hyper-sexualised violence. A typical giallo will feature some dizzying camerawork following a murderer of beautiful women. If this sounds familiar, it might be because the giallo is such a huge influence on the slasher, particularly via Halloween which is basically giallo style applied to a more morally puritanical Middle America outlook.

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Film Review: The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (Ramsey’s Take)

TSCDirected by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

Starring Klaus Tange , Ursula Bedena & Joe Koener

In 2009 Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani pulled of the rare feat of  uniting Art house cineastes and horror movie geeks in shock and delight with their first feature, a love letter to Giallo Horror, Amer. They have now boldly followed it up with the dazzlingly bravura, unapologetically opaque and deliciously titled The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

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Interview: Shane Meadows and Mark Herbert

S & MShane Meadows and Mark Herbert sit down with ScreenGeeksUK to talk about their new short film for Teenage Cancer Trust.

I still remember the first time I was introduced to the working-class rewarding cinema world of Shane Meadows with A Room for Romeo Brass in college. Fifteen years later and he is still making relevant, social commentary on isolated young teenagers and adults. Meadows and his frequent producer Mark Herbert have collaborated on a short film for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that focuses on helping young people with Cancer and other related diseases by providing specialist units in NHS hospitals.The seven-minute film follows the young Amy and Ellie and lets them tell their experiences in a naturalistic documentary style that’s so synonymous Meadows.  You can watch the short film below:

New Trailer: The Drop

Let’s face it – we all miss James Gandolfini. Well here’s something else to cling on to, a new thriller from the director of acclaimed Belgian drama Bullhead and the writer of Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. It will arrive in UK cinemas UK cinemas on November 14th. For now, check out the impressive trailer below.

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