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EIFF 2022: The Narrow Road Review

As the world leaves the Coronavirus pandemic behind, it is almost inevitable that it will become the subject of many films. The Narrow Road, a film set in Hong Kong in 2020, is an early entry into this genre. Yet it does not try to tell the story of the pandemic in Hong Kong, or […]

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EIFF 2022: LOLA Review

LOLA opens with white text on a black background that states that the following footage was found in an abandoned Sussex home in 2021 and dates back to the 1940s. The film never breaks the illusion that it is found footage (spoiler: it is not). Shot in handheld black-and-white, it always reminds us that one […]

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EIFF 2022: The Cloud and The Man Review

The Cloud and The Man is a beautiful film. It tells the story of a man’s relationship with a cloud, much as the title would suggest. Yet in a subtle, sensitive way, it weaves a charming narrative of a man lost in the world who finds an emotional connection with a cloud no one else […]

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EIFF 2022: Funny Pages Review

The most immediate sensation you get when you start watching Funny Pages is revulsion. And that is completely intentional. From start to finish, the film is pervaded with a sense of gross-ness that is perfectly captured and conveyed to the audience with squirm-inducing results. This atmosphere – which encompasses every aspect of the filmmaking, from […]

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EIFF 2022: Aftersun Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Some films are hard to summarise when asked “What is it about?” Not necessarily because their plots are mind-bendingly complicated or surreal and fantastical, but rather because they are so simple. Aftersun, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Friday 12th August, is one of those films. So, what is it about? […]

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Review: Munich: The Edge of War

The events of September 1938 at the Munich conference haunt our political culture. ‘Munich’ has become a buzzword synonymous with the appeasement of tyrants – and so has Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister at the time. Widely condemned by posterity for surrendering the Sudetenland (German-speaking parts of Czechoslovakia) to Adolf Hitler at the Munich conference […]

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Spider-Man No Way Home: Marvel Jumps the Shark

Rating: ⭐⭐ Spider-Man: No Way Home opened with promise. Taking off immediately where its predecessor ended, with Peter Parker’s secret identity revealed to the world, it was an energetic start – and an intriguing one. How will Peter Parker cope? Will he pull a Tony Stark and plunge headfirst into the role of famous superhero? […]

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The Tragedy of Macbeth: Shakespeare done right

Shakespeare adaptations are hard to pull off. The early attempts by Laurence Olivier are very close to theatre – with traditional costume, adherence to the original text, and dramatic acting. In a phrase: theatre on film. Other adaptations try to re-invent the plays, in an effort to make them more ‘relevant’ to present-day audiences. The […]