Remember Deadpool? Of course you do. After years of development hell, and even a botched attempt in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2016’s Deadpool saw the fan favourite superhero finally translated to the big screen. The film exploded in popularity, not only because it was cleverly written and made with such passion but due to its self-awareness of how juvenile and absurd it was, something that rang true about the source material. Like all popular media however there was a faction of the internet outraged at the film, proclaiming that its overreliance on self-deprecating humour and fourth wall jokes made it childish and were an attempt to disguise its flaws by poking fun at them, even if it was faithful to the comics.
Movies are a grand form of escapism. They help us momentarily forget the problems or events of our current lives and offer us the ability to be entertained for their runtime. But sometimes movies can be pretty damn tough to sit through. Whether they deal with traumatic themes or they’re based off of a tragic event from history, some films seem less like light hearted pastimes and more like endurance tests in intensity.
Watching Fifty Shades Darker is like sitting in a restaurant waiting for a date when you’re not even sure they’re going to show up. It’s embarrassing, infuriating and soul-crushing all at the same time.
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.
In association with the French Film Festival
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.
In association with Glasgow Film Festival 2017
Based on the seven volume long manga of the same name, A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) takes the trope of the bully, a cliché often handled poorly due to generic treatment, and explores it in a variety of deep and insightful ways. Back in elementary school, Shoya Ishida used to bully his deaf classmate Shoko Nishimiya to the point where she had to transfer, leaving him to deal with overwhelming guilt. Years later Ishida meets Nishimiya again and thus the film becomes an entrancing, gut-wrenching redemption story.