Friday, March 28, 2014

Weekly Film Round-up – Friday 28th March, 2014

Film of the Week: Captain America: The Winter Soldier



Total films seen so far this year: 97
Films seen in the last week: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (again), Muppets Most Wanted, The Borderlands, Dangerous Acts, The Fold, A Thousand Times Goodnight

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me) 

There are twelve new films out this week, though two of them (The Legend of Hercules and Almost Married) weren't screened for press and I didn't manage to see Leave The World Behind. Of the twelve new releases, a whopping six of them have made it into this week's Top Ten. They include: Marvel's superhero sequel (though it works as a stand-alone thriller) Captain America: The Winter Soldier, writer-director Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to A Separation, The Past (starring The Artist's Bereniece Bejo and A Prophet's Tahar Rahim), Finnish documentary My Stuff, Muppet sequel Muppets Most Wanted, British found-footage horror The Borderlands and Oscar-winning backing singers documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. I will also put in good words for both Veronica Mars and The Zero Theorem, both of which are likely to disappear from their single venues very soon. A full round-up of this week's releases appears after the Top Ten below.

1) The Grand Budapest Hotel
2) Under the Skin
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4) The Past
5) Starred Up
6) The Borderlands
7) Veronica Mars
8) Labour Day
9) My Stuff
10) 20 Feet From Stardom


This week's new releases in full:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (4 stars)


Hugely enjoyable sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, who teams up with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and mechanical-winged agent The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to take on mysterious assassin The Winter Soldier (identity a SPOILER) and a high-level conspiracy with a deadly master-plan. My review for The List is here.


The Past (4 stars)


French drama, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, starring Ali Mosaffa as an Iranian man who returns to France when his separated wife (Berenice Bejo) asks him for a divorce so she can move on with her new partner (Tahar Rahim). My review for ViewLondon is here.


My Stuff (four stars)


Finnish documentary directed by Petri Luukainen, who decides he has too much stuff in his life so he locks away every single one of his possessions in storage and restricts himself to retrieving just one item a day for a year. My ViewLondon review of it is here.

Bonus feature! Interview with My Stuff director Petri Luukainen: Interview with My Stuff director Petri Luukainnen.


Muppets Most Wanted (four stars)


Follow-up to 2011's hugely successful reboot The Muppets, in which Kermit and company face the tricky decision of what to do for the sequel. The opening song (”We're Doing A Sequel”) acknowledges the difficulty they're facing (“Everyone knows the sequel's never quite as good”) and so it proves, though there are more than enough gags, songs, celebrity cameos and general Muppet mayhem to keep fans happy. The plot (suggested during the aforementioned song) is that the Muppets embark on a World Tour after employing new manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais). However, once they reach Berlin, Kermit is kidnapped and replaced by Constantine, the World's Most Dangerous Frog, who is working in cahoots with Dominic in a series of Da Vinci Code-style heists aimed at stealing the Crown Jewels. And once Constantine and Dominic have pulled off their first robbery, the Muppets find themselves under investigation by Sam the Eagle and Clouseau-like Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell). Meanwhile, Kermit is shipped off to a Russian gulag run by Nadya (Tina Fey) and ends up directing fellow prisoners Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo and Jemaine Clement in the annual Gulag Revue. With most of the same team from The Muppets on board (director James Bobin, co-writer Nicholas Stoller, songwriter Bret McKenzie), this does at least deliver the goods in terms of its high gag rate (both verbal and visual) and musical numbers – fans of Flight of the Conchords should note that the songs are even more Conchord-like this time round, with Interrogation Song and I'll Get You What You Want (Cocktaoo in Malibu) standing out as particular highlights. Similarly, Ty Burrell and Sam The Eagle make an enjoyable double act and there are lots of good throwaway jokes, such as a line about comedy heists never working, a subtle reference to the original Muppet movie sequel, 1981's The Great Muppet Caper. Things get trickier with Ricky Gervais, whose constant mugging and grimacing wears thin very quickly, while the constant stream of celebrity cameos is so ridiculous (many of them, like Tom Hiddleston and Saoirse Ronan, don't even have any lines) that you strongly suspect that's actually the joke. (That said, it's worth it for moments like “And now, Christoph Waltz dances the Waltz!”). On top of that, it's probably fair to say that the film is a little too long at 113 minutes and some of the gulag stuff could easily have been cut, as should a terrible CGI effect at the end of the film that reunites all the film's cameos.


The Borderlands (four stars)


Written and directed by Elliot Goldner, The Borderlands is a found-footage British horror (no, wait, come back, etc) set in a remote West Country village. Gordon Kennedy (best known as a comedic actor) plays world-weary Deacon, a Vatican investigator sent to look into claims of a miracle at a dilapidated mediaeval church. He's accompanied by blokey techie Gray (Ben Wheatley's collaborator Robin Hill, best known for his role in Down Terrace) and, eventually, by his sanctimonious boss Mark (Aidan McArdle). Gray's job is to set up recording equipment all over both the church and their base (a nearby house), as well as to ensure that all three men wear their camera headsets at all times, the footage presumably transmitting to a hard drive, hence the eventual finding of the footage. The script is excellent, successfully combining the scariest elements of The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and The Descent without ever feeling derivative; there's also a darkly funny streak running throughout that's reminiscent of Wheatley's Kill List. The performances are equally good: Kennedy and Hill make an effective double act and their gradually softening relationship is nicely handled, while there's strong support from Luke Neal as troubled local vicar Father Crellick. Similarly, Goldner's direction is assured throughout, expertly building tension until its brilliantly creepy and frankly terrifying finale. Superb location work too.


20 Feet From Stardom (four stars)


Morgan Neville's Oscar-winning documentary focuses on the female backing singers to some of rock's greatest hits, from Ike and Tina Turner's River Deep Moutain High to The Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter to David Bowie's Young Americans. Many of the singers have been a key factor in some of the most famous songs of all time, yet their contribution to rock history has gone largely unacknowledged (it's Merry Clayton who sings “Rape! Murder! Is just a shot away...” on Gimme Shelter, by the way, and the sequence with Mick Jagger recounting how he first heard her sing that is one of the highlights of the film). Neville's film includes candid interviews with the likes of Darlene Love, Táta Vega, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer and their stories are equally heart-warming and upsetting, since many of the women also tried and failed to find success as solo artists. This leads to a number of intriguing questions about talent, passion, the nature of the industry and finding your place as a musical artist – it's heart-breaking to hear Tata Vega (who sang with Madonna, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, among others) reveal how she's repeatedly turned away from auditions for being too fat or too old, for example. That said, the tone of the film is largely positive overall, celebrating both the women themselves and their extraordinary voices. Incidentally, this would make a great double-bill with Muscle Shoals, another excellent recent music doc that took a similar approach to the session musicians at the Muscle Shoals studio.


The Fold (three stars)


Low-budget British drama starring Catherine McCormack as Rebecca Ashton, a priest who moves to a small Cornish village with her teenage daughter Eloise (Dakota Blue Richards). Struggling to cope with the recent death of Eloise's older sister, Rebecca becomes fixated with improving the life of self-harming migrant worker Radka (Marina Stoimenova), who clearly reminds her of her lost daughter. However, Radka has emotional problems of her own. This is a superbly acted drama (McCormack is terrific as Rebecca) with a strong sense of place and well-meaning points to make about grief and obsession, though the conclusion is slightly underwhelming and Richard's character is curiously underwritten throughout. Worth seeing though.


Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements Of Belarus (three stars)

New York-based filmmaker Madeleine Sackler directs this urgent and moving documentary about the eight members of the underground Belarus Free Theatre troupe, who are dedicated to protesting against the dictatorship of “President” Alexander Lukashenko, despite the constant threat of arrest or police raids. Eventually, the members of the group leave the country and take their provocative act to Manhattan, via an award-winning show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with some members choosing to remain in exile while others return. This is an engaging film that's by turns moving, inspirational and genuinely shocking. There's also a touching cameo of sorts by Philip Seymour Hoffman at the end.



Afternoon Delight (four stars)


Enjoyable US comedy starring Kathryn Hahn as a frustrated wife and mother who hires a stripper (Juno Temple) as a live-in nanny. I agree with Jennie Tate's ViewLondon review of it here.


Also released:

Almost Married (not screened for press)
Leave The World Behind (not seen)
The Legend of Hercules (not screened for press)


There now follows the weekly plea to See Smaller Films First (#SSFF). If you are planning on seeing The Borderlands, My Stuff, The Past, The Fold, Dangerous Acts, Afternoon Delight or 20 Feet From Stardom this week, then please, please, please, PLEASE see them this weekend as smaller films need opening weekend support to survive and the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Muppets Most Wanted will be around for several weeks yet.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weekly Film Round-up: Friday 21st March, 2014

Film of the Week: Starred Up

Total films seen so far this year: 91
Films seen in the last week: Oh! What a Lovely War, Battle Beyond the Stars (again), About Last Night, The Unknown Known

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me) 

There are twelve new films out this week, though one of them (The Robber) wasn't screened for press and I didn't manage to see G.B.F., Peter Gabriel Back to Front or Salvo. Of the twelve new releases, three of them have made it into this week's Top Ten. They include: David Mackenzie's British prison drama Starred Up (starring Jack O'Connell), Ivan Reitman's drama Labour Day (starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin) and Svengali, a charming British comedy starring Jonny Owen as a hopelessly optimistic wannabe music promoter. I will also put in a good word for both Errol Morris' The Unknown Known and French fashion designer biopic Yves Saint Laurent. I would also urge you to see Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem this week, as it had a terrible first week and is likely to disappear from cinemas very soon. A full round-up of this week's releases appears after the Top Ten below.

