Archive for September, 2014

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Scotland Loves Anime 2014

September 9, 2014

Ghost-in-the-Shell

With any hopes of Disney making a 2D feature animation again looking increasingly unlikely, and even SpongeBob SquarePants venturing into CGI territory for a forthcoming movie sequel, it’s primarily left to the East nowadays for more traditional animation to thrive. Returning to Edinburgh and Glasgow this October for a fifth year, the Scotland Loves Anime festival showcases some of the best of contemporary and classic Japanese animation, mostly of the hand-drawn variety, on the big screen where so much of it belongs but is rarely seen by Western audiences (unless it’s another Miyazaki masterpiece picked up by a big distributor)…

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God Help the Girl (Stuart Murdoch, 2014)

September 5, 2014

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There are hints of Jacques Demy aspirations, fashion chic in vein with the Nouvelle Vague, and one can’t help but think of the films of Scotland’s Bill Forsyth (Gregory’s Girl, Comfort and Joy) with the mostly warm tone of God Help the Girl’s use of inner and greater Glasgow. What Murdoch’s film most recalls, however, is the British New Wave of the 1960s, particularly the works of Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night, The Knack …and How to Get It) and John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar; Browning’s Eve even sports a hairstyle for a while that strongly recalls British New Wave regular Rita Tushingham…

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Attila Marcel (Sylvain Chomet, 2013)

September 3, 2014

Attila-Marcel

The last few years have seen some of modern animation’s most acclaimed directors make forays into live action. Notably Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton made the jump from Pixar to, respectively, the Mission: Impossible franchise and John Carter. With Attila Marcel, Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist) follows that same path, albeit with a fairly modest feature in his native France.

Mute piano player Paul (Gouix) lives with his overprotective aunts and longs for his deceased parents, whose exact cause of death when he was an infant has eluded him for decades. He strikes up a friendship with kooky neighbour Madame Proust (Le Ny), whose drugged teas help him explore his memories, while some absurdist, mostly irritating comedy surrounds this main storyline…

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My Month in Films: August 2014

September 2, 2014

Miami-Vice

21 films, 16 first time viewings

Another weak month, due to starting a new job and having to move home… twice. Not actually all that wild about some of the films towards the bottom of that best first time viewing list, but they’re still good.

Best first time viewings
1. Miami Vice (Michael Mann, 2006, USA/Germany/Paraguay/Uruguay)
2. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne, 2014, Belgium/France/Italy)
3. Birth (Jonathan Glazer, 2004, USA/UK/Germany)
4. Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn, 2014, USA/UK)
5. Lucy (Luc Besson, 2014, France)
6. Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener, 2013, USA)
7. God Help the Girl (Stuart Murdoch, 2014, UK)
8. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920, Germany)
9. The Blood on Satan’s Claw (Piers Haggard, 1971, UK)
10. Tombstone (George P. Cosmatos, 1993, USA)

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