EIFF 2015 – Dope

June 25, 2015

Dir: Rick Famuyiwa You’d be forgiven for thinking Dope is a period piece. It opens with shots of Malcolm’s (Shameik Moore) room, filled with videotapes, a vintage Super Nintendo, Public Enemy posters. Dope also feels like […]

EIFF 2015 – The Violators

June 25, 2015

Dir: Helen Walsh There isn’t a lot of sunshine in grim Brit-flick The Violators. Fifteen year old Shelly lives in a run-down estate with her perpetually wasted older brother Andy, and their younger sibling Jerome. […]

EIFF 2015 – Hector

June 25, 2015

Dir: Jake Gavin It may be surprising that a film about homelessness might be just as uplifting than it is depressing. There will be ample reason to come out of this film feeling grim about […]

EIFF 2015 – Misery Loves Comedy

June 23, 2015

Dir: Kevin Pollack Finally, a movie where comedians get to talk about themselves. Kevin Pollack’s documentary exploring the psyche of stand-up comedians is titled Misery Loves Comedy. From this you’d expect the film to delve deep […]

EIFF 2015 – Welcome to Me

June 21, 2015

Dir: Shira Piven Welcome to Me is a strange one. It’s produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s company Gary Sanchez, and stars Kristen Wiig, but it’s far from a broad comedy. The film revolves […]

EIFF 2015 – Inside Out

June 19, 2015

Dir: Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen When little Riley opens her eyes for the first time, the first emotion that pops into her head isn’t, as you might imagine, panic, or confusion. It is […]

EIFF 2015 – The Legend of Barney Thomson

June 17, 2015

Dir: Robert Carlyle In the opening narration to Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut, Barney Thomson takes great pains to stress how boring he is. As a barber, he is average at best. He has ‘nae chat,’ […]

The Berlinale File

February 18, 2015

Year by year, I’ve somewhat grown a muscle of confidence in understanding how to navigate, behave and extrapolate what I need out of a film festival. Edinburgh (EIFF) having been my prominent testing ground for […]

Why Do They Call It A Wart Hog?

October 31, 2014

  Disclaimer no.1: This original article went up on the UK Huffington Post Blog last week, but it’s probably long forgotten now so you can see it here too.   Disclaimer no.2: The following article […]

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