1) The Grand Budapest Hotel
2) Under the Skin
3) Inside Llewyn Davis
4) Starred Up
5) Stranger By The Lake
6) The Zero Theorem
7) Veronica Mars
8) Labour Day
9) The Lego Movie  
10) Svengali


This week's new releases in full:

Starred Up (four stars)


Gripping and sharply written British prison drama, directed by David Mackenzie and starring Jack O'Connell as a violent young offender transferred to an adult jail where his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn) is also incarcerated. ViewLondon review here.


Labour Day (four stars)


Emotionally engaging drama, directed by Jason Reitman and based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, starring Kate Winslet as a depressed single mother living with her 13 year-old son (Gattlin Griffith), who harbours a wounded fugitive (Josh Brolin) they meet in the supermarket. ViewLondon review here.


Svengali (three stars)


Enjoyable British comedy based on the cult Welsh internet series. Jonny Owen (who also wrote the screenplay and created the series) stars as warm-hearted Welshman Dixie, a wannabe music promoter who heads to London with his girlfriend Shell (Vicky McClure) in order to persuade the members of a band (Michael Socha, Dylan Edwards, Joel Fry and Curtis Thompson as The Premature Congratulations) he's seen on YouTube to let him become their manager. The film is a lot of fun, largely because Owen's Dixie is such an infectiously enthusiastic and effortlessly charming character. There's also palpable chemistry between Owen and McClure (chemistry that translated into their real-life relationship) and strong comic support from the likes of Michael Smiley, Matt Berry (very funny) and Martin Freeman, though your mileage may vary on Katy Brand's comedy Ukrainian landlady. In addition, the savvy script delivers lots of decent laughs and there's some commendably accurate location work to boot. Indeed, the only real problems are that a) the film cops out of letting us actually hear the band's music, and b) McClure's character is shunted offscreen for too long in the middle section.


About Last Night (three stars)


A remake of Edward Zwick's 1986 romantic drama, itself an adaptation of David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, although Mamet had no hand in the script. Kevin Hart plays inveterate woman-chaser Bernie, whose best friend Danny (Michael Ealy) reluctantly tags along as his wing-man during bar crawls, even though he's still not over his ex-girlfriend (Paula Patton). However, when Bernie has a second date with his latest conquest Joan (Regina Hall), Danny ends up bonding with Joan's introverted roommate Debbie (Joy Bryant) and the pair begin a relationship. As Danny and Debbie's relationship goes from strength to strength, Bernie and Joan's fizzles out and descends into bitter slanging matches whenever they're forced to hang out together. However, both Danny and Debbie start to wonder if they've moved too fast and the reappearance of Danny's ex threatens to split them apart. My tolerance for Kevin Hart's brand of motor-mouthed comedy is lower than most, but he's on moderately amusing form here and the film does throw out the occasionally amusing off-the-wall moment (chicken costume sex – is that a thing?). Similarly, Hall is good value and Patton's cameo is fun, but it's hard to care too much about Ealy and Bryant, as they're both rather mopey. On top of that, while the script retains the original film's Mametian commitment to foul-mouthed dialogue, the film-makers have made the curious decision to strip away the only thing anyone remembers the 1986 film for, notably the copious and explicit for the time sex scenes.


Yves Saint Laurent (three stars)


The first of two French biopics about the fashion designer, directed by Jalil Lespert. Beginning in 1958, with young Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney) already making a name for himself under Christian Dior, the film chronicles his rise to fame and fortune, through setting up his own couture house and the establishment of his pret-a-porter collections. However, much of the film's focus is on Yves' relationship with Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne), who became his business partner and long-term boyfriend and was a loyal, supportive and patient presence throughout Yves battles with coke addiction, anxiety and depression. Niney and Gallienne are both superb and the film looks gorgeous, thanks to some stunning production design work and an obvious devotion to detail in the costume department. However, the film suffers somewhat because it ends up painting Yves as a largely unsympathetic character (Gallienne's character narrates the film), so the overriding impression is of Berge waiting until his lover is dead until he can properly tell his side of the story. Similarly, there are some frustrating gaps in the script – a bit of background on Yves' childhood and initial interest in fashion design wouldn't have gone amiss, for example, while the ending feels rather arbitrary.  


The Unknown Known (three stars)

Director Errol Morris won a Best Documentary Oscar for 2003's The Fog of War, in which he interviewed former US Secretary of Defence Robert S. McNamara, eliciting illuminating and fascinating commentary on World War II, the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam and so on. The Unknown Known attempts the same trick with Donald Rumsfeld, but it's neither as engaging nor as satisfying, largely because Morris gives his subject too easy a ride in person, preferring to score his points by intercutting video evidence that contradicts what Rumsfeld is saying (e.g. Rumsfeld declares no-one in the Bush administration ever hinted that Saddam Hussein was implicated in 9/11 and then Morris cuts to Rumseld indicating exactly that at a press conference). The film uses Rumsfeld's multitude of internal memos (or, as he calls them, “snowflakes”) as a jumping off point for discussions on 9/11, the Iraq War, the targeting of Saddam Hussein, Abu Ghraib and a number of other subjects, but Rumsfeld barely scratches the surface of what's already part of the official record and Morris never forces him to dig any deeper. That said, the section of the film on Rumsfeld's early life and career is interesting (1960s / 1970s Rumsfeld bears an uncanny resemblance to Mad Men's Don Draper), particularly his time under Nixon (with uncanny prescience he got out just before the Watergate scandal broke and there's a Nixon tape where Nixon and his cronies discuss whether Rumsfeld would be prepared to “go down with the ship”), as well as the thwarting of his obvious ambition to become President, when Reagan chose Bush over Rumsfeld as his running mate in 1980. Overall, Rumsfeld comes across as a likeable, intelligent and often charming presence, but you can't shake the feeling that that's a carefully constructed facade that Morris fails to crack.

The Machine (two stars)


Low budget British sci-fi thriller starring Toby Stephens as a military robot designer whose assistant Ava (Caity Lotz) becomes the model for a new form of artificial intelligence. Despite strong performances and an admirable use of its limited financial resources (almost the entire film takes place in concrete bunkers), this never really came together for me. As an actor, Stephens is so cold and emotionless that he might as well be playing one of the robots, though Lotz is good value in her dual roles as Ava and Robot Ava. There are also some nice allusions to films like Blade Runner and Metropolis, but the limited setting eventually becomes claustrophobic and I found the whole thing frustratingly repetitive in places. That said, it's definitely worth a look if you like that sort of thing and it will be interesting to see what writer-director Caradog W. James comes up with when someone hands him a bigger budget.


A Long Way Down (one star)


Comedy, adapted from the 2005 novel by Nick Hornby, starring Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul and Toni Collette as four strangers who meet at a famous London suicide spot and make a pact to support each other. One of the worst films of the year. ViewLondon review here.

Also released:

Peter Gabriel Back to Front (not seen)
The Robber (not seen)
Salvo (not seen)
G.B.F. (not seen)


There now follows the weekly plea to See Smaller Films First (#SSFF). If you are planning on seeing Svengali, The Unknown Known, Yves Saint Laurent, The Machine, The Robber, Salvo, GBF or Peter Gabriel Back To Front this week, then please, please, please, PLEASE see them this weekend as smaller films need opening weekend support to survive and the likes of Under the Skin and Need for Speed will be around for several weeks.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Weekly Film Round-up: Friday 14th March, 2014

Film of the Week: Under the Skin (review below)

Total films seen so far this year: 87
Films seen in the last week: Need For Speed (3D), Back to the Garden, The Two Faces of January, Under the Skin (again), Veronica Mars, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, Belle, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Frank

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me) 

There are ten new films out this week, though one of them (Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood) wasn't screened for press and I didn't manage to see Plot for Peace. A full round-up of this week's releases appears after the Top Ten below. Of the ten new releases, three of them have made it into the Top Ten. They include: Jonathan Glazer's mysterious and hypnotic Under the Skin (which is unlike anything you'll see all year), Terry Gilliam's sci-fi drama The Zero Theorem (which has had bafflingly little publicity compared to Under the Skin) and the big screen revival of girl detective TV show Veronica Mars, which is also available to download from today. I'll also put in a good word for Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne and Irish comedy The Stag.

