Kyle Lambert’s Fantastic “Toy Shining” Prints

Kyle Lambert created these amazing Toy Shining prints using an iPad, the 25 panel storyboard took 2 months to complete and was presented to Lee Unkrich (director of Toy Story 3) whose favourite films include The Shining.

This has seriously made my day!!

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All artwork Copyright Kyle Lambert.

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Edinburgh Film Guild Launches New Finnish Cinema Programme

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A two-part focus on Finnish cinema, it was announced this week, will take place in Edinburgh. It includes three features, all being given their UK premieres, as well as world and international premieres of three mid-length documentaries.  All 16 screenings are open to the public and will take place at Edinburgh Filmhouse.

New Cinema 1, screening on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September comprises of 14 short, mid-length and feature-length films made between 2011 and 2013, all of which were directed or co-directed by women, and many of which also feature female screenwriters, cinematographers and editors and strong leading female characters or subjects.  Its wide-ranging programme includes animation, experimental works and documentaries, and its approach to highlighting the work of women filmmakers follows in a long Edinburgh tradition, dating back to the 1972 Edinburgh International Film Festival, at which the world’s second women’s film event was organised by Lynda Myles.

New Cinema 2 takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, and includes two retrospective Finnish features: The Interrogation (2009) and the complete, uncut version of Eight Deadly Shots (1972), neither of which has previously been publicly screened in the UK.

Both New Cinema events will be accompanied by limited-edition programmes, to include original writings by leading Finnish film critics alongside those of filmmakers whose work will be screened.

For the full programme visit the Edinburgh Film Guild website.

New Cinema tickets are available from the Edinburgh Filmhouse box office (88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ / 0131 228 2688) and via the Filmhouse website, http://www.filmhousecinema.com/ .

Tickets for all single screenings are £6 (£5 conc).  Eight Deadly Shots will be shown in two parts, with combined tickets for both available at £8 (£6 conc).

Liebster Award

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So I was intrigued when I received an email from Mari at Square-Eyed Geek telling me that she had nominated my blog for a Liebster Award. I was flattered and so did a little research into the Award; it is essentially a 21st Century chain letter – each ‘nominee’ nominates in turn 10 more recipients of the award.  Frankly I think it’s a brilliant idea, each nominee must have under 200 followers so this award draws attention to the newer and more ‘out of the way’ blogs.

So to pass on this ‘letter’ I have to answer a few questions set for me by my nominator, and then pass the award on to some of my favourite small blogs. So please take a look at the people I give this award to, they really are worth it!

So here are my 10 questions set by Mari

Question 1 = What is your favourite film and why?

My favourite film? It’s a toss up between Pulp Fiction and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Pulp Fiction because it reminds me of a great time in my life when I would sit and watch endless amount of Tarantino with my friends (and of course recreating the twist competition at many a party). And Eternal Sunshine because it always astonishes me how something so seemingly incomprehensible turns into one of the most amazing romances.

Question 2 = What would be your absolute dream job?

Film reviewer and Arts Journalist, easy one really!

Question 3 = Who is your hero?

I don’t really have a hero, I have lots of people I admire for different reasons but no hero.

Question 4 = What would be your dream holiday destination?

My favourite place to go on holiday is Rome, I am a classics student so Rome and Pompeii really talk to my inner geek. But I am planning a trip to Turkey soon, maybe a bit of island hoping over to Greece as well. I love to travel and move around so any dream holiday would probably involve a backpack and a lot of travelling.

Question 5 = What’s your favourite book?

The best book I’ve read recently is Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds, it’s just brilliant and everyone should read it. But my comfort book that I always come back to it The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham – such a good creepy book!

Question 6 = What is your favourite past-time when you’re not writing your blog?

Watching films, TV anything really. Reading and listening my records is also great, something about vinyl you just can’t match!

Question 7 = What sort of music do you prefer?

I love alternative/indie stuff – mostly singer/songwriters, but also the great British guitar bands that are reemerging at the moment. (I also have a guilty love for country music but don’t tell anyone!)

Question 8 = Do you have a favourite food?

Hands down pizza!

Question 9 = If you were going to be stranded on an island (and already had unlimited food and water), which one item would take with you?

Umm difficult probably a laptop with the internet – or is that cheating? Maybe an unlimited supply of books!

