Exploring the Dark Side of Experimental Films

Going to the cinema is and has been a joy for millions of people for about a century now. Even if the film you end up seeing turns out to be putrid, there’s something special about sitting down in your seat, whether you’re by yourself, with friends, on a date etc., watching the lights dim down and waiting for the film to start. But every so often, when you skip the current blockbuster and chose to see that indie film that you’ve been hearing whispers about, you find yourself unsure of what to think afterwards and pondering what the film meant.

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Film Review: Manchester By The Sea

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The award season has rolled around again, and many of the films that garner attention are predisposed to the sentimental and emotive. The amount of drama releases, and their close proximity can often inoculate viewers against one of film’s greatest facets: its ability to connect on a deep personal level. Luckily there’s always a chance a film like Manchester by the Sea will come along and blow away all hints of cynicism; a brisk east-coast wind in the face of middling sentimentality.

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Film Review: The Love Witch

[3/5]

In association with Glasgow Film Theatre

The Love Witch is an… interesting wee film to say the least. Directed by renowned feminist director Anna Biller, who previously brought us Viva (2007), the film is a metaphorical and highly stylised look at relationships and the love game. Samantha Robinson portrays Elaine, a modern day witch who brews and casts love potions and spells in order to make men fall in love with her. Dire consequences arise for her and those around her as they take effect.

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Film Review: One Sings, The Other Doesn’t

In association with Glasgow Film Festival 2017

The friendship between Pauline or Pomme (Valérie Mairesse) and Suzanne (Thérèse Liotard) starts out with the former giving money to the latter to travel from Paris to Zurich in order to get a safe abortion. Abortion and birth, or family planning more generally, prove to be a recurring theme in Agnès Varda’s feminist landmark One Sings, The Other Doesn’t.

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Film Review: A Cure for Wellness

[5/5]

In Association with Glasgow Film Festival 2017

Leaving this special screening of the unique feature A Cure for Wellness starring Dane DeHane it quickly became apparent that whilst I can easily handle gore within horror films, I couldn’t handle a Gore Verbinski horror.

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