1) The Grand Budapest Hotel
2) Under the Skin
3) Inside Llewyn Davis
4) The Wolf of Wall Street
5) Stranger By The Lake
6) The Zero Theorem
7) Veronica Mars
8) Dallas Buyers Club
9) The Lego Movie
10) 300: Rise of an Empire


This week's new releases in full:

Under the Skin (five stars)


Jonathan Glazer's haunting and hypnotic sci-fi thriller, based on the novel by Michael Faber, starring Scarlett Johansson as a mysterious alien seductress preying upon men as she cruises the streets of Glasgow in a white van. Review on ViewLondon here.


The Zero Theorem (four stars)


Sci-fi drama directed by Terry Gilliam and set in a distant, tech-obsessed future, starring Christoph Waltz as a depressed number-cruncher tasked with discovering the meaning of existence. A return to at least mid-level form for Gilliam, I'm saying. ViewLondon review here.


Veronica Mars (four stars)

Writer-director Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell's ' Kickstarter-funded big screen revival of their cancelled-after-three-seasons girl detective TV show is a hugely enjoyable thriller that will delight fans of the series without alienating newcomers. Picking up in the present day rather than forcing the no-longer-teenage cast to pretend it's still 2007, the film sees Veronica (Bell) returning to her hometown of Neptune, California when ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) is accused of murder. The script is knowing and witty (there are several enjoyable in-jokes and references if you're a fan of the show), capturing the TV show's high school noir appeal while still delivering a satisfying mystery. The cast are terrific too, with pretty much everyone from the TV show making a reappearance in some capacity or other, as well as a couple of enjoyable cameos it would be unfair to spoil here. My personal favourite moment: a rather sweet shout-out to the 1970s Nancy Drew TV show that only a small handful of people are likely to spot. As much as I would love the film to achieve box-office success, it's only fair to say that it does play like a feature-length episode and as such, will lose nothing on the small screen, which should work out well for Warner Bros, as it's being simultaneously released on digital platforms.


The Rocket (four stars)


Enjoyable coming-of-age tale from writer-director Kim Mordaunt, set in rural Laos, where ten year-old Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) and his family are forced to leave their village to make way for an electricity-generating dam. Ahlo's problems don't end there, as he's also dogged by bad luck, which his superstitious grandmother is convinced is the result of a curse after Ahlo's twin brother died at birth. When he meets fellow refugee Kia (Loungnam Kaosainam) and her James Brown-loving Uncle Purple (Thep Phongam), Ahlo finds a new purpose in his life and sets out to win the cash prize offered for a homemade rocket-launching contest, providing his lifelong bad luck streak doesn't get him blown up in the process. This is a shade darker than the usual feelgood fare, which adds an engaging level of tension and unpredictability throughout. In addition, the setting and characters are refreshingly original and Mordaunt gets great performances from his young non-professional cast.


Suzanne (four stars)



French drama directed by Katell Quillévéré. I agree with Jennie Tate's ViewLondon review of it here.


The Stag (three stars)



Enjoyable Irish comedy about a stag-do. My ViewLondon review is here. Interview with star Peter McDonald here.


Need For Speed (three stars)


Scott Waugh's videogame adaptation is utter nonsense from beginning to end, but it delivers a decent amount of fun and, I have to say, I found it less bloated (even at 130 minutes) and self-satisfied than the recent entries in the Fast & Furious franchise. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul stars as Tobey Marshall, a petrolhead who participates in illegal races for cash. When he finds himself embroiled in a vicious rivalry with leather-clad millionaire Dino (Dominic Cooper), a tragedy ensues, leaving Tobey doing jail time for the time-honoured Crime He Did Not Commit. Upon his release he hooks up with British car expert Julia (Imogen Poots, who also co-stars with Paul in next week's truly dreadful A Long Way Down) and his team of assistants (one of whom, weirdly, bears a strong resemblance to Dominic Cooper) and challenges Dino in a winner-takes-all street race run by eccentric billionaire Monarch (Michael Keaton). The plot makes no sense whatsoever (e.g. Monarch is supposedly anonymous, yet broadcasts the race from a webcam where you clearly see his face; Tobey's conviction suggests he must have hired the world's worst legal team, etc) and some of the supporting cast are extremely annoying (Scott Mescudi's Benny in particular), but Paul makes a solid lead and Poots is a lot of fun as Julia, delivering a performance that is better than the film really deserves. On top of that, with the exception of the badly directed first competition (where you can't tell where anyone is in relation to each other), the racing sequences are decently paced and deliver the requisite thrills, with Waugh doing a good job of ensuring that they're not too repetitive. That said, they do rather scrape the barrel a bit when it comes to excuses for action sequences, most notably in a ridiculous scene where they have to refuel while on the move in order to “save time”, so everyone risks their lives instead of taking five minutes to stop at a petrol station. Okay, strictly speaking, this is a two-and-a-half rather than a three, but I always round up, so three it is.


Back to the Garden (two stars)

Director Jon Sanders' follow-up to 2012's Late September is a dismal British drama about a group of sixty-something friends reuniting to commemorate the death of an inspirational theatre director. With a script largely improvised by the cast, it has the occasional moment (notably in some candid relections on death and loss), but none of the characters feel like real people, or at least, like real people you can actually care about and the end result is rather underwhelming.

Plot for Peace (not seen)

Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood (not screened for press)


There now follows the weekly plea to See Smaller Films First (#SSFF). If you are planning on seeing The Rocket, Suzanne, Back to the Garden or Plot for Peace this week (and arguably Veronica Mars and The Zero Theorem too, though they have Warner Bros and Sony behind them respectively), then please, please, please, PLEASE see them this weekend as smaller films need opening weekend support to survive and the likes of Under the Skin and Need for Speed will both be around for several weeks.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Weekly Film Round-up – Friday 7th March, 2014

Film of the Week: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Total films seen so far this year: 78
Films seen in the last week: The Lunchbox, Before The Winter Chill, Calvary, Zero Charisma, The Red Robin, Metalhead, Black Angel (short, not counted in total), Love Is The Perfect Crime, Proxy, Unforgiven, A Street in Palermo, Video Nasties: Draconian Days, The Scribbler, Mary Queen of Scots, Concussion, 300: Rise of an Empire, Bullet, L'Eclisse, The Invisible War, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me) 

There are six new films out this week (seven if you count Bollywood releases, nine if you also count rereleases), though two of them were not screened for press, so I haven't seen either Paranoia or Escape From Planet Earth. Also, it's worth noting that The Invisible War isn't actually released until Tuesday. Anyway, of those six new films, three of them have made it into the top ten. They include: Wes Anderson's wonderful The Grand Budapest Hotel (see review link below), harrowing documentary The Invisible War, about rape in the US military and 300: Rise of an Empire (aka 302: 300 On Boats), the sequel to Zack Snyder's 2007 hit 300. A full round-up of this week's releases appears after the Top Ten below.

1) The Grand Budapest Hotel
2) Inside Llewyn Davis
3) The Wolf of Wall Street
4) Stranger By The Lake
5) American Hustle
6) Dallas Buyers Club
7) The Lego Movie
8) The Invisible War
9) Her
10) 300: Rise of an Empire

This week's new releases in full:

The Grand Budapest Hotel (five stars)


Wes Anderson's wonderful new comedy. Review on ViewLondon here.

300: Rise of an Empire (three stars)


Reviewed for The List. Link to follow. Short version: a lot more fun than the first film, thanks to a fantastically bonkers performance from Eva Green. Only slight problem: you end up siding with Eva Green over the rather boring Greeks. Also, more films should open with a shot of a dead Gerard Butler, if you ask me.

Bullet (one star)

Trashy Danny Trejo action thriller, will be on DVD by Monday. Reviewed for The List here.

The Invisible War (four stars)

Powerfully emotional, RAGE-inducing documentary exposing the epidemic of rape in the military. Director Kirby Dick makes a strong point early on by including a montage of heart-breaking accounts of rape from dozens of interviewed victims and establishing a grim pattern: the victim involved was proud to wear the uniform, thought of her fellow soldiers / Marines / coast guards etc as brothers, was raped by a fellow officer or superior and then was somehow blamed for the attack while the assailant went unpunished. (On at least two occasions, a victim incredulously states that they were charged with adultery, even though they weren't married and their rapist was). The statistics are genuinely shocking (some 20% of female veterans have reported being raped while enlisted and that's just the ones who report it) and the accounts are deeply upsetting, not least because it's obvious just how deeply the experience has affected their lives (many of the women experience PTSD on a higher level than soldiers returning from Iraq). Indeed, the only real problem with the film is that it doesn't seek to address the causes, though it does expose the jaw-dropping inadequacy of the “rape prevention” strategies currently employed by the military, in scenes that would be laugh-out-loud funny if they weren't so utterly depressing.


