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Month: May 2014

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Bait (3D)

Bait Australia. 2012. Kimble Rendall. This B-movie has the classic elements of a genre film in which humans are the prey (bait) to two great white sharks. Despite awful acting, CGI (the sharks look hilarious) and the outrageously farfetched scenario of this movie, it still serves up a few laughs and thrills for the taking. There is a great tsunami, it floods a supermarket and an underground car park bringing with it an array of sea creatures, including the two great whites; one roams the aisles whilst the other hangs… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Bait (3D)

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Don’t Look Now

Don’t Look Now UK. 1973. Nicolas Roeg. This film leaves a scar deep beneath the surface; Roeg renders the subconscious state of the cinematic with absolute accomplishment. This psychic thriller is about a man’s (John Baxter) overwhelming grief for the death of his daughter and the feelings of guilt that supersede it. John vacates to Venice with his wife Laura to direct the reconstruction of a local church. There is a fine line between the symbolism of religion and death, as the church serves for plenty of John’s deranged fear… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Don’t Look Now

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: The Human Centipede

The Human Centipede: First Sequence Netherlands. 2009. Tom Six. Whenever I reflect on this movie, I feel my inside organs coil and wretch. It truly is sick. Yet what continues to amaze me is Tom Six’s audacious ability to bring his utterly perverted idea to life with such a powerful execution. Not for one moment does this film strike a vocal cord for laughter (often an easy escape route for horror), instead I remained engrossed inside the world of The Human Centipede. This is respectably due to Dieter Laser’s harrowingly… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: The Human Centipede

Shovelling the Screen: Burn After Reading

REVIEW FEATURE Burn After Reading US. 2008. The Coen Brothers What is explicitly farce and largely nonsensical turns out be a brilliant representation of an America stuffed with greed and ignorance, yet this is frightfully accurate and, from the get go, we have all met people like the profligate and covetous characters in this film. It is a screwball comedy, but it is also a tangible thriller in which the Coen’s wield blunt instruments and set in motion the desires and volatility of individuals who all have sex with one… Read more Shovelling the Screen: Burn After Reading

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Eden Lake

Eden Lake UK. 2008. James Watkins. What makes this film so provocative and thrilling is simply because it is believable. Not much is more sincerely disturbing than a group of hooligan kids with nothing else to do than chase around tourists with knives. The concept may sound futile, but the film is excellently constructed (the acting and direction hit all the notes exactly on the mark) and one confrontation drifts effectively into another. But they are just kids! Exactly. If you defend yourself against an aggressive kid you are bound… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Eden Lake

These Directing Tools are Easily Fastened

Simon Phillips along with the Directors Guild of Great Britain has been touring the UK with his “Tools of Directing” workshop. The workshop is a great insight into his work as a directing consultant and illuminates some potentially much overlooked areas of film directing. As an enthusiastic and thoroughly engaging teacher, the four hours zipped by, but the information gained is worth far more. Unfortunately, the workshops have finished their tour (Leeds was the last stop), but nevertheless Simon is a busy man and he will be around again soon.… Read more These Directing Tools are Easily Fastened