Review: A Ghost Story – in association with the Glasgow Film Theatre

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A year since his first foray into the big-time with Pete’s Dragon, David Lowery returns to the indie scene with A Ghost Story. The film is, for the most part, constructed of long, often static shots of its central, unnamed couple (Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara). There’s an uncomfortably voyeuristic quality to these shots, as the camera hovers over the two as they make love, or crouches unseen as, in one painfully drawn-out shot, Mara munches on an entire pie on her kitchen floor in a quiet moment of shame and grief. While these long scenes will polarise audiences regarding their necessity, what they inarguably succeed in doing is to elicit an emotional response (even if that response is simply frustration).

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Film Review – Tom of Finland

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In association with the GFT

Touko Laaksonen was by day a senior art director at an ad agency in his native Finland. Beyond his day-to-day, however, his craft was wildly different. Going by the pseudonym Tom of Finland, Laaksonen produced an extraordinary amount of homoerotic art, drawing men in uniform with wildly exaggerated muscles, moustaches and genitals.

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Film Review – Enactone

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As cringey as a “lesbian vampire erotic film” might sound like, Enactone is more than what its (possibly one of a kind) genre suggests. Film director Sky Deep Dietrich plays main character Marie Scott, former US slave turned into a vampire who now seeks vengeance against mankind through the acquiring of “orgasmic blood” from women (yes, you read it right).

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Whose Voice? – Subtitles or Dubbing in International Film

One of my all-time favourite movies is without a doubt the Studio Ghibli anime Spirited Away. With unforgettable characters, a vibrant story and some of the greatest animated visuals ever, it’s easily top five material. But whenever I try to introduce the film to somebody they always seem stubbornly passionate on whether they want subtitles or the English dubbed version, a debate many of us will have had at one point or another.

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Film Review – Miss Sloane

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Miss Sloane begins with a prim Jessica Chastain being fussed over by makeup artists and legal counsel, as she repeats her personal mantra: “Lobbying is about anticipating your opponent’s moves and devising counter measures”. Jonathan Perera’s first time script sticks ardently to this, often to a fault. It is a Sorkin-esque romp through the moral vagaries of the lobbying system, littered with cliche, high drama, absurdist moments, and in the end a genuine sense of heart and pathos. 

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Film Review – Berlin Syndrome

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For many of us the premise behind Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome would be our worst nightmare. Teresa Palmer of Hacksaw Ridge plays Clare, a tourist backpacking around Berlin.  After a couple of encounters with charming teacher Andi (Max Riemelt) she ends up having a one night stand with him. Things take a dark turn the next morning however when Andi locks Clare in his flat and refuses to let her leave, making her a prisoner in his home.

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