Paranoia (not seen)

Escape From Planet Earth (not seen)

Normally at this point I would do the time-honoured plea to See Smaller Films First (#SSFF), but the only applicable release this week is The Invisible War, which isn't out until Tuesday anyway. So I'll save that for next week.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Glasgow Film Festival Review: The Double

The Double                              15 (tbc)                               Four out of five stars

Director: Richard Ayoade
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Yasmin Paige, Cathy Moriarty, Phyllis Somerville, James Fox, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Tony Rohr, Susan Blommaert, Jon Korkes, Tim Key, Lloyd Woolf, Lydia Ayoade, Sally Hawkins, J. Mascis, Christopher Morris, Chris O'Dowd, Craig Roberts, Kierston Wareing.
Running time: 92 mins



Black comedy from writer-director Richard Ayoade, loosely based on the story by Dostoyevsky and starring Jesse Eisenberg as a weak-willed office worker who's tormented by his aggressively confident doppelganger (Jesse Eisenberg).

Stylishly directed and sharply written, this is a jet black comedy with a nightmarishly dark atmosphere, stunning sound design work and a pair of terrific central performances from Jesse Eisenberg.

What's it all about?

Directed by Richard Ayoade, The Double is based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (which pre-Kafkas Kafka) and set in an unnamed time and place that has a vaguely 1980s Eastern European feel. Jesse Eisenberg stars as timid office worker Simon James, who's shunned by pretty co-worker Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) and practically invisible to his work colleagues – his boss (Wallace Shawn as Mr. Papadopoulos) still doesn't know his name after seven years and the surly security guard (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith) still makes him sign in with two forms of ID every day.

However, Simon's life is plunged into confusion with the arrival of co-worker James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), who looks exactly like him but is everything he isn't: aggressively confident, successful with women and instantly popular with the boss. Worse still, no-one notices that they look exactly the same and soon James is taking over Simon's life, bullying him into doing his work for him and even strong-arming him into letting him use his flat for sexual assignations.

The good

Eisenberg is inspired casting for Simon / James, since his screen persona is neatly split between nervy, Woody Allen-esque nebbishness (think The Squid and the Whale or Adventureland) and cold-hearted, obnoxious arrogance (think The Social Network or Now You See Me). Consequently, he plays both parts to perfection here, distinguishing one from the other so expertly that you almost believe Hannah when she tells Simon she can't see the resemblance between them.

The supporting cast are equally good: Wasikowska is charming and cute (yet agonisingly disinterested) as Hannah and Shawn is a delight as Simon's dismissive boss (the contrast in his demeanour when James appears is beautifully played), while there are also a series of enjoyable cameos from the stars of Ayoade's previous film Submarine - including Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige and Sally Hawkins - as well as from Ayoade's IT Crowd co-stars Chris O'Dowd and Chris Morris.

The great

Ayoade's stylish direction creates a nightmarish dystopia that will be nonetheless instantly familiar to anyone who's ever toiled away in a thankless office job or suffered an enmity of a bullying co-worker. Similarly, Ayoade is a self-confessed film obsessive, so the film is packed full of enjoyable echoes of films like Brazil, The Hudsucker Proxy and the work of filmmakers like Michel Gondry and Aki Kaurismaki – there's even a hint of Billy Wilder's The Apartment.

In addition, the film is heightened further by some superbly imaginative sound design work, such as the scene where Simon tries to listen in on a crucial conversation but is thwarted by a badly-timed blender.

Worth seeing?

Ayoade's second film is a stylishly directed and darkly funny and disturbingly bleak black comedy with a pair of pitch-perfect performances from Jesse Eisenberg. Recommended.

Matthew Turner

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Glasgow Film Festival Review: Night Moves

Night Moves                           15                    Four out of five stars

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Genre: Thriller
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat,
Kai Lennox, Katherine Waterston, Barry Del Sherman, James Le Gros,
Matt Malloy, Logan Miller, Joel Polinsky, Autumn Nidalmia
Running time: 112 mins



Thriller, written and directed by Kelly Reichardt, starring Jesse
Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning as a pair of eco-terrorists dealing with
the aftermath of their plot to blow up a hydro-electric dam.

Engaging and provocative, this is a fiercely introspective thriller
from writer-director Kelly Reichardt with a pair of superb
performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning.

What's it all about?

Written and directed by Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff), Night Moves
stars Jesse Eisenberg as Josh, an organic farmer in rural Oregon who
is plotting an act of eco-terrorism with zen-retreat manager Dena
(Dakota Fanning) and shady marine-turned-anarchist Harmon (Peter
Sarsgaard). Their plan is to make a statement by blowing up a
hydro-electric dam, hoping to give environmental issues some media
exposure and send a message about America's consumption of
electricity.

However, their actions have unforeseen consequences and Josh and Dena are soon forced to deal with the guilt of what they have done. As the police begin to ask questions, Dena's guilt takes on the telltale form of a red-raw anxiety rash, while Josh becomes increasingly paranoid.

The good

Eisenberg is excellent as Josh, a not particularly likeable character
who's forced to confront a painful reality; intriguingly, Reichardt
keeps you guessing as to the exact nature of Josh's naivety or
otherwise beforehand. Fanning is equally good as the more immediately
sympathetic Dena (though she is as irritating as Josh in her own
hippy-dippy save-the-planet way), while Sarsgaard is effectively
chilling as the unpredictable Harmon, who's harbouring a destructive
streak of his own.

Fans of Reichardt's previous films will know what to expect, or
rather, what not to expect, since there is very little in the way of
actual action (no big budget dam explosions here), despite the
thriller-based premise. Instead, her thoughtful script is fiercely
introspective and the relative lack of dialogue forces you to
scrutinise Josh and Dena for telltale signs of the personal toll their
actions have taken.

The great

The script also explores issues of loyalty (both personal and
political) and the inherent ethical dilemma in causing a potentially
huge amount of damage in the name of the environment (a hydro-electric dam does seem a strange choice in that regard - presumably they were too far away from the nearest fracking plant). Ultimately, rather than standing as a call to action, the film takes a fairly depressing world-view, in a cleverly conceived, brilliantly subtle scene that gives you a clue as to the wider impact of their actions as far as, say, the media and the general public are concerned.

Worth seeing?

This a slow-burning, thought-provoking eco-thriller from Kelly
Reichardt that poses some difficult questions, thanks to a strong
script and complex performances from Eisenberg and Fanning.
Recommended.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Top Ten Films Currently On Release (according to me): Week 2

Films on general release on Friday 19th Jan, 2014

1) 12 Years A Slave
2) American Hustle
3) Blue Is The Warmest Colour
4) Saving Mr Banks
5) Frozen
6) Nebraska
7) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
8) 1: Life On The Limit
9) The Square
10) Gravity

This list originally appeared here, with accompanying commentary.

Film stats (numbers and lists):

Total films seen last year: 466

Films seen last year / in the last week: 47 Ronin, Age of Uprising, The Harry Hill Movie, Toy Story 3, The Iceman Cometh, The Sorrow and the Pity / You're Telling Me, Exposed: Beyond Burlesque, The Square, 1: Life on the Limit

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Top Ten Films Currently On Release (according to me): Week 1

Films on general release on Friday 3rd Jan, 2014.

1. American Hustle
2. Blue Is The Warmest Colour
3. Saving Mr Banks
4. Frozen
5. Nebraska
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
7. Thor: The Dark World
8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
9. Gravity
10. Fill the Void

New releases this week include Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Last Vegas, neither of which I liked very much.

A version of this list originally appeared on ViewLondon. The list, plus commentary and a round-up of the week's interviews can be found here. (Although, actually, the current one is from last week as there was no new VL blog this week).

Friday, October 04, 2013

Archived tweets from the 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival

Note: earliest tweets at bottom of page

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
Sadly never got to order this... pic.twitter.com/hmZ0nsvXCJ

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
Peter Dinklage on the front cover of Esquire. #dinklage pic.twitter.com/Y4lYjAxNkR

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
I mean, seriously, what are the odds?

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
Hilariously, the woman next to me on the plane was THE SAME WOMAN who got the worst of my sniffles and nose-blowings during 2nd Oshima film.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
I did see three Oshima films though.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
This is how ill I was yesterday: I WENT TO BED INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE CLOSING NIGHT PARTY. #sansebastiflu

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
You've all unfollowed me because of San Sebastian, haven't you?

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
--> there for a moment) but my ear popped and gurgled in the air (plus painful earrache) and I now appear to be deaf in one ear.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
Well, I made it to Stanstead without a repeat of last year's vomit-based nightmare (had full-on flu last night so it was touch and go -->

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 29 Sep
I don't want to jinx it, but...actually, no, I'm not going to jinx it. Forget I said anything.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Sat through last of my 29 San Sebastian films. Feeling like death though. Going to have to skip closing night party. #sansebastiflu

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Club Sandwich won the Silver Shell! Hurrah! #VINDICATED UK theatrical release now, please. #releaseclubsandwich #61ssiff #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
@Projectoreview Supposed to be doing Death By Hanging but feeling *really* bad...

