SFF2013: For Those In Peril

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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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SFF2013: Cheap Thrills

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Jun 092013
 

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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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SFF2013: Dirty Wars

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Jun 062013
 

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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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SFF2013: Lovelace

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Jun 052013
 

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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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SFF2013: We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

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Jun 042013
 

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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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SFF2013: Blackfish

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Jun 022013
 

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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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SFF2013: I Am Divine

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May 312013
 

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Harris Glenn Milstead, an overweight actor, singer and stage performer unexpectedly died in 1988. To many, he wasn’t known as Glenn, but as Divine, drag queen extraordinaire who found stardom via filmmaker John Waters, as his chosen leading lady for a large number of his earlier, career-defining films. Divine will be remembered by many as that fearless performer who ate dog feces on camera in Pink Flamingo’s, but to the rest of those who knew and idolised him, he will be remembered as one of the sweetest and most generous people alive. I Am Divine wants to include you, the audience into that latter group, and introduce you not to an act, but to a man whose capacity for love far exceeded the attention he strived for.

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