Ghostbusters Review

Sunday, 17 July 2016 22:52

Updating a series as beloved as Ghostbusters is always going to be met with scepticism but the ire that Paul Feig's reboot has inspired is unprecedented; could that have anything to do with Feig's decision to cast four funny women as his leads? Hmm. However, after 18 months of controversy, it's refreshing to actually be able to discuss the movie itself and the good news is Feig has delivered a massively enjoyable slice of summer blockbuster entertainment.


EIFF 2016: Kids in Love Review

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 22:05

Chris Foggin’s feature debut Kids in Love is a film so light and flimsy, it feels like it might float away in the gentle breeze caressing its characters – a group of insufferable trust-fund kids – as they saunter through an idyllic, hipsters-paradise version of London. With more money than they need, unlimited options and problems any ordinary person would wish for, not only is it hard to root for these kids, it’s difficult to even spend 90 minutes with them.


EIFF 2016: Becoming Zlatan Review

Sunday, 10 July 2016 22:29

In a summer when footballing superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made headlines for retiring from international football after Sweden crashed out of Euro 2016 and sealing a big move to Manchester United, Fredrik and Magnus Gertten’s biodoc Becoming Zlatan feels very timely. Like a superhero origin story, the film focuses on the early days of Zlatan’s club career, using a mix of archive footage and fresh talking heads to get a handle on this uniquely charismatic player.


EIFF 2016: Shepherds and Butchers Review

Saturday, 09 July 2016 22:43

In apartheid-era South Africa, where unprecedented numbers of people were executed, the hangmen were both shepherds and butchers, caring for the prisoners one day and pulling the lever the next. The mental toll that can take on a person is at the centre of Shepherds and Butchers, the new courtroom drama from South African helmer Oliver Schmitz.


Since her directorial debut in 1995, Rebecca Miller has built up a quietly impressive CV as both a writer and director. Her latest film, smart dramedy Maggie’s Plan, was one of the many highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Miller was on hand to discuss the film, her casting process and Bruce Springsteen…


EIFF 2016: The Fits Review

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 22:06

Though it's premise – a young girl swaps the boxing gym for a dance troupe – sounds pretty straightforward, Anna Rose Holmer's directorial debut The Fits is a film unlike any other. It's quiet and minimal and brief – running only 72 minutes – yet feels like there is so much going on and so many possible interpretations of it all.


EIFF 2016: Bliss! Review

Monday, 04 July 2016 22:37

Making a film is undoubtedly a difficult task, with so much time, effort and money going into bringing together so many moving parts in a way that results in a coherent and compelling story. It is no doubt doubly difficult on a low budget and someone should be commended for even managing to make a film at all, particularly a feature film. All of this is of course a prelude to a bad review and, as much as it’s never fun to give a small film a kicking, Rita Osei’s Bliss! is a bizarre and unfortunate film that doesn’t work on any level.


Undoubtedly, the star of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival was Kevin Smith. The writer/director, here with his new film Yoga Hosers, was an amiable presence at a number of events during his time in the city and was always more than happy to take the time to chat with fans about any number of topics. His penchant for chatting actually became a feature of the festival as every event where he was due to speak ran wildly overtime, with his 90-minute In Person event turning into a three-hour-long epic.