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Am loaded up with Spanish DRUGS. Um, the legal kind. #sansebastiflu #LAWYERS

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
...and this: pic.twitter.com/sK3I0RJPns

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
To console self for earlier Godfather t-shirt not being available in "Fat Man", bought this: pic.twitter.com/rCd6tPdDdQ

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Woody Allen advertising Smirnoff in the 1960s. #fnac #sanseb13 #woody pic.twitter.com/Gr1rpaRzCu

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Cool photo of Luis Tosar in fnac. #fnac #sanseb13 pic.twitter.com/moG8kbBCgy

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Black Widow and Hawkeye cruelly shut out of Spanish Avengers Blu-Ray cover. #fnac pic.twitter.com/axcTgte9Vs

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Lovely DVD cover for Hitchcock's The Birds in fnac. #fnac #sanseb13 pic.twitter.com/FFJjtjWALU

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
In illness news, cold rapidly mutating into REALLY nasty cough. Chest feels like it's on fire. But at least sore throat is gone+ can breathe

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Also, convinced bottom-of-well scene was heavy influence on garbage chute scene in Star Wars. #empireofpassion #oshima #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Was not at all prepared for BLADE OF GRASS IN EYE! Might have jumped a foot in the air. #empireofpassion #oshima #61ssiff #retrospectivos

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Apologies to the people either side of me who had two endure 105 mins of sniffles, nose-blowing + coughing but Empire of Passion was superb.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
With only one film left to declare, I am calling the San Sebastian Audience Award for Like Father, Like Son. #61ssiff cc @marcfc

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
@ecforde pic.twitter.com/RVYUQhQh1D

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Other designs in same series #2. #JAWS pic.twitter.com/OPjXiA1WOZ

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Other designs in same series #1. #KONG pic.twitter.com/VuwmrJCRAb

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Gah. They only had it in small. #curseofthefatman

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Consoling self for not being able to fit Marvel jigsaw in luggage by buying this instead. #61ssouvenir pic.twitter.com/1jK5YKigr0

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Credit where it's due: #61ssniffles hashtag © @NinjaWorrier and @molbysgut.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
That's if Death By Head Cold doesn't get me first. #61ssniffles

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
My final three #61ssiff films are going to be three more Oshimas: Empire of Passion, The Ceremony and Death By Hanging.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Marvel characters jigsaw. Came this >< close to buying this. #sabseb13 #marvel pic.twitter.com/PiFB7qAoaH

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
This seems to be a popular (if lonely) pastime this year... #sanseb13 pic.twitter.com/yX1PcD7kQK

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Last night's grabbed-before-three-back-to-back-films "dinner". #festivalofpintxos pic.twitter.com/FSZU2857rv

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Who knew you could get pinxtos to take away? This changes *everything*... #festivalofpinxtos pic.twitter.com/mc29MpexOw

Projector Magazine ‏@Projectoreview 28 Sep
Spivet is great... #manlytears fantastically shot as always. Wondering why they didn't acutally film in #Montana #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Last day in San Sebastian. In "serves you right" news, I have a stinking head cold... #sansebastiwoes

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Sandrine Kiberlain and writer-director-star Albert Dupontel on stage before 9 Month Stretch. #61ssiff pic.twitter.com/JChcD2QK2h

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
It *does* have several comedy eye-gougings and amputations, after all... cc @Film4FrightFest #9monthstretch #eyegobbler

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
9 Month Stretch was just what I needed. Very, *very* funny. It's not exactly a horror but suspect it would play well at @Film4FrightFest.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
In other news, I am almost certainly coming down with festival flu, just like I did last year...

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
Direction owes a lot to Jeunet, so it made for a good double bill.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 28 Sep
9 Month Stretch was fantastic fun. Fast-paced, very funny, unexpectedly violent. Great comic performances from Kiberlain and Dupontel.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Ooh! Sandrine Kiberlain is here! #9monthstretch #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Seriously considering going to see T.S.Spivet again tomorrow morning...

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
5th film of the day: 9 Month Stretch, which @Projectoreview assures me is worth seeing at midnight... #61ssiff #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
On the plus side, it was good to see San Sebastian on the big screen and at least REC 3's Leticia Dolera played "5". #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Massively underwhelmed by Violet, which felt like over-indulgent, studenty rubbish. Has a character called "5", for fuck's sake. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
*Loved* Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet. Stunningly beautiful photography and the best 3D work I've seen so far. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
@lolcatcat Here you go: pic.twitter.com/6qFcdhg9iM

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Oh, happy day! Grippal still exists! Best flu medicine EVER. Might have to buy 20 of these... #grippal pic.twitter.com/RZYd5OvFAZ

Eye For Film ‏@EyeForFilm 27 Sep
Here's Hugh Jackman at the San Sebastian press conference for Prisoners... more on which, later #61ssiff pic.twitter.com/eZn85xDyMs
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Oh boy, Boy was fantastic. #61ssiff #oshima #retrospectivos #MANLYTEARS

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Oh, thank Christ. The Principe has air-con... #61ssiff #melting

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
About to watch Oshima's Boy (Shonen), which I've never seen. #61ssiff #boy #shonen #retrospectivo

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
--> 3) Prisoners, 4) Like Father, Like Son, 5) Gravity. #61ssiff #61zinemaldia #61sansebastianfes #bestfinalsceneaward

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Nominations for the inaugural #61ssiff Best Final Scene award (which I just invented) are as follows: 1) Enemy, 2) Las Horas Muertas -->

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Loved Las Horas Muertas. A charming, simply told tale about a teenage motel manager befriending a woman whose lover keeps standing her up.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Hugh Jackman at the press conference for Prisoners (out now in UK) at #61ssiff. pic.twitter.com/TyyjsICAuL

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
T.S. Spivet, T.J. Spivet, potato, potato. #potatopotato

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Today's #61ssiff films: Las Horas Muertas, Boy, The Young and Prodigious T.J.Spivet, Violet and 9 Month Stretch. #sanseb13 #nowwithfilms

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Members of the public sitting and watching #61ssiff press conferences. You don't get that at the #LFF, etc. pic.twitter.com/Uzic4KeuyM

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
I think we can all agree that was totally worth it.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
San Sebastian in 6 seconds. https://vine.co/v/h6ql3MMiQmY #61ssiff #61zinemaldia #61sansebastianfes #sansebastianpintxofestival #sansebastivines

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Reposting that with hashtags so please forgive repetition... #hashtags

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
San Sebastian in 6 seconds. https://vine.co/v/h6ql3MMiQmY

Ian Mantgani ‏@mant_a_tangi 27 Sep
I hope the movie Club Sandwich is terrific, but I fear @FilmFan1971 is enthusiastic about it because it has the word 'sandwich' in the title
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Danae Reynaud and Lucio Gimenez Cacho, stars of Fernando Eimbcke's wonderful Club Sandwich. #61ssiff pic.twitter.com/wQCNMxQfVe

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
That #releaseclubsandwich hashtag really needs to catch on. #61ssiff #61sansebastianfes #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Can whoever released Duck Season and Lake Tahoe in the UK please release Fernado Eimbcke's Club Sandwich too? #releaseclubsandwich #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
cc @r0bynDavies RT @sansebastianfes: A medianoche llegó a San Sebastián Hugh Jackman, Premio Donostia del #61ssiff pic.twitter.com/9cKwflzvRB

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Has provided great new exclamation though. "Madre de Jorge!" "Mother of George!" etc. #61ssiff #61zinemaldia #madredejorge

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Mother of George. Impressive directorial debut, strong performances, but story didn't quite work for me. #61ssiff #motherofgeorge

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
Just discovered that the Maria Cristina sells (bottled) draught Guinness. #sansebastiwin @Projectoreview

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 27 Sep
No sign of Hugh Jackman, but Diego Luna just walked past. Does that count? #sansebastilols

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Totally stalking Hugh Jackman with @r0bynDavies, @msaot, @Eftihiast and @Projectoreview. #sansebastilols

Peter Bradshaw ‏@PeterBradshaw1 26 Sep
Here I am reviewing tapas at San Sebastián with @FilmFan1971 who basically rips the Cafe Oquendo a new a***hole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDzrA_PAJhw&feature=youtu.be …
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Just speculating, but I'm guessing Oshima and Godard hung out A LOT, right? #godardian #birdyhilltop #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Today's #61ssiff films: Devil's Knot, Young and Beautiful, Mother of George. About to watch Oshima's Diary of a Shinjuko Thief.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Spanish cinéfilos next to me at the Ozon were convinced Lindsay Duncan will win Best Actress prize at San Sebastian. #61ssiff #leweekend

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
@sean_blair I was hoping for the former. It's more Sandra Bullock's Adventures In Space. Goes for thrills rather than existential angst.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Dammit. Yes. Better. Pretend I said that instead. RT @rickburin: @FilmFan1971 It is, 'ow you say, very French.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Next up: Mother of George. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Enjoyed Young and Beautiful. It is, as they say, very French. Liked its avoidance of the expected cliches. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Next up: Ozon's Young and Beautiful. ("Ohhhhh no, he isn't!", etc). #61ssiff #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Also, you'd never guess Atom Egoyan was behind Devil's Knot if it wasn't for Elias Koteas showing up for two scenes. Feels like TV movie.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Underwhelmed by Devil's Knot. Script lacks focus and Firth's Deep South accent was distracting (as was Witherspoon's disguised pregnancy).

