EIFF 2016: Yoga Hosers Review

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:42

Yoga Hosers marks the second film in writer-director Kevin Smith’s True North trilogy, three loosely connected films that began with 2013’s Tusk and will end with Moose Jaws next year. The series sees Smith return to the kind of small scale, low budget and extremely personal filmmaking that he made his name with in the 90s and while the result is uneven and definitely not for everyone, there’s something infectious about the personal and somewhat ramshackle nature of the film.

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Whether it be his roles in British fare like Snatch, The Damned United and This Is England, or prestigious American epics like Gangs of New York, Public Enemies and HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Stephen Graham has become one of the country's best actors. His latest film, Belfast-set thriller A Patch of Fog, sees Graham play a lonely security guard who becomes obsessed with Conleth Hill's shoplifting author. It's another great performance from Graham and I caught up with him at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival to talk about his new film, weird fan experiences, working with Scorsese and more.

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EIFF 2016: A Patch of Fog Review

Friday, 24 June 2016 21:57

Irish director Michael Lennox – Oscar nominated in 2015 for his short film Boogaloo and Graham – makes his feature debut with A Patch of Fog, a suitably murky Belfast-set thriller. Though the script stretches plausibility in this story of a famous author forced into befriending a lonely security guard, the lead performances and slick direction elevate the material.

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Set to be released on Netflix after a run of festival screenings, Rob Burnett's The Fundamentals of Caring is a warm and hilarious road trip comedy centring on a young disabled man and his new caregiver. Considering they are played by Craig Roberts and Paul Rudd respectively, it's no surprise that both are completely loveable and the film is a delight, thanks in large part to their chemistry.

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A fixture in independent cinema over the past decade, actor Brady Corbet makes his directorial debut with The Childhood of a Leader, and what a powerful debut it is. Dark and atmospheric, the film tells the story of Prescott (Tom Sweet), a young boy growing up in France after the first world war who, as the title suggests, will grow into an important figure in the years to come.

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EIFF 2016: Moon Dogs Review

Monday, 20 June 2016 22:19

Phillip John's Moon Dogs tells a familiar coming of age story as two step-brothers make their way from Shetland to Glasgow, picking up an attractive young lady on the way who helps both of them find themselves. It sounds like a clichéd American indie fresh out of Sundance but the Celtic twist and endearing trio of performances give the film a certain level of freshness.

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EIFF 2016: Maggie's Plan Review

Friday, 17 June 2016 20:28

The quirky collection of Brooklyn hipsters and verbose intellectuals at the centre of Maggie's Plan – the fifth feature from writer/director Rebecca Miller – immediately calls to mind the likes of Noah Baumbach and late-period Woody Allen. But Miller's film is far from a predictable retread, exploring ideas of control and destiny in a film that surprises and delights in its reluctance to settle easily into one genre.

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EIFF 2016: The Model Review

Thursday, 16 June 2016 23:09

Mads Matthiesen's dark drama The Model is both a seedy Eurotrash thriller and a damning indictment of the fashion industry as Emma (Maria Palm) moves from rural Denmark to France to try and make her way in Paris' cut-throat modelling world.

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