Archive for October, 2013


Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor, 2013)

October 30, 2013

Thor - The Dark World

In a flashback sequence that opens the Marvel brand’s latest superhero sequel, we discover how Thor’s grandfather, Bor, previously conquered the enemy whose quest for revenge will propel The Dark World’s narrative. In an unfortunate coincidence, a good portion of the film that follows can be described with a word that sounds exactly like that ancestor’s name…

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The White Dove (František Vláčil, 1960)

October 23, 2013


Before Kes, Czech master František Vláčil’s 1960 feature debut The White Dove told of another young boy caring for a prized bird, here a carrier pigeon intended for a small island in the Baltic sea that gets lost in Prague along the way…

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They Shot Pictures #20: Shinji Sōmai

October 5, 2013


I joined some nice folk on the latest episode of the auteur profile podcast They Shot Pictures. At my suggestion, we discussed the work of the very much underseen and overlooked Japanese director Shinji Sōmai, focusing on three films in particular: Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (1981), Typhoon Club (1985) and Moving (1993). Part of the episode’s intent is to expose awareness of the filmmaker to a wider audience, so the podcast is well worth listening to even if you haven’t seen a single one of his films.

Stream the episode here.
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Sunshine on Leith (Dexter Fletcher, 2013)

October 3, 2013

Sunshine on Leith

The Proclaimers’ back catalogue makes a fine backbone for this largely fun, nicely sincere and well-staged musical. Director Dexter Fletcher deftly handles the balance between the more cutting touches of some of the Reid brothers’ lyrics and the contrived, softer sentiment of the surrounding storyline. He gets particularly effective turns out of Mullan and Horrocks as the parents of an adrift squaddie (George MacKay) who’s returning home from a tour in Afghanistan with his best mate (Kevin Guthrie), in a tale of love, disappointment, bruised egos and the act of adapting, set against the backdrop of Scotland’s capital…

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My Month in Films: September 2013

October 1, 2013


34 films, 29 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. The Big City (Satyajit Ray, 1963, India)
2. Plein soleil (René Clément, 1960, France/Italy)
3. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971, USA)
4. Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, 2013, USA)
5. Je, tu, il, elle (Chantal Akerman, 1976, France/Belgium)
6. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin, 1957, USA)
7. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen, 2013, USA)
8. Detour (Edward G. Ulmer, 1945, USA)
9. Museum Hours (Jem Cohen, 2012, Austria/USA)
10. We Are What We Are (Jim Mickle, 2013, USA) Read the rest of this entry ?