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
My prediction seems to have been on the money - Like Father, Like Son is currently leading the field for the Audience Award. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 26 Sep
Two glow-in-the-dark "gintonics" at Buga. #fuckyeahsansebastian pic.twitter.com/muR2MM8X7S

Paul Ridd ‏@PaulRidd 25 Sep
#dallasbuyersclub is completely fucking tremendous. Wow.
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Aha! RT @E_Film_Blog: @pitythebackseat @FilmFan1971 Yeah, CHAPTER 27, a deeply lacking film but he's great in it. And ripped for FIGHT CLUB.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Jared Leto also excellent (and Oscar-worthy) in Dallas Buyers Club. Has he played a transvestite before or am I confusing him with Dorff?

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
An excellent guess, I'd say. RT @craigfilm: @FilmFan1971 My surprise LFF screening guess.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
McConaughey's hot streak continues. He's sensational in Dallas Buyers Club. Surely a lock for an Oscar nom. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
I would totally watch a film about a Sandwich Club. #61ssiff #fightclubsandwich

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
--> but with sandwiches. #fightclubsandwich

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Club Sandwich opens with a marimba version of Where Is My Mind? and for a lovely moment I thought it was going to be like Fight Club -->

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
However, am now leaving the cosy embrace of the Keler tent to join the queue for Dallas Buyers Club an hour before it starts. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
The @Keler tent is rocking tonight. Free boozes, free food, DJ playing Beatles songs, good company, etc. #fuckyeahkelertent #61ssiff

Eris ‏@ErisLovesMovies 25 Sep
@FilmFan1971 You''re making it difficult to tell the difference between your Food Fest and Film Fest tweets. Mmmm, club sandwich.
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
@vee_eff Love Gandarias and we were fans of the beef cheek at Atari. Did Zeruko last year but not been this year yet. Their specialty?

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
@_AKA_ I hadn't made the connection! Thanks for that.
AKA ‏@_AKA_ 25 Sep
@FilmFan1971 That's good to hear. Really looking forward to CLUB SANDWICH now. I absolutely adore Eimbcke's beautiful LAKE TAHOE.
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
@julia_dbpi The resemblance is uncanny, right enough. #greekrobertpattinson

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
I mean, COME ON! #greekrobertpattinson #luton #kelertent pic.twitter.com/HwL33aKBx8

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
And yes, he has heard the words "Greek Robert Pattinson" before... #luton

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Cast and director of #Luton in the @Keler tent. #kelertent #61ssiff pic.twitter.com/0UKyQYrC3R

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Dear @keler,

I hereby give you permission to use this photo of me in your publicity.

Yours,

@FilmFan1971

http://instagram.com/p/esLVefEpLa/

Paul Ridd ‏@PaulRidd 25 Sep
Greek Weird Wave is getting a bit also-ran, no? Barely surprised when #Luton exploded into nihilistic violence at the end. #sansebastian
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
#fuckyeahkelertent RT @Projectoreview: The glory of ninjaworrier and @filmfan1971 #keler #luton #61ssiff http://instagram.com/p/esLVefEpLa/

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Mini hamburgers in the @keler tent with @projectoreview, @NinjaWorrier and @molbysgut. #kelertentwin http://twitter.com/FilmFan1971/status/382907586585956352/photo/1pic.twitter.com/lxDq99sSw2 #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Danae Reynaud, star of Club Sandwich and some sleb-botherer... #61ssiff #clubsandwich pic.twitter.com/S1QxVzWTd5

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
@r0bynDavies Like Father, Like Son, Enemy, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed and Gravity. Le Weekend would be too, but I saw that in UK...

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
If you are at #61sansebastianfes tomorrow, don't miss Arrugas, my favourite film of the 2011 festival. Review here: http://mostlyfilm.com/2011/10/11/ten-highlights-of-the-2011-san-sebastian-film-festival/ …

Projector Magazine ‏@Projectoreview 25 Sep
Club Sandwich: A close quarters coming of age film with a unique perspective from a teens jealous mother. Well worth a look. #61ssiff
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Club Sandwich just went straight into my #61sansebastianfes Top Five. There's an economy to the storytelling that is utterly charming.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Loved Club Sandwich, a beautifully observed, understated comedy about a mother becoming jealous of her son's holiday romance. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
SAN SEBASTIAN RECOMMENDATION: Prisoners - http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/films/prisoners-film-review-54428.html … @sansebastianfes #61ssiff #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
31 degrees today, it says here... #fuckyeahsansebastian

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Tempted to have a club sandwich before Club Sandwich. #films #sandwiches #togetheratlast #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Looking forward to Luton later. #nottheairport #61ssiff #lutonposter #eggy pic.twitter.com/b3wClvfoki

Projector Magazine ‏@Projectoreview 25 Sep
Part Two of our San Sebastián blog... Much more to come through the week: http://goo.gl/fb/bPmdw #61ssiff
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
El Rayo (based on a true story) is basically The Straight Story crossed with Las Acacias. Charming, simply told, great final scene. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
As films about men and their tractors go, El Rayo (aka Hassan's Way) is right up there with The Straight Story. #61ssiff #61sansebastianfes

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
@vee_eff Can you send me a quick list of your other favourite places? Meant to ask you before I left!

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Although, actually, I think I'll leave Devil's Knot till tomorrow + see it in the Kursaal instead. So just the five today. #thinkingoutloud

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Planned films for today: El Rayo, Club Sandwich, The Gambler, Luton, Egoyan's Devil's Knot and Dallas Buyer's Club. #61ssiff #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Reviews finished! Now off to see a film about a man and a tractor. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 25 Sep
Three reviews down, two more to go... #tuesdaynightreviewblitz

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
It was basically like The Thick Of It, only trapped in a time-loop spiral. Highlighters a highlight. #quaidorsay #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Today's other #61ssiff film: Bertrand Tavernier's Quai D'Orsay, which was essentially a one-joke movie, but it was a very good joke.

Craig Skinner ‏@CSkinner 24 Sep
@FilmFan1971 I'm far more interested in the Firth/Kidman team-up for PADDINGTON BEAR than I am THE RAILWAY MAN.
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Just out of The Railway Man. Needed more trains. #61ssiff

Sara Martínez Ruiz ‏@Sara_M_Ruiz 24 Sep
#ofhorsesandmen is the best first film ever. Cruel but tender. Nude beauty and delightful music. Totally unclassifiable @nisimazine #61SSIFF
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Next up: Bertrand Tavernier's Quai D'Orsay. #61ssiff #61zinemaldia #sanseb13 #etc

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Poster for Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed. #61ssiff #viviresfacil #livingiseasy pic.twitter.com/vpiImohVSt

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
POST-CREDITS STING WATCH. There are two, yes TWO post-credits stings in Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed. #61ssiff #postcreditssting

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Film is based on true story of a Spanish English teacher who tracked down John Lennon when he was filming in Almeria. #61ssiff #livingiseasy

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed was as good as everyone said. Utterly charming, lovely lead performance from Javier Camera. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Have heard great things about Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed. @Projectoreview told me his face hurt from smiling afterwards. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
@r0bynDavies I'm doing Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, Quai d'Orsay, Railway Man and maybe Family Tour too. Plus writing. Lots of writing.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Preferred seat of hardcore Kursaal fan: centre of middle row (like row AA in Empire Leicester Square, as was). Only row that is full so far.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Today's plan: four films, five reviews. First up: Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed. #61ssiff #61zinemaldia #variousotherhashtags

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
Have discovered hardcore group of Kursaal fans who are queuing at 8am for a 9am film. #61ssiff #kursaalfans

Louise Rhind-Tutt ‏@lrtpublicity 24 Sep
A fine selection in Museo Del Whisky in San Sebastián. This is about a fifth of it... pic.twitter.com/JMfFa00hfL
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 24 Sep
cc @JigsawLounge (@ Museo del Whisky) http://4sq.com/15nlQ0U
from San Sebastián, Guipuzcoa

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Previous RT by @lrtpublicity twinned with: pic.twitter.com/jprtiUoGXu

Louise Rhind-Tutt ‏@lrtpublicity 23 Sep
Here is @FilmFan1971 eyeing up the pintxos in a San Sebastian bar earlier today... pic.twitter.com/GUxjRS9aAz
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Watching the sunset before sustained assault on pintxos for @lrtpublicity's last night in San Sebastian. pic.twitter.com/1mBi12zHMe

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
#ROMANCE RT @lrtpublicity: Beautiful San Sebastián sunset over the sea pic.twitter.com/OrDXYjeSMt

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
*Slow clap* RT @SpodoKomodo: @lrtpublicity @FilmFan1971 Do you get 16 bits?