Question 10 = Which 10 people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen Fry, Sarah Millican, Nicolas Hornby, Jasper FForde, Douglas Adams, Alex Turner, Justin Vernon (just so my boyfriend could meet him), Gaudi (I mean he’d be fun yeah?), Kyle MacLachlan (but as Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks) and Ryan Gosling (he doesn’t have to talk he can just sit there).

So here are my nominees:

Hayes at the Movies 

Professionally Incoherent 

Jackanory Reviews will now resume it’s normal broadcast!

Film Review: Elysium dir. Neill Blomkamp

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It’s hard to believe that Neill Blomkamp’s new sci-fi epic with a social message, Elysium, is only his second major outing on the big screen. The South African born director’s debut District 9 (2009) paved the way for this year’s release. While District 9’s story focused on a sci-fi take on South Africa’s difficult history of apartheid, Elysium deals with social injustice of a different kind.

Elysium sees “The 99%” left on the giant slum that is planet Earth, while the rich and beautiful play on the haunting, circular space station Elysium. Elysium is a tranquil paradise populated by people who all seem to have live-in hairstylists, live in Hamptons-style ‘suburbs’ and thanks to Nano-technology, can be cured of anything. Meanwhile Earth is a giant slum, where people are policed by robots and struggle through life.

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Matt Damon is Max, inhabitant of Earth who dreams of Elysium. A radioactive accident leaves Max with no choice but to fight for a ticket to Elysium where his condition can be quickly cured. Black market shuttles to Elysium rarely arrive, but Max is willing to try anything for his chance to be cured; taking on dangerous tasks for criminal with a conscience Spider (Wanger Moura).

His childhood friend Frey (Alice Braga) is soon drawn into the mix, and while he struggles to save her and her sick child (Emma Tremblay) there is a refreshing lack of sexual tension or even chemistry between them. This noble desire to save his friend allows the plot to progress without becoming stuck in the quagmire that can be hastily written romances in an action film.

Despite Damon’s A-list status, Sharlto Copley steals the show as sleeper agent Kruger who is called in to track down Max. His South African accent coupled with his unfailing sense of comic timing just hits the nail on the head, creating a menacing yet oddly likeable villain. 

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American Hustle Trailer

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Con-man helps FBI uncover serial “Bad Guys”. Sounds like a pretty average idea for a movie . . . but then you add in Bradley Cooper, Christen Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence AND Jeremy Renner and you may just have a great movie going!

Not to mention the aura of David O. Russel surrounding the whole production; THEN you might have an award contender!

UK release date set as Boxing Day this year.

DVD Releases I Missed This Week

Everyone drops the ball now and the then, but this week was particularly impressive. Not 1 but FOUR amazing films released on DVD and I only write about one of them?! Not good! So here are the other three …

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1. The Paperboy. Featured in my Top 5 Films of the Year so Far (here) this dark, swampy thriller is perhaps one of the most underrated releases this year. Starring Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Zac Efron it’s well worth a watch.

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2. The Place Beyond The Pines. Also found in my Top 5 List (here) The Place Beyond The Pines has been one of the most confusing films I’ve seen this year – Perfect through two thirds of its epic story and then thoroughly disappointing for the rest. Definitely worth renting though, even if you turn it off when the “10 years later” screen appears.

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3. Side Effects. Not the best film released this year but by no means the worst. An entertaining thriller with a confused and rushed ending that will leaving you going “huh?!” and not necessarily in a good way. I wouldn’t rush back to see this movie again but worth a watch on a rainy night in.

Want to read more on each film? Click the title to be transported across the web to my original reviews!

Film Review: Only God Forgives (dir. Nicholas Winding Refn)

After Nicholas Winding Refn’s last critic-dividing offering Drive, we approach his newest offering Only God Forgives with a kind of hesitant excitement. Being a Drive fan, this film has been on my mental ‘must-watch list’ for a while.

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While Only God Forgives is certainly more unashamedly arthouse than Drive it maintains the same bare dialogue and attention to detail that marked Drive out as something out of the ordinary. So the dialogue is sparse (and that is perhaps a tentative way to phrase it); Ryan Gosling as Julian (the films poster boy) has only 17 lines . . . in the entire film!! While the other actors fare better in the line tally, the film plays heavily on the strength of Cliff Martinez’s soaring score which pulls the films along it’s increasingly dark and violent course. The score plays unrelentingly over the silent screams of many a victim of the films vengeful plot, creating a brilliantly detached feel as the characters shout in Tai with their pleas unheard by the audience or the unrelenting vigilante cop Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm).

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