Glasgow Film Fest – A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson, 2014)

When you look in the mirror, what is it that you see? Disappointment in physical aspects of yourself and perhaps a little regret? Maybe you begin to realise that you’re not the person you thought you really were. If you’re looking for clarity, seek Roy Andersson’s conclusion to his trilogy on the human condition. With deep rooted disappointment More...

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By Douglas James Greenwood On Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Glasgow Film Fest – Blind (Eskil Vogt, 2014)

Blind, the impressive debut feature from Norway’s Eskil Vogt feels both confident and accomplished from the start, guiding you through a small group of characters that become so tightly intertwined, it becomes More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Glasgow Film Fest – Tales of the Grim Sleeper (Nick Broomfield, 2014)

Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield is no stranger to the hectic, hedonistic world of American crime. Known for his intimate portrayals of the prolific Floridian female serial killer Aileen Wuornos, he now points More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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TER in Conversation with Chiara D’Anna – the star of the Duke of Burgundy

Last week, box office records were shattered with the release of the turgid Fifty Shades of Grey – a nonsensical cinematic depiction of dominance within sexual relationships. Just a week later, there is a film More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
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Glasgow Film Fest 2015 – Memphis (Tim Sutton, 2013)

In amongst the airy, ethereal atmosphere of Tim Sutton’s Memphis, there lies promise. An idea that could make this film work in a sort of bizarre amalgamation of Beasts of the Southern Wild and Gummo. Both of More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Saturday, February 14th, 2015
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Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2015)

Echoed breaths and riding crops; stylish nudity and a submissive woman – the caustic ingredients for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s cinematic adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. Let’s not pretend we had More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Saturday, February 14th, 2015
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The Edinburgh Reporter in Conversation with James Ward Byrkit, the director of Coherence

On a warm night in June at the Edinburgh Film Festival, I sat down, admittedly shattered, to watch a film I hadn’t heard much about. I knew it was supposedly science fiction, and I knew that the concept sounded More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
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Glasgow Film Festival 2015: Still Alice (2015)

There isn’t a critics circle or academy around that have doubted the heart rending latest performance from Julianne Moore. The American actress has, deservedly so, spent the past few months picking up award More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
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Glasgow Film Festival 2015 – Monsters: Dark Continent (Tom Green, 2015)

When Monsters was released almost five years ago, it received such high praise that Warner Brothers practically gave director Gareth Edwards the opportunity to succeed it with the 2014 Godzilla reboot. But as the More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Friday, January 30th, 2015
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Review – On DVD/Blu-Ray: If I Stay (R.J. Cutler, 2014)

‘Teen weepies’ are so prevalent nowadays they have almost become a genre of their own. When the manic John Green fans screamed to the holy heavens at the release of The Fault in Our Stars, it was no More...