Louise Rhind-Tutt ‏@lrtpublicity 23 Sep
San Sebastian pintxos/wine crawl with @FilmFan1971 tonight. Best so far: beef cheeks in red wine at Atari Gastroteka pic.twitter.com/KVafINT8Xs
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Vine of @lrtpublicity taking photographs at San Sebastian aquarium: https://vine.co/v/hr56FTLmvVb #vines #meta

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
@robotnic Chris Fujiwara is here! #TheMightyFujiwara #sanseb13

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Embarking on 8 hour Pintxo Crawl (+ break to watch sunset) with @lrtpublicity, as it's her last night here. Let's do this! #stamina

Projector Magazine ‏@Projectoreview 23 Sep
If holding your breath for 90 minutes is your thing. See GRAVITY now. #61ssiff
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Facetiousness aside, #Gravity is stupendous, awe-inspiring stuff. Astonishing special effects and best 3D since Avatar. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
That's right. I went there. RT @HelenLOHara: @FilmFan1971 I can't believe you just compared Gravity to The Core.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Gravity gave me happy flashbacks to that time Hilary Swank crash-landed the Space Shuttle in the Los Angeles concrete river thing. #61ssiff

Paul Ridd ‏@PaulRidd 23 Sep
Snake wranglers and box makers take heed, huge success of PRISONERS could spell Renaissance of cinematic representations of snakes and boxes
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Queue-jumping woman I photobombed is the one in green just behind @PeterBradshaw1... #moro

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
The queue for Gravity, an hour before the film starts. #61ssiff #gravity https://vine.co/v/hr5UXZ0mqFM

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Just angry face-photobombed a Spanish woman that totally pushed her way into the Gravity queue. #fittingrevenge #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Sting ray https://vine.co/v/hr569YahzpI

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Turtle at aquarium. https://vine.co/v/hr56H500U5W

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Some pintxos, earlier. #sansebastianfoodfestival pic.twitter.com/Cf1rTx1O3V

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Went to the San Sebastian aquarium with @lrtpublicity earlier. Here is a tuna made of tuna cans. pic.twitter.com/EQHDTeYZWy

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Little disappointed with October / November. Also, they *really* overdid the Cough Of Death. #coughofdeath #octobernovember #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Fellow Gravity eager beavers @PeterBradshaw1 and @projectoreview. #thegravityofgravity #61ssiff pic.twitter.com/pOSsFg50B5

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
Well, that's something, anyway... #fuckyeahsansebastian pic.twitter.com/wI9xxhkPyK

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
I suspect there will be *ructions* later. Very clear this screening (the only press screening) is going to be full. #thegravityofgravity

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
The queue for Gravity has already started and the film's not on till 3.45... #gravity #61ssiff
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
@sansebastianfes I suppose it's too late to switch the screening of Gravity to the Kursaal? VE is going to be much too small.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
@Projectoreview I'm thinking 2.30 for the Gravity queue. Rather wishing I had stayed in bed instead of 9.30 Oct / Nov screening.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
@r0bynDavies You really must. You won't regret it. Was my favourite film here in 2011. #arrugas

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 23 Sep
@r0bynDavies Agreed. Have you seen Arrugas, btw? (Animated section). Don't miss it if you haven't. Just wonderful.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Final item on the Fuegro Negro tasting menu: "A Child's Tears" (note chocolate footprint). #sansebfoodfest pic.twitter.com/XD1Nn4VLFP

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Hungry as all hell after Cannibal. Having tasting menu at A Fuegro Negro. #61ssiff #sansebastianfoodfestival

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Cannibal made all the creepier by German guy next to me who giggled excitedly every time something cannibalesque happened. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Insane queue for Cannibal. Who knew cannibalism was so popular? #cannibalcabal #61ssiff #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Anyway, next up: Fruitvale Station. Looking forward to this (though again, know nothing at all about it and going in completely cold).

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Gah! Character limit fail. That should have read: #puppylove #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
--> neighbour and that heroine's widowed father is played by Vincent Perez...well, you could probably write the script yourself. #puppyl ...

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
I mean, if I told you that plot revolves around shy 14 year old virgin heroine who befriends attractive 16 yr old experienced new --->

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Enjoyed Puppy Love and thought performances carried it, but it ticked all the usual coming-of-age boxes and didn't really try anything new.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Honestly don't know which of us comes out of that worse. I mean, did they think he was wearing a terrible (grey, thinning) wig? #rebordinos

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
In hilarious news, this is festival director Rebordinos, who I was mistaken for the other night... #61ssiff pic.twitter.com/6zJ73XAwqg

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
*San Sebastian faces*. We're not *trying* to look smug, honestly... (We are). cc @lrtpublicity pic.twitter.com/PxLdZOW3Ko

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Virtual postcard. What's the weather like in London today? #fuckyeahsansebastian pic.twitter.com/gtElvsZJcd

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Solomillo with a teriyaki glaze. #sansebastianfoodfestival pic.twitter.com/qh9kftXqk8

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Some pintxos, earlier... #sansebastianfoodfestival pic.twitter.com/dubQxkHlc7

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Disaster! The Keler Tent has gone all exclusive this year. Un monton de #sadfaces, @keler!

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Just bumped into Enemy star @sarahgadcn, who explained the ending of the film to me. Can sleep easier now... #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
@keler Que pasa con las tarjetas este año? Como podemos conseguirlos?

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Just interviewed writer-director Delphine Lehericey and stars Vincent Perez and Solène Rigot for Puppy Love. #puppylove #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
You definitely get a better class of freebie at San Sebastian... #marblesonmarble #61ssiff #zipiyzape pic.twitter.com/r59332Rquc

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Poster for Enemy. #61ssiff #61zinemaldia #stillfreakingmethefuckouttwodayslater pic.twitter.com/lTNbSQBjfO

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Judging by their regular inclusion in film festival line-ups, it's a *lot*. As popular a genre as the heartwarming competition-based doc.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
I would love to know the statistics on how many coming-of-age movies are made by French / Belgian filmmakers every year. #66ssiff

Amber Wilkinson ‏@NinjaWorrier 22 Sep
Morning all. Forgot this - here's a tiny vid of acrobat in Vitruvian Man mode San Seb opening party http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzVScjh-iIM&feature=youtu.be … #61ssiff
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
San Sebastian Vine #1 #babysfirstvine #61ssiff https://vine.co/v/hrWlLjdhUue

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Well, that's that settled then... RT @PaulRidd: @FilmFan1971 CANNIBAL is tremendous fun.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Today's #sanseb13 films: Puppy Love, Fruitvale Station and either Cannibal or Death By Hanging. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Would love to read this. Not exactly pocket size though... #magic pic.twitter.com/xcvaYUc0rq

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Actually, @lrtpublicity's birthday funtimes are not over yet. Currently having a nightcap in the Maria Cristina's impossibly comfy chairs.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
That reminds me - did my Nazi joke make it into my Diana review? #hirschbiegel

Neil Young (UK) ‏@JigsawLounge 20 Sep
DIANA (Hirschbiegel '13) 4/10. Schmaltz with Bashir.
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
I am seeing some films again tomorrow, honest...

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 22 Sep
Kursal at night. #somethingsomethingsansebastiansomething pic.twitter.com/GkaUYxMg5m

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
All that *and* Like Father, Like Son. Pretty great day all round, really. @lrtpublicity #fuckyeahsansebastian

Louise Rhind-Tutt ‏@lrtpublicity 21 Sep
Been spoilt rotten by @FilmFan1971 today. Afternoon at La Perla spa in San Sebastián, dinner at Michelin-starred Kokotxa. Perfect birthday.
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Louise Rhind-Tutt ‏@lrtpublicity 21 Sep
Bresse pigeon, heart of lettuce from Tudela, with vanilla, garlic and 'edible earth', at Kokotxa, San Sebastián pic.twitter.com/p20TMmbWGS
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Louise Rhind-Tutt ‏@lrtpublicity 21 Sep
Red tuna tartare with black garlic sauce and pickled vegetable ice cream at Kokotxa, San Sebastián pic.twitter.com/pOvSTMQsrs
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Obligatory "Puedes sacar un foto?" moment with birthday girl @lrtpublicity in Kokotxa. #fuckyeahsansebastian pic.twitter.com/t5Ozocj05b

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
The chocolate mi-cuit: pic.twitter.com/J7UcLptpaE

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
With chocolate mi-cuit to follow. #kokotxa #sansebastianfoodfestival pic.twitter.com/BIdvjFPHWL

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
The deer at Kokotxa: pic.twitter.com/38jLKibUaz

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
The lobster at Kokotxa: pic.twitter.com/OY8HVdESUD

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
...and the deer. #sansebastianfoodfestival pic.twitter.com/NB34oxrcRJ

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Went with the lobster... #sansebastianfoodfestival pic.twitter.com/aoBrZarOYk

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Just had a gazpacho and cheese cappuccino at Kokotxa that has conceivably changed my life. #sansebastianfoodfestival

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
A fishbowl of gin at 5am this morning... MT @lrtpublicity @FilmFan1971 celebrating my b'day with biggest g&t in world pic.twitter.com/3hBNr6wxAm

Festival S.Sebastián ‏@sansebastianfes 21 Sep
#61ssiff: Ya está en la ciudad el Premio Donostia: ¡Carmen Maura! http://bit.ly/1fniVwj pic.twitter.com/dN6e7yQn8H
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
You don't get that at the #LFF etc. #sanseb13 #61ssiff #61zinemaldia pic.twitter.com/gPOBgYlW6k

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
La Perla: http://www.la-perla.net/en/talasoterapia/circuito-puesta-en-forma/ … #thalassotherapyexplained #sensationlabyrinth #icefountain

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Just did three glorious hours of Thalassotherapy at La Perla for @lrtpublicity's birthday. Didn't think it was possible to be this relaxed.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
@NinjaWorrier Excellent hashtag work.
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Amber Wilkinson ‏@NinjaWorrier 21 Sep
OK. Sniffle. Koreeda gets you and keeps you. His capturing of kids second to none+he gives you time to think about things. #61ssiff #61sniff
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
All I knew about Like Father, Like Son was the title and director. Same with Gilliam's The Zero Theorem yesterday.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
One of the biggest joys of film reviewing is the ability to go into a film without knowing anything at all about it beforehand.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
I also think Like Father, Like Son has an excellent chance of winning the Audience Award. #61ssiff #61zinemaldia #sanseb13

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Like Father, Like Son is getting the full five stars from me. Just wonderful. Am emotional wreck. #sanseb13 #61ssiff #61zinemaldia

Amber Wilkinson ‏@NinjaWorrier 21 Sep
Will formulate something more literate re Like Father, Like Son later... But for now I'll just tell you I pretty much blubbed thru last hour
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Projector Magazine ‏@Projectoreview 21 Sep
#61ssiff Like Father, Like Son... Man tears... A fantastically handled drama with a quiet emotional punch.
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Full house at Victoria Eugenia for the press screening of Kore-eda's Like Father, Like Son. #61ssiff pic.twitter.com/v0kmpfkdiv

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Ewan McGregor flick-book, from the #61ssiff goodie bag. It was Julia Roberts last year. #collectthemall pic.twitter.com/EOToxyK8c3

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
#fuckyeahsansebastian pic.twitter.com/HPVVViF8OS

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Might have something in eye after Like Father, Like Son. #MANLYTEARS #sanseb13 #61ssiff #variousotherhashtags

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
So did anyone have any Enemy-inspired nightmares last night? #doppelgangerlols #whattheFUCKisthat #61ssiff #sanseb13

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Clockwork cat freebies. Not yet worked out which film they're from... pic.twitter.com/p13XVwjfqS

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Also, I really want this t-shirt... pic.twitter.com/BSy42EDyHD

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Some pastries, yesterday. #sansebastianfoodfestival #fuckyeahsansebastian pic.twitter.com/IzrJj4mYGf

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Balls of salad at the San Sebastian Film Festival opening night party last night. #ballsofsalad #61ssiff pic.twitter.com/QnYqI7Hvwd

Amber Wilkinson ‏@NinjaWorrier 21 Sep
The Zero Theorem. Brazil lite, or perhaps Brazil 2.0 Good looking steampunk aesthetic but a narratively weak run round the un(reality) block
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Amber Wilkinson ‏@NinjaWorrier 20 Sep
Futbolin a great start to #donostia61. Striking animation, punchlines that score and lots of action. GOAL!!
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Louise Rhind-Tutt ‏@lrtpublicity 21 Sep
So @FilmFan1971 seems to be celebrating my birthday with the biggest gin & tonic in the world... pic.twitter.com/pNiO2eJGeo
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Eye For Film ‏@EyeForFilm 20 Sep
We take a look at Foosball, which opens @sansebastianfes tonight http://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/foosball-2013-film-review-by-amber-wilkinson … #61ssiff
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
@JigsawLounge @yo_damo It's not the same without you. Your absence has been lamented.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Somebody at opening night party mistook me for the festival director earlier. I wonder if I can turn this to my advantage? #doppelgangerlols

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
Me and @lrtpublicity at the San Sebastian opening night party. #sanseb13 pic.twitter.com/flyNNVZKrj

Projector Magazine ‏@Projectoreview 21 Sep
Late tweet: The Enemy is fantastic... The film every film student wants to make. Gyllenhaal is great... And a kILLer ending. Sleep tight.
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 21 Sep
A normal sized gin and tonic. #fuckyeahsansebastian pic.twitter.com/LRMgJOyBSS

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
To clarify, I would at least make sure that bainsley.sex had a tasteful photo of Melanie Thierry and played Karen Souza's version of Creep.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
If I was doing the marketing for #TheZeroTheorem, I would make sure that bainsley.sex actually existed... #bainsley #sanseb13 #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
@sansebastianfes Hang on. How come there is no press screening for Blue Is The Warmest Colour (La Vie d'Adele)?

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Enemy and The Zero Theorem ended up being another double bill because they both had blonde French Melanies in. #blondefrenchmelaniedouble

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Suspect Gilliam's The Zero Theorem won't be to everyone's taste, but I really enjoyed it. Minor return to form, I'm saying. #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Although, now that I've written it, I do quite like doppelginger. #doppelginger #likeadoppelgangeronlygingerer

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Stupid text-to-twitter apparently incapable of recognising doppelgänger and changed it to doppelginger. I did not mean doppelginger.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Both movies in the #doppelgangerdouble had Vertigo posters. One prominently displayed, the other a bit more subtly placed. #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Enemy had the best WHAT THE FUCK?!? moment I've seen all year. Great fun. Pretty much everything I wanted from a doppelgÌnger movie. #61ssif

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
I am a sucker for a good doppelgÌnger movie. Fingers crossed for Enemy. #sanseb13 #61donostia #variousotherhashtags

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Appear to be doing a doppelgÌnger double bill of The Face of Love and Enemy. #doppelgangerdouble #doubledouble #sanseb13 #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Had no idea Jake Gyllenhaal had made two films with Denis Villeneuve back to back (Prisoners and Enemy). #sanseb13 #61zinemaldia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Might have something in eye after The Face of Love. #MANLYTEARS #61ssiff #sanseb13 #variousotherhashtags

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Next up: The Face of Love. #sanseb13 #61zinemaldia #variousotherhashtags

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Good news! The Keler Tent is back! #tentkeler #fuckyeahsansebastian #61ssiff cc @PeterBradshaw1 http://flic.kr/p/asixv4

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Couldn't get into the Miyazaki (which overlapped by 20 minutes) because jobsworths. Consoling self with pintxos. #festivalofpintxos

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Yes! RT @DanGreen1986: @FilmFan1971 A fitting follow-up to 'The Secret in Their Eyes'?

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Very keen to see the UK dubbed version of Foosball / Futbolin now. Wonder if there will be many changes to dialogue? #GOOOOOOOAL #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Foosball was a lot of fun. Sweet story, great characters and packed with laugh-out-loud gags. Plot meanders in 1st half but 2nd half saves.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
Apparently Foosball is only showing in UK (including LFF) with the English dub, so looking forward to the "version original". #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 20 Sep
First of today's five films: Foosball (aka Futbolin, Metagoal). #61ssiff #sanseb13 #variousotherhashtags

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
The other three are Death By Hanging, Diary of a Shinjuko Thief and Night and Fog in Japan. #oshima #sanseb13 cc @j_christley

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
Excited to discover #sanseb13's Oshima retrospective. At least 6 films I've wanted to see for yrs (Boy, Empire of Passion, The Ceremony etc)

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
Necking cañas like there's no tomorrow with @ninjaworrier, @molbysgut + @lrtpublicity. #fuckyeahsansebastian pic.twitter.com/PskPiliyrY

Festival S.Sebastián ‏@sansebastianfes 19 Sep
@FilmFan1971 #61ssiff but we also use #61zinemaldia & #61sansebastianfes Thank you!
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
@sansebastianfes What is the official hashtag for the festival? #donostiaostia

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
Annual source of San Sebastian amusement: the fact that nobody can agree on the hashtag. #sanseb13 #donostia61 #61sansebastianfes #61ssiff

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
Screening clash woes: the only Fussball screening clashes with the only screening of The Wind Rises. #sansebastian #donostia13

Daniel Green ‏@DanGreen1986 19 Sep
@FilmFan1971 "[Turner] charges forth like a great warrior unafraid of the outcome or consequences." #maverick
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Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
Never laughed so hard in my life... http://existimatum.com/review/9C2L/kick-ass-2/matthew-turners-kick-ass-2-15-is-stern-but-fair … #existimatum

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
One of my favourite pintxos places in San Sebastian has closed down. How I will live without their smoked cod tortilla, I do not know.

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
I'm at Donostia / San Sebastián (Donostia, Gipuzkoa) http://4sq.com/18dziGB
from San Sebastián, Guipuzcoa

Matthew Turner ‏@FilmFan1971 19 Sep
Off to San Sebastian for 10 days. Can someone please let me know whether Carl has MURDERED Shirley in #EastEnders? #shirleynotdeadsurely