Jun 122013
 

The sole survivor of a fishing accident which took the life of five young men (including the survivor’s only brother) struggles to deal with both the grief and finality of death and the attitude of the village-folk who don’t understand why he walks among them, while others are dead. Review of Scottish director Paul Wright’s début feature film, For Those in Peril after the jump.
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Jun 092013
 

ginger and rosa 2013

In the early 1960s much of the world are on edge. The threat of nuclear war hangs heavy in the air, and nothing feels certain. What a time to grow up and mould your identity as an adult. Two friends, both young and naïve, but with very different ideals forge their way through 1962 in Ginger & Rosa. Review after the jump.

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Jun 092013
 

cheap thrills film

What would you do for money? What excruciating and indescribable lengths would someone to go for money? A lot of money? Whether it be to support their family, to live comfortable, to avoid debt, anything. Director E.L Katz is curious of the answer with his feature début, Cheap Thrills. It’s depraved, it’s revolting, but is it any good as a film? Do we have anyone to cling onto amidst the madness? My review after the jump.

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Jun 062013
 

Dirty Wars

When Jeremy Scahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine decided to investigate a night-time raid in Afghanistan which killed 7 people (including a police commander and 2 pregnant women) he tugged on a very long and tangled piece of string, which lead right to the heart of the United State’s covert war operations. Review of Dirty Wars after the jump.

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Jun 052013
 

lovelace 2013

If one were to glance at this review they’d come across the name Linda Lovelace several times; and at the risk of sounding presumptuous, their first thought would likely be, “Oohhh that actress in Deep Throat with that particular skill”. Does the film do anything to change that perception of Lovelace? My review after the jump.

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Jun 042013
 

wikileaks

Wikileaks is widely known as the organisation which released hundreds of thousands of classified US military and political documents. But how much do we really know about them and their founder, Julian Assange? In this documentary Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Men in the Room) takes a closer look at the organisation and the surprisingly secretive Assange, in We Steal Secrets: The Stories of Wikileaks. Review after the jump.

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Jun 022013
 

blackfish

Blackfish takes a behind the scenes look at Orca [or Killer Whale] shows at marine parks, chiefly those at SeaWorld. The film is framed around the lifespan of one whale, Tilikum. We follow Tilikum from his capture in the wild, through to the present day. Along the way we learn about an industry which shows shocking disregard for both animal welfare and staff safety.  Review of Blackfish after